Happy Sunday & Happy Easter, everyone! I hope today has been a great one! For today’s blog post I’m going to be sharing what all I have read so far in 2019. I’ll have the rating of each book, my thoughts and if I recommend these books (which I probably will for every book, let’s be honest here lol) and at the end I’ll share what all is on my April To Be Read (TBR) list and what all I’ve read there so let’s get into these books and reviews!
So I have been in such a long reading slump and I had decided to pick up my books again and read them (and finish them!) and I am so glad I did, I never knew I would miss reading so much and I definitely plan to read more this year!
The Paris Key – Juliet Blackwell – ☆☆☆☆/5
My thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. I loved the depiction of Paris and all it’s lovely places to visit. I liked the story and it did intrigue me, although, it did get confusing a bit when moving from different storylines, but it was easy to get used to once reading more into it. I will say the comparison between the French and American got a bit annoying and the repetition also got a bit annoying, but I did like the writing style and overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes chick-lit, contemporary and self-discovery.
Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll – ☆☆☆☆☆/5
My thoughts: I really enjoyed both and I found it funny, sometimes a bit confusing, but I enjoyed it a lot and I can see why it’s loved by so many. So happy I finally read this classic and can’t wait to read more children’s classics.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling – ☆☆☆☆/5
My thoughts: I really enjoyed it and it’s such a fun and interesting book. I love the magic world of witches and wizards and really wish Hogwart’s was a real school (and Ilvermorny, can’t forget them!) so I could attend and take all the classes and channel my inner Hermione Granger. I just really could go one. I like how this gives us a picture of what’s to come with the other books and makes you want more. Definitely recommend!
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J. K. Rowling – ☆☆☆☆☆/5
My thoughts: I really enjoyed the second book (almost) a bit better than the first one, but I like that things got more crazy and interesting – almost like a little mystery book which I love. It was funny, it made me mad, it made me feel lots of emotions and I didn’t put the book down as much as I did the first one so to say I got into the story, it got really into the story, I loved it. I really can’t wait to finish the rest of the series! 🙂
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between – Lauren Graham – ☆☆☆☆/5
My thoughts: I grew up watching Gilmore Girls so it’s no surprise I picked this book up. I love how relaxed and “normal” (as if talking to you face to face kind of normal, if that makes any sense at all – probably not. haha). It felt like she was talking to audience as a friend and I really liked that and I enjoyed getting a glimpse at what she went through and how she got to her role as Lorelai Gilmore and how she felt reprising her role and even shares photos from her own personal diary. I just love how it was so personal and it was such a fun read. 🙂
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky – ☆☆☆☆☆/5
My thoughts: I love this book so much! It made me cry (which is very rare!) and it made me mad, it made me sad, it sometimes went deep about some topics, but I really enjoyed this coming of age, contemporary read and I have yet to watch the movie, but what I’ve heard it’s like the book (bc Chbosky directed it I believe) so I’m interested to see if which I like better or equally. I would check the trigger warnings before reading the book just in case. Overall really enjoyed this read and recommend it.
Go Ask Alice Anonymous – Beatrice Sparks – ☆☆☆☆/5
My thoughts: I read this book in high school and enjoyed it so I decided to re-read it again now that I’m 25 and I still enjoyed it. There are some tough parts and of course lots of talk of drug use and how one goes to such lengths to get said substance and what it can cause mentally and physically. This was a pretty powerful read and it gave me chills, but would recommend but also check for any trigger warnings before reading.
5 Centimeters per Second – Makoto Shinkai – ☆☆☆☆☆/5
My thoughts: I absolutely loved this sweet manga of two kids getting to know each other and try to keep in contact despite the distance and slowly drift apart and live their lives. Although, one definitely hasn’t completely moved on from their first love and this shows what happens with that alongside with some other people’s backstories. I really need to get my hands on the second volume if there is one (without having to buy the first volume again) because how it ended was definitely a cliff-hanger and that just killed me – I need to know what happens after (!!!) so if anyone has it or knows where I can buy it, please, let me know! haha
Imadoki! Nowadays, Vol 1. – Yuu Watase – ☆☆☆☆/5
My thoughts: I found this so funny and just overall very comedic, but it definitely has lots of bullying which makes me both sad and mad, but I absolutely love Tanpopo positive outlook in life and how determined she is and sees the good is people even when they treat her horribly. I love the plot of this and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series (thanks to ThriftBooks for having the rest of the series at such great prices and in good condition!) and share my thoughts on each book and the series as a whole. (I can’t wait!)
R. O. D. Read or Die Vol. 1 + Vol. 2 – Hideyuki Kurata – ☆☆☆☆/5
My thoughts: I found this to be full of fun and action and lots of books and mystery. This definitely made me want to know more about the plot of this story and what was going to happen next and I like how it’s connected, but there’s different missions and tasks to accomplish, but I have yet to get the last two to complete the series because the second one was definitely better than the first one and gave you a look into what could happen and it leaves you guessing and wanting more! Definitely need to get the last two so I can finish it and share my thoughts, haha.
April TBR List
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – read
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass – read
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – read
The Paris Key – read
Me Before You – currently reading – probably will finish today
Wuthering Heights – will read tomorrow (hehe)
So these are all the books I’ve read so far in 2019 and I can’t wait to update y’all and blog my little reading goals slowly getting accomplished (
finally) after having a really long reading slump. Definitely be on the look out of a book haul coming soon on both the blog and my channel – so excited to share all the books I got and at such a bargain! 🙂
Let me know what books you’ve read so far this year and any book recommendations you want to share – I would love to add them to my list of books to check out! Hope y’all enjoyed this and hope your weekend was a great one!