The 2020 Bookish Academy Awards

I first saw this on PeruseProject booktube channel. She does this post every year and I always think it looks like so much fun that this year I decided I had to play along. I’m pretty bad about watching the real awards show mostly to see what everyone is wearing, as the awards tend to drag a bit and everyone feels like they need to spend 10 mins on a speech. But an awards show for books? Sign my butt up.

And just for the sake of these winners, I’m sticking to books that I have read in the last year.

Best Actor (Best Male Protagonist)


Lysander – Dark Age (Red Rising, #5) by Pierce Brown

That’s right, I said it! I really think Lysander took over in this one. There’s something about his character that just fascinates me every time he’s on the page. I don’t really know what to expect from him in the next book.

Best Actress (Best Female Protagonist)


Morrigan – The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1) by Jessica Townsend

This little girl is who I aspire to be like. She’s feisty, sarcastic, and pretty street smart for being only 11 years old. I just love everything about her, especially that sassy personality of hers.

Best Cinematography (Best Plot Twist)


Skyward (Skyward, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

I don’t want to spoil anything for the people who haven’t read this book… but oh. my. god. That ending had me shooketh. I finally bought the sequel the other day so I get to find out what Spensa is going to do next.

Best Costume Design (Best Book Cover)


The Fever King (Feverwake, #1) by Victoria Lee

I mean, just look at that cover. It’s gorgeous. It has all of my favorite colors in it – purple, blue, violet, aqua. I just love everything about it, especially since it’s still fairly simple.

Best Supporting Actress (Best Female Sidekick)


The Sikh Widows – Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Each of these ladies in this book are so precious. They’re funny, strong, and full of wisdom. I loved the stories that they come up with and how it shows how full of life and imagination that they have. They were constantly surprising me, just like they were surprising Nikki.

Best Supporting Actor (Best Male Sidekick)


Max – Supernova (Renegades, #3) by Marissa Meyer

I love sweet Max. He tries so hard to help however he can, even though he’s kept out of harm’s way. I really loved how we finally get to see him come into his own in this finale.

Best Original Screenplay (Most Unique Plot/World)


The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I can’t even begin to describe the whimsical world that Morgenstern created in this book.  It seems so real while you’re reading it. I just wanted to get lost in the library, reading all of the books and experiencing the magic myself amongst the stacks.

Best Adapted Screenplay (Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation)


Little Women by Greta Gerwig

I mean, obviously.

Best Animated Feature (Best Graphic Novel)

I’ve only read one graphic novel and that was a few years ago, so unfortunately I don’t have a winner for this year. Maybe next time!

Best Director (Writer You Just Discovered)


Yangsze Choo

Choo is an amazing writer. I love that she focuses on Asian historical fiction, which is something that I’ve never really read about before. After reading The Night Tiger, I definitely plan to read every book that she ever writes.

Best Visual Effects (Best Action in a Book)


Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I found this series to be super exciting from start to finish. I love how all of the crew members play a part in the action with their different specialties. We can only expect that to continue even more in the next book.

Best Musical Score (Best Music in an Adaptation)

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“Toss a Coin to Your Witcher”, anyone? Hells yes.

Best Short Film (Best Novella or Short Book)

And again, I didn’t read any novellas this past year. I think I’ve only ever read one in my entire life, if I’m being honest. I just prefer a full story and not something barely a 100 pages long.

Best Picture (Best Standalone)


Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I don’t know if I would’ve felt the same way about this book had I read it instead of listen to the audiobook version. However, I am so glad I did. It felt like I was truly listening to a real episode of Behind the Music, especially with it being narrated by a full cast. I can’t wait for the movie adaptation.

Best Documentary (Best Historical Fiction)


Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1) by Ken Follett

This book was everything that I could ask for in a novel. It’s full of political intrigue, family dynamics, romance, and amazingly accurate historical details. I plan to pick up the sequel very soon!

Are you a fan of the Oscars? What books would you choose to be winners? Do you agree with any of my picks?


2019 End of Year Survey

2019 was a solid reading year for myself, if not as great as I was hoping it would be. However, I did get to read some amazing books and find new favorite authors so I can’t complain too much. I can’t wait to look back on everything that I’ve read over the past year!

If you wish to participate in the survey, please link back to the original creator – Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner.

2019 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 64
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in Book

Best Book You Read In 2019?


Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?


Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?


Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?


Best series you started in 2019? Best sequel of 2019? Best series finale of 2019?

Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?


Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?


Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?


Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?


Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?


Most memorable character of 2019?


Jude is a total badass and no one can say otherwise.

Most beautifully written book read in 2019?


Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2019?


Book you can’t believe you waited until 2019 to finally read?


Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?

“By you, I am forever undone.” – The Queen of Nothing

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?

Book That Shocked You The Most


OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)


Jude and Cardan… I think it’s pretty easy to see how I feel about this book.

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year


Morrigan and Hawthorne crack me up with their friendship. She’s cynical and he is Mr. Get-Into-All-of-the-Trouble.

Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously


Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.


Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?


I will always go for the moody and brooding guys, especially ones with a bit of darkness in them like Nathaniel.

Best 2019 debut you read?


Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?


Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?


Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?


Hidden Gem Of The Year?


Book That Crushed Your Soul?


Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?


Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?


Your Blogging/Bookish Life

New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019?

I have done a terrible job keeping up with the bookish community this past year. Maybe that’s why I was affected by so many reading slumps – I wasn’t keeping myself hyped up.

Favorite post you wrote in 2019?

If You Liked That…Read This: Historical Fiction Edition

Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019?

Ummm, I did not take one. Oops!

Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to BookCon this past year but I was able to participate in the blog tour for Songs from the Deep!

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?

Probably when I finally reach over 1000 followers on my blog. I don’t really promote it a whole lot so it’s been nice to see it grow so much this year.

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

My reading life took a bit of a hit this year from going into so many random reading slumps, which has really affected my will to actually post regularly. It’s something I’m really hoping to not have an issue with this coming year.

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

The 5 Most Disappointing Books of 2019

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Top 5 Audiobook Recommendations

Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I don’t think I really have one this year.

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Hahahahahaha… Nope, didn’t finish either of one. Epic 2019 fail.

Looking Ahead

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?


Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?


2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?


Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?


One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?

Keep away from the dreaded reading slumps and try to consistently blog post.

How did you reading year go in 2019? What was a book that surprised you the most? Did you read a hidden gem of a novel? Did any books disappoint you? Please leave a link to your reading survey in the comments below!

My Top Fave Reads of the First Half of 2019

Six months of reading in 2019?! ALREADY?! Yes, it is crazy and I cannot believe it either. Why is this year just going by so freaking fast? I would say I want it to slow down somewhat, but then it would take longer for fall to arrive and I just can’t have that. I need cooler weather and legging season to arrive already. But I digress… It’s time to talk about some of my favorite reads of 2019 (so far).

39348113Skyward (Skyward, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Believe it or not, this is my first Sanderson novel… And boy, does it not disappoint! I really enjoyed Spensa as a main character, with her quirky and strong personality. I loved how action packed this story was and that ending left me dying to find out what is going to happen next.



Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

You’re probably tired of hearing people rave about this story, but trust me when I say that it is truly worth the hype. I also recommend listening to the audiobook version, as I think it brings the story to life and the physical book might lose some of that magic.




The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

This was such a lovely historical fiction novel set in Malaysia. I’m not usually one for magical realism stories but I think it really worked well here, as it was blended with Chinese folklore. This is another book that I recommend the audio version of as well.




Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Books that alive?! Sassy sorcerers?! Extremely polite and chivalrous demons?! Yes, you can find all of that an more in this awesome novel. Rogerson has solidified herself to be a new auto-buy author for me. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.




A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

I love retellings but this one really found itself a special place in my heart. All of the characters were complex and interesting, and I can always appreciate when the love-to-hate trope is done really well. And oh boy, that ending… WOW.




Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1) by Fonda Lee

This was a book that I never knew I needed – an Asian inspired story about mafia-like families and kungfu. I really enjoyed the in-depth look of family relationships and what loyalty really means. This story was brutal and yet it kept leaving me wanting more.



What were some of your favorites reads of 2019 so far? Have you read any of the books on list? If so, what did you think of them?




2019 Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

Another half year has gone by super fast. I think it really is true what they say, “The years go fast, but the days go slow.” I think that’s especially true as you get older. I mean I will turn 30 in 18 months and that doesn’t even compute with me sometimes. However, that also means that we’ve had 6 months of reading time so far in 2019 and that is awesome. It also means that I’m THIS much closer to my favorite time of year – fall. Cold weather is calling me and I cannot wait!

Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2019

I couldn’t pick just one book because all four of these books just rocked my freaking world this year for different reasons. I cannot recommend them enough to people.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2019


I’m honestly just trash for this series. The first one was so unique but maybe suffered from a bit of slow pacing, but holy moly this sequel was insanely amazing. There was an outlaw style space port, cage-style fighting, etc. I don’t even know how Caine and Aguirre are going to be able to top this sequel, but I have really high hopes!

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

Basically I’m kicking my ass over having not read these books because I am obsessed with Jeff Zentner and Emily Henry’s novels. But I will say that I own Kingsbane but I’ve been putting it aside until I do a reread of Furyborn. It’s happening soon though, for sure.

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year

Okay, just give me all of the books at this point. I promise I won’t complain.

Biggest Disappointment


I wish I understood what the hype was with this book but it did not work at all for me. The main character was so whiny and naïve, making it really hard for me to care about any of her thoughts. I get that maybe that’s a reason because she’s been so isolated but still, it just didn’t work for me.

Biggest Surprise


I know there was a lot of hype going around this book when it first came out, especially considering it was Reese Witherspoon’s book club pick. But even with that, I wasn’t sure it was going to work for me as I’m super picky when it comes to contemporary novels. However, I freaking loved it so much! I listened to the audiobook and it was amazing. I’ll definitely be picking up whatever else this author writes.

Favorite New Author (Debut/New To You)


I am so impressed by the world-building Fonda Lee created in Jade City. It was so impressive and interesting. This was my first read by her but I know I’m already obsessed. I can’t wait to continue with this series and also explore some of her other novels.

Newest Fictional Crush


Nathaniel Thorn is one sassy sexy sorcerer. I was living for his witty one-liners and the back and forth banter between him and Elizabeth.

Newest Favorite Character


Spensa is so feisty and strong-willed. I love that she doesn’t take no for an answer but continues to fight for what she wants and what she believes in. She’s just a little firecracker. I am slowly dying inside waiting for the sequel to come out because I cannot wait to see what she’s going to do next.

Book That Made You Cry


Yeah, I’ll admit that I shed a few tears at work while listening to this audiobook. They were happy tears though!

Book That Made You Happy


This book was just such a joy. It was engaging and fun, with a really great family story as well. It wasn’t what I was expecting at first but turned out to be just as great.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year


What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year

Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You’ve Seen This Year

I don’t know if it really counts since I haven’t read the books but I really enjoyed Dumplin’ and Mortal Engines.

Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year

What is your favorite book read of 2019 so far? Biggest disappointment? Have you discovered a new favorite author? What book are you most looking forward to reading in the second half of the year?

March Wrap-Up: Reviews, Reading Challenges, etc.

I had another great reading month in March. I think was really helped by the fact that I went on an audiobook binge this month. I think I might be the only person who didn’t know you can return books on Audible after you listened to them and receive the credit for it. I made like 6 exchanges as soon as I found it, getting rid of books that I didn’t finish or didn’t like enough to want to listen to again. Y’all, this a game changer for me! I always hate waiting an entire month to receive a new credit. I’m an impatient person… Oops?

Books Read

  • The Beautiful Strangers by Camille Di Maio – audiobook
  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – audiobook, REVIEW
  • Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, #6) by Morgan Rhodes – physical book
  • The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo – audiobook
  • The Fever King (Feverwake, #1) by Victoria Lee – eARC, REVIEW
  • Honor Bound (The Honors, #2) by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre – physical book
  • Fawkes by Nadine Brandes – audiobook
  • Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1) by Sylvain Neuvel – physical book, buddy read
  • Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison – audiobook

Total Books Read: 9

Overall in 2019: 25

Reading Challenge Updates


  • A book by two female authors – Honor Bound
  • A debut novel – The Fever King
  • A book author from Asia, Africa, or South America – The Night Tiger
  • A book with a two word title – Immortal Reign
  • Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR reading challenge: book with magic – Fawkes

Goodreads Challenge

Total: 25/75

Previous Total: 16/75

Blog Posts

Book Reviews

WWW Wednesday


Did you get a lot of reading done in March? Were you able to read all of the books on your TBR? Did you read any new favorites? What book did you like the least? What do you plan on reading in April?

Top 5 Audiobook Recommendations

I know some people aren’t big fans of audiobooks or have ever given them a chance, as I used to be one of them. However, I’m lucky enough to work at a job where I can keep a headphone in one ear and listen to music or whatever. So one day about two years ago, I finally decided that I needed to give listening to audiobooks a try… and I am SO glad I did. I get to listen to so many audiobooks now, between work and listening while at the gym. So if you’re like the old me and are just starting out with audiobooks, or are maybe a pro at it and just want some new ones to add to your Audible account, then I hope my recommendations help! 🙂

Sadie by Courtney Summers

This book is written in two different ways – one as a regular narrative following Sadie, and the other is a podcast format. Now I haven’t read this book in hard copy, but I can say that listening to the audiobook version truly brings you into the story. It makes the podcast narration come to life, just like if you were actually listening to a true crime podcast. I cannot recommend it enough.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

We all love Neil Gaiman. I mean, how could you not? But I wonder how many of you have tried his middle grade novel, The Graveyard Book? Well if you haven’t, I cannot recommend the audiobook version enough. It’s a full cast experience complete with music and sound effects. You can really feel the atmospheric setting of the graveyard come to alive. Seriously, you won’t regret it.

This is Our Story by Ashley Elston

A YA murder-mystery is the perfect story to translate into an audiobook. I loved how the mystery seemed even more realistic like you’re experiencing it in a movie, rather than just following along the page. The narration had me hooked from the beginning and I think it will do the same to you too!

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I’ll admit that I’m actually currently in the middle of this one, but I can already tell that it’ll be one of my favorites. It’s another full cast audio featuring actors Benjamin Bratt, Jennifer Beals, Pablo Schreiber, and Judy Greer. It sounds just like listening to an episode of Behind the Music. I love that documentary feel to it.

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

Audiobooks read by the author can be very hit or miss. However, Choo does an amazing job bringing her own characters to life. She has a very peaceful voice that really lends an extra ethereal quality to the magical realism and Chinese mythology in the story. It’s also just a beautiful story set in 1930’s Malaysia, which isn’t a typical setting for a YA novel.

Do you like to listen to audiobooks? If so, what are some of your favorites? Have you listened to any of the books on my list?

WWW Wednesday – March 20th, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, #6) by Morgan Rhodes – physical book
  • Fawkes by Nadine Brandes – audiobook
  • And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga, #1) by Kiersten White – physical book, buddy read

I’m finally making progress with Immortal Reign after a busy weekend. I should have it finished before Friday if I can keep up this pace. Fingers crossed….

I just started listening to Fawkes yesterday and am loving it so far! I love how Brandes is retelling this historical event and combining it with magic and fantastical elements. I can’t wait to find out how this will all end. Will the gunpowder go off? I guess I’ll find out soon enough!

Currently buddy reading And I Darken with Geronimo Reads and am really enjoying it so far. Lada is such a little badass and I love seeing how her mind is constantly moving. I’m not sure what to expect with how White rewrites history. It’s going to be exciting!

What did you recently finish reading?

  • The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo – audiobook, 5/5 Stars
  • Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison – audiobook, 3/5 Stars

I really loved The Night Tiger. It was so different from anything else I’d ever read and I loved the mix of Chinese mythology and historical fiction. I wasn’t expecting it to turn into a murder mystery, which only added to the plot tension. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

Whiskey When We’re Dry was an interesting story, if a little slow to really get into the plot. This was my first western book in a way, and I probably shouldn’t have dived back into the genre with literary fiction. It was a little too dry (HA!) and lacked as much action as I was hoping for.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1) by Fonda Lee – physical book
  • Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith – physical ARC
  • The English Wife by Lauren Willig – physical book

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday – March 13th, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison – audiobook
  • Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, #6) by Morgan Rhodes – physical book
  • The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo – audiobook

I’ve finally put a dent in Whiskey When We’re Dry. The story has finally started picking up plot-wise and the tension has definitely amped up a bit. I should finish it within the next day or so.

I haven’t been reading much of Immortal Reign but I definitely plan to finish it by this weekend. It’s very exciting and engaging, I just got a little sidetracked by my other reads and also watching Black Sails on Amazon Prime, haha. I have a thing for pirates, what can I say?!

The Night Tiger has been such a surprising delight! I love the learning more about Chinese mythology and how it’s woven throughout the story, especially in regards to the mystery. And the mystery!! It keeps pulling me back in, as I can’t way to find out what’s going to happen next and find out how it will all end. I highly recommend this book, especially the audiobook that’s read by the author.

What did you recently finish reading?


  • Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1) – physical book, buddy read

This book was interesting. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it overall. My favorite part of the book was Mr. Burns and he was honestly what kept pulling me back into the book. It did seem to drag a bit in the middle but I thought the ending was really fun. I do plan to continue with the series and find out what will happen next after that cliffhanger.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1) by Fonda Lee – physical book
  • Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith – physical ARC
  • The English Wife by Lauren Willig – physical book

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

My March TBR

Here I go again by not posting my monthly TBR with already one week down in the month… Eh, who cares. I have no qualms about being completely unorganized and never planning ahead more than a day or two with my blog posts. Seriously, how do those of you who have blog posts scheduled like a month in advance?!! Tell me your ways, pretty please!


  • Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison – audiobook, currently listening
  • Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1) by Sylain Neuvel – physical book, currently buddy reading with Britt @ Geronimo Reads
  • Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith – physical ARC
  • The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo – audiobook
  • And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga, #1) by Kiersten White – physical book, buddy read
  • Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, #6) by Morgan Rhodes – physical book, currently reading
  • Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1) by Fonda Lee – physical book
  • The English Wife by Lauren Willig – physical book
  • Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales, #1) by Holly Black – physical book
  • Honor Bound (The Honors, #2) by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre – physical book
  • Lifel1k3 (Lifelike, #1) by Jay Kristoff

I’m being very brave with my TBR this month but I really want to go for it! I feel like I can get through it, especially with some of these exciting books which I can just see myself speeding through. I plan on mixing more genres other than YA into my reading for the rest of the year and I think this month’s choices are a good way to ease myself into it.

What books do you plan on reading this month? Have you read any of the books on my list? Have you changed up your reading habits or plan to this year?