The Books of 2019

Goodreads Challenge: 20
Books Finished: 20
Books DNF: 5

I lowered my challenge from 50 books to 20 in 2019, and I think this was a good idea.  I’m keeping that same energy in 2020, plus it goes with the number.  I still have book reviews from 2018 to write, so the lower number theoretically helps bring that down, too (not…really).

Because I only read 20 books, I’m going to list them all here in no particular order at first then the Top 10 after.


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Classic)

You really have to keep your present sensibilities in check in order to garner what Fitzgerald was after.  It’s not a bad message about how we treat the very young vs. the very old, but it comes with a whole bunch of yikes.

Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare (Classic)

The question of Cleopatra’s betrayal is still up in the air, and the ruminations on the concept are far more fascinating than the answer.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (Classic)

Oh my fucking god, this was almost laughably bad in so many ways.  I’m glad I read it, but it was dry and plodding for so many chapters.  The most interesting parts involved the Persian who doesn’t even get a name.  Raoul’s character as well as Eric’s were greatly improved by Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical, which greatly improved upon many aspects of Leroux’s work.

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The State of the Reader: 5/8/19

<–The State of the Reader: 4/24/19         The State of the Reader: 5/22/19–>

A biweekly post updated every other Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads, and if you have an account there feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Obtained: 2


Books Finished: 2

Title: Coal
Series Title: Everleaf
Author: Constance Burris
Date Added: April 23, 2017
Date Started: April 10, 2019
Date Finished: April 30, 2019

Coal coverMedia: eBook/Kindle

By the end, I couldn’t stand Chalcedony.  She’s immature and needs to understand actions have consequences.  She’s supposed to be a ruler, and while I understand perceptions of power are vital, she just keeps making mistakes in order to maintain her image, which causes her to look worse.  Coal, the “weak” human, is much better at making decisions than her.  He’s not afraid to do what needs to be done even at the risk of his own life.  Even though the next book has the princess’s name, it seems to start with Coal (unfairly facing consequences for Chalcedony’s actions), so I’m interested in continuing.

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The State of the Reader: 4/24/19

<–The State of the Reader: 4/10/19         The State of the Reader: 5/8/19–>

A biweekly post updated every other Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads, and if you have an account there feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Obtained: 2


Books Finished: 1

Title: The Phantom of the Opera
Author: Gaston Leroux
Date Added: November 29, 2018
Date Started: December 2, 2018
Date Finished: April 18, 2019
Reading Duration: 137 days

The Phantom of the OperaMedia: Paperback

Thank…god I’m finished with this novel.  Raoul was a complete waste of space, and Christine could’ve easily been replaced with a sexy, singing lamp for all the agency she had.  The most interesting character was the Persian who didn’t even have a name.  This is one of those stories that became better in adaptation.

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The State of the Reader: 4/10/19

<–The State of the Reader: 3/27/19         The State of the Reader: 4/24/19–>

A biweekly post updated every other Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads, and if you have an account there feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Obtained: 0


Books Finished: 2

Title: Leviathan Wakes
Series Title: The Expanse
Author: James S. A. Corey
Date Added: June 6, 2018
Date Started: February 19, 2019
Date Finished: April 4, 2019

Leviathan Wakes coverMedia: eBook/Kindle

This book was so much more than its flawed characters who were so for a reason.  It doesn’t mean they can’t become icons if you’re willing to make some sacrifices.

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