Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
2019 was a year of books! Where to start, where to start. Hmmmmmmm…
I’m not sure where to begin! I generally read a lot of debuts in a year, but I did “discover” (lol ok not really at all—I found them through Goodreads) some authors that I love. This was a year of reading diversely, from authors of color to queer authors to authors with disabilities to Muslim authors, and their diverse characters. I also rekindled my love for adult science fiction and fantasy, and realized that why yes, I do enjoy reading romance.
These are my favorite new (to me) authors of 2019:
This one is super easy, because I took the plunge and created a blog last May, and met all of you!
The past seven months has been a lot of fun, and I look forward to a full year of making connections and sending my rambling reviews into the world.
2019 was a year of stepping up a little bit on Goodreads, and getting out of my comfort zone. I joined (another) book club, and liked it so much that I asked to be a moderator—and I’ve been the Games and Challenges mod for almost a year now!
We just hit 1300 members! And our January Readathon is now, so if you want to try out a no-pressure Readathon, maybe join us and give it a whirl?
How to Get Free Books
Lol JK. I’m a frugal cheapskate and I hate buying books unless I absolutely love them. Which means I need to read them first.
I already knew about NetGalley and used it frequently before to request ARCs, but I started becoming more successful in getting approved on Edelweiss too.
And I’m a super library user. I’ve still got some past library subscriptions that are still current, and I use OverDrive frequently to find the books I want to listen to or read on my Kindle. A long commute=listening at 1.5x=more audiobooks consumed.
Some library apps that are 100% worth it (that aren’t OverDrive or Libby): Hoopla and RBDigital. Hoopla has a pretty solid comics collection, along with decent movies and a surprisingly awesome selection of ebooks and eaudiobooks that are all automatically available. No holds list! RBDigital is good too, and just like OverDrive/Libby you can add multiple accounts.
Also, if you’re in North Carolina and have a library card (and a participating library), NC Live is a pretty awesome resource that’s totally free. From scholarly articles to authoritative news sources to lots of ebooks and eaudiobooks to resume help to test prep to reference assistance to so much more, it has a lot to offer.
What were your favorite bookish discoveries of 2019?