This week’s theme is “Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019 (these could be books, authors, blogs, websites, apps, products, etc.)” Just a warning, because I have a terrible memory, some of the websites may be discoveries I made in 2018, but I definitely used them more in 2019.
Also, this is all in fun, I’m not sponsored by anyone. If I’m giving a lot of praise, it’s because I truly love it.
1.Top Ten Tuesdays
Let’s start off with an easy one! TTT is really fun and I’ve been able to talk to a lot more people with this meme!
So, I also found Edelweiss and NetGalley, but this website has done better for getting me ARCs that those two (so far). That’s primarily because BookishFirst gives out ARCs through giveaways, so there’s just more of a likely chance than a publisher judging my blog.
So, BookishFirst allows you to read the first couple chapters of a wide variety of books and you earn points by writing reviews of those first couple of chapters. Once you earn enough points, you can get a free ARC, no need to enter the giveaway. I’ve gotten 4 books this way and I really like it!
3. Riveted By Simon Teen
The main draw to this is it’s free books and extended reads! Free books range from backlist and books released in the past year or so. Extended reads are for books published that year and allow you to read a decent chuck of the book to see if the book is for you.
They also did 25 days of free reads and there were so many good books that were all 2019 releases!
4. Trans ownvoices master list
I’m going to shout out two things here, as they both serve a similar purpose and are somewhat connected (I also want more people to know about both and to use them). The first is a list of books about trans characters reviewed by trans people as we want to be hyping up books with trans characters that are seen as harmful by trans communities. Second is a list of books with trans characters written by trans authors. Both are really important resources
5. Margaret Rogerson
I’ve loved both her books, SORCERY OF THORNS and AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS. I don’t know when her third book is coming out, but I cannot wait for that announcement. Depending on the synopsis of it, Rogerson may be a new auto-buy author for me.
6. Juliet Takes a Breath
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera may be my favorite YA contemporary of the year. If nothing else, it’s the YA contemporary that’s left the most lasting impact on me. I’m actually considering getting a tattoo of a line from this book.
7. Amazon First
So, I no longer have Prime, but when I did, it was the reason I got to read The Fever King when I did, which as you saw was a fave of mine last year. I don’t think I would have gravitated toward it without Amazon First. So thank you Amazon, for the one thing you did last year that wasn’t absolutely terrible.
8. Adult Romance
I really did discover adult romance last year, and overall I enjoyed it. My favorites are clearly ones that aren’t with straight, white, cis, abled couples. I can’t wait to read a couple more this year!
9. Library Overdrive
I’m reading way more ebooks and audiobooks this way! It also means I can actually use my library during college (because I’m not going to check out a physical book while an hour away from my library, but an ebook is far more doable). Alas, all of the really good stuff (i.e. most of the diverse books) are only available as physical copies, but Overdrive is a lifesaver. Speaking of which…
I never picked up an audiobook before and it turns out, I don’t hate them. I’m very new to audiobooks and really only listen to what’s available with my library, but very few have been bad in terms of the “audio” part of audiobook.
10.5: Bonus TTT
Yes, this is technically 11, but this is artwork for a book that is still in the WIP stage so I’m giving it a half so more people can gush about this concept with me.