Hello friends! I haven’t stopped in here on my blog for a hot second, which is a bummer, but one of my goals for 2020 is to keep up with blogging better, so I figured I’d get off to a good start by sharing a post with you all today! I present to you…
The 2nd Annual Blossoms and Bullet Journals Personal Book Awards!
I know it’s not Tuesday, but the Top Ten Tuesday prompt for this week is Favorite Books I Read in 2019, so I’m linking up with them.
Book covers are from Goodreads and link to the books’ respective Goodreads pages.
Take the Cake | Best Book
It was SO hard to narrow my choices down to a top three, but I think these have to be my favorite books I’ve read this year…there are so many more I could’ve said for this category though. (Interestingly, two of the three books I ended up picking are not YA…hmm…)
Hidden Gem | Best Underrated Book
I haven’t heard a lot of people talking about either of these books this year, but they’re both super good! Amelia Westlake Was Never Here is a fun contemporary with mischief and an f/f romance, and In the Neighborhood of True is a historical fiction piece about a Jewish girl in 1950’s Atlanta.
Gasp! | Biggest Surprise
Ngl, I’m not usually that into classics, and Jane Eyre is sooo long, so I wasn’t expecting much when I had to read this for the English class, but I ended up really enjoying it. It’s so interesting and analyzing it was really fun.
Kickoff | Best Series Starter
Okay so I don’t actually remember much of The Fever King because I read most of it super late at night (whoops), but I do remember enjoying it!
Backlist | Best Book Published 5+ Years Ago
The Great Gatsby is such an interesting read, and just like Jane Eyre, I had a great time analyzing it for my English class. (Also, we watched some clips in class of the movie version with Leonardo DiCaprio, which I LOVED. Baz Luhrmann is a legend.)
Premiere | Best Book From a Debut Author
It’s hard to believe that these books are each author’s first published novels, because they’re both so incredible.
Old Pal | Best Book From an Author I’ve Read Previously
Angie Thomas is an icon and I loved her newest book almost as much as I loved her debut, The Hate U Give.And of course I loved Cait @ Paper Fury‘s latest novel, which is amazing and sad but also happy and just so, so good.
Idol | Most-Read Author
So, turns out, the author who I read the most books from this year is…Jeffrey Brown, lol. I do find it funny that me, a high schooler, read three of these books this year, but hey, anyone can read middle grade, and anyone can like Star Wars. Thank you Mr. Brown for blessing me with your entertaining, if not somewhat juvenile, Jedi Academy series.
(Semi-related side note: I saw the last Star Wars movie and it was incredible!!)
Try Something New | Best Out-of-Comfort-Zone Book
I don’t read a lot of adult thrillers, but this Macbeth retelling was sooo good.
All Done Up | Best Cover
Gosh, these covers are just perfection.
Long Overdue | Best Book That Should’ve Been Read Ages Ago
Crazy Rich Asians has been out for a while, and I really liked the book when I finally got around to reading it. Still haven’t seen the movie because it’s not on Netflix yet, unfortunately…
Grab the Tissues | Most Tear-Inducing Book
Gosh, I cried SO much while reading this book. It’s not like it’s even that sad in comparison to some of the other books I read this year, but experience has taught me that I’m never really able to predict which books/movies/shows will hit me hard. (I mean, I cry every time I watch High School Musical 2...)
Oh, the Places You’ll Go | Best Setting or World-Building
I LOVED this books, and I loved its old Hollywood setting. I don’t know very much abut old movies and stuff, but being immersed in this setting made me want to learn more.
Format | Best Creative Structure
Ahh three of these books have really interesting formats. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo goes back and forth between Evelyn’s life story and the frame of the young reporter recording it, which I loved. From Twinkle, With Love is told in a series of letters the narrator writes to her favorite female filmmakers. The story in The Downstairs Girl is interspersed with newspaper articles written by the protagonist.
Front and Center | Best Protagonist
Jo is such a great main character. She’s so smart and grows so much over the course of The Downstairs Girl.
Sidekick | Best Minor Character
I’ve heard a lot of REALLY varied opinions on Daisy Buchanan. (my English teacher despises her.) I’m not sure I’d go as far as to say that I like her, but I thought she was incredibly interesting to read about, and I definitely don’t hate her.
Soulmate | Most Relatable Character
I loved reading about Sloane, and I’m crossing my fingers that Emma Mills’ other books (which I’m planning n reading soon) will also be really good and relatable.
OTP | Best Ship
Alex and Henry are the most amazing, adorable couple, period.
Friends Forever | Best Platonic Relationship
In addition to having a phenomenal ship, Red, White & Royal Blue also has such an amazing friend trio in Alex, June, and Nora. I also picked How to Be Remy Cameron for this category because of all the wonderful, wholesome family and friend dynamics, which you can read more about in my review.
We’re All in This Together | Best Group Cast
I love reading about big families, and the one in The Boy Who Steals Houses is pure gold.
Those are all my awards for today! Let’s chat in the comments: what are your New Year’s resolutions? What are the best books you read in 2019? Have you read any of the books I talked about? Has anyone else seen the new Star Wars movie?
Wishing you all a happy and safe 2020 🙂