Best Read of 2019 (So Far)

At the beginning of the year, I set my Goodreads Challenge higher than last year, to 45 books. That’s only one more than I read last year, but it seems 45 will be a challenge after all. I’ve only read 21 books so far. Which ones have you read? Are there any books you think I should read based on this list?


Even though I don’t stick to one genre, there’s a theme in the books I’ve read. Only a few of them stand out, like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Ice Cream Parlor, and The Grey Ones. The rest are mostly YA sci-fi/fantasy. There are still a few on my list of books I have to read this year, and more to complete my reading challenge.

The one that stood out the most was Caraval. The story is well crafted with twists and turns that only made it better. I’m looking forward to Legendary and Finale.

Another one I’d like to mention is The Ice Cream Parlour. I’ve already mentioned it in previous posts, but I can’t help but tell everyone how much I love it. If you like romance, foodie, magical realism, genre bending books, you should check it out. It’s the perfect summer read with gelato as main topic. You can check out my reviews by clicking the links below.

(Yes, I added my own book to the list. I read it five times this year, so counting one time is okay, right?

Caraval – Stephanie Garber
The Ice Cream Parlour – Isabella May
After The Green Withers – Kristin Ward
Warcross – Marie Lu (review to come)
The Grey Ones – Yvonne J. Smit
The Blood Prince – Josie Jaffrey
Thornbound – Stephanie Burgis
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Ann Barrow & Mary Ann Schafer
Lost Wolf – Stacy Claflin
Tales of Lunis Aquaria – Tessa Hastjarjanto


My non-fiction books are a strange collection of writing books and guides to Japan. We’re going to Japan in November and I’m already doing research to make the most out of it. It’s been a long-time dream for me to go, and preparing for our trip is giving me lots of energy.

I know that I can still grow as a writer. I’m not nearly as good as I wish I was. That’s why I keep reading about the craft and publishing. As an indie author, I have to take on the whole publishing business. It’s up to me to create the epub, the interior of the paperback, and write all the copy for product pages. Then there’s the sales and advertising business. Oh right, and finances. I’ve never run a business before, so most of this is new to me.

Just a Draft – Tobias S. Buckell
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Japan – Chris Howthorn (Lonely Planet)
Te Gast In Japan – Kees van Teeffelen
Tokyo – Rebecca Milner (Lonely Planet)
The Rough Guide to Japan – Sally McLaren
Writing With Chronic Illness – Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Million Dollar Outlines – David Farland
How To Polish Your Manuscript Into A Rock-Solid Book – Andrea Pearson
ANWB Gids – Japan

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