2019 in books | April, May, June

Posted december 15, 2019 by Laurie in Boekenpraat, Booktalk, English / 0 Comments

Last week I started wrapping up 2019 with the first few months of the year, so now it’s time to take a look at Spring.


April was the month where it started to get more than 20 degrees again, or at least in the final week of the month. Therefore, I could finally have some reading sessions on the balcony, yay! In April, actually in the midst of the little heatwave – which happened to be in the Easter weekend yay -, it was time for YALFest, the biggest young adult event here in the Netherlands. Unfortunately I had to pay the eyedoctor an emergency visit at the end of April after not being there for years and years, but all is well now. Let’s take a look at what we all are here for, the books.

  • Total number of books read: 20
  • DNF’s: 2, The dark descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White and Because you’ll never meet me by Leah Thomas
  • Rereads: 0
  • 5-star ratings: 2, Dit is hoe het ging by Astrid Boonstoppel (Dutch book) and City of ashes by Cassandra Clare
  • Favorite read of the month: Defy me by Tahereh Mafi, although I didn’t rate it 5 stars, I finished it in one day and I was surprised multiple times
  • Lowest rating: Both To kill a kingdom by Alexandra Christo and Spinning silver by Naomi Novik got 2 stars
  • Most surprising read of the month: That’s a book by Enrico Galiano and his books haven’t got an English translation yet. It has been translated into several other languages though, Dutch is, lucky enough, among them. The original Italian title is: Eppure cadiamo felici
  • Most disappointing read of the month: Spinning silver by Naomi Novik


May felt something like an in between month, nothing interesting happened really. We had both warmer and colder weather and I got a lot of books read.

  • Total number of books read: 19
  • DNF’s: 0
  • Rereads: 0
  • 5-star ratings: 7, If there’s no tomorrow by Jennifer Armentrout (thank God I never read the Dutch synopsis before because there is a huge spoiler in it. The traumatic event has been spoiled and if I read that, it wouldn’t have been a 5-star rating at all. Sorry, I’m still salty about this), Archenemies by Marissa Meyer, Finale by Stephanie Garber, Girls of paper and fire by Natasha Ngan, Fractured by Teri Terry, Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Favorite read of the month: Finale by Stephanie Garber
  • Lowest rating: Into the water by Paula Hawkins, 1 star. I already knew this beforehand, but I read it for a book club and literally can’t remember a thing.
  • Most surprising read of the month: Girls of paper and fire by Natasha Ngan
  • Most disappointing read of the month: The girl who came out of the woods by Emily Barr


June was not spectacular either. We had a heatwave again and in the middle of that heatwave, on the last day of June, it was time for YALTival. Another Young Adult event, with Stephanie Garber, Emily Barr and Alice Broadway. All events took place during heatwaves, wow.

  • Total number of books read: 18
  • DNF’s: 2, More happy than not by Adam Silvera and Tunnels by Roderick Gordon, another book club pick
  • Rereads: 0
  • 5-star ratings: 1, City of glass by Cassandra Clare
  • Favorite read of the month: The chosen by Taran Matharu, I just didn’t rate it 5 stars because someone was mentioned in the synopsis but never made an appearance. Where is Harriet?
  • Lowest rating: Ink by Alice Broadway, Emma wil leven by Josha Zwaan, Livestream by Buddy Tegenbosch, Hazel wood by Melissa Albert and Midnight jewel by Richelle Mead all got 3 stars
  • Most surprising read of the month: The Mitford murders by Jessica Fellowes, I’m still uncertain whether it’s a thriller or not. However, I finished it in about 24 hours.
  • Most disappointing read of the month: Hazel wood by Melissa Albert, it couldn’t live up to the enormous hype

This was my spring 2019. How was yours?


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