Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s topic is Bookish Discoveries I Made in 2019
I started blogging in June 2019 so my biggest bookish discovery of the year was the amazing book blogging community. I have felt so welcomed by everyone, made so many great friends and really I cannot recommend it more highly. Every single one of you that has reached out to me via a comment, a like, an interview request… I love you all. You have absolutely no idea how much being a member of this community means to me. It really has added so much more to my life.
(2) BOOKISH TWITTER!!!!!!
Okay I freely admit I am a bit flaky when it comes to remembering I have Twitter some weeks but when I log on and discover I am tagged in a tweet I get such joy. I love taking part in all those fun game style tweets and also seeing these bite size snippets of everyone’s lives. For anyone that is interested my twitter handle is @ALittleHaze
(3) BOOK SLEEVES!!!!!!!!!
Okay I knew these existed before 2019 but they are super expensive to buy so I never bought one. But last year it really started to annoy me how whenever I would attend any of my hospital appointments the books I brought with me would get a bit scuffed in my bag…
SO I HEADED TO YOU TUBE!!!!!!!!!!!!! And discovered some incredibly helpful video tutorials on how to sew my own and now I am the owner of four fabulous booksleeves! Each one is a different size so I have one to fit every type of novel I own!
(4) GOTHIC(ish) NOVELS!!!!!!!!!
Okay, I have read gothic novels before 2019 but this year was the year I realised that these books are always among my favourites when I read them! Books such as The Binding and In the Night Wood made my list of favs come the end of the year.
(5) MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS!!!!
At the end of 2019 I read a lot of middle grade novels and I found that I really loved the reading experience. I read them when I needed to feel soothed by a book and it was really one of the best decisions I made all year. Some of my favs were written by Lindsey Kelk, Matt Haig, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Geoff Rodkey and Elizabeth Laird.
(6) BETH O’LEARY!!!!
(7) SCIENCE FICTION!!!!
I’ve always read Science Fiction but I really feel like 2019 was the year I truly embraced the genre with favourite titles such as I Still Dream, thought-provoking reads such as The Calculating Stars and Dune, and three five starred reads from the awesome Becky Chambers (To Be Taught If Fortunate and Books 2 and 3 from her Wayfarers series).
(8) JESSIE BURTON!!!!
I had meant to read Jessie Burton for years and in 2019 I read two novels by her; The Muse and The Confession. I loved The Muse but The Confession…. WOW!!!! It takes the title of my out right favourite read of 2019.
And that’s my TTT for this week… Okay so it’s technically a Top 8 but it’s the thought that counts lol!