2019 in books | January, February, March

Posted december 8, 2019 by Laurie in Boekenpraat, Booktalk, English / 10 Comments

It’s December and that means it’s time to look back on the past year. This year flew by so quickly, it’s unbelieveable. In the upcoming four weeks, on a Sunday, I will wrap-up the year regarding books and today I will start with the first three months of the year.


In January I had a good reading month. I did a readalong of The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, because believe it or not, I hadn’t read it before. Moreover, I finally started reading the books by Cassandra Clare, wow how do you mean……. late to the party. I was able to see The Hate U Give in theatres as it finally came out here as well. On to the highs and lows for this month.

  • Total number of books read: 14
  • DNF’s: 1, Odd one out by Nic Stone
  • Rereads: 1, The cruel prince by Holly black, this book deserved a second chance
  • 5-star ratings: 2, Caraval by Stephanie Garber and City of bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Favorite read of the month: Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Lowest rating: Evermore by Sara Holland, 1.5 stars
  • Most surprising read of the month: Last seen living by Caleb Roehrig
  • Most disappointing read of the month: Evermore by Sara Holland


February still was a good reading month, although I had trouble getting into some books. This month I went to a book presentation of a Dutch book and went on bookstore exploration in my own city for an article. Onto the recap it is!

  • Total number of books read: 19
  • DNF’s: 2, Extremely loud and incredibly close by Jonathan Safran Foer and On the come up by Angie Thomas
  • Rereads: 2, I finally finished my reread of A court of wings and ruin by Sarah J. Maas and I reread The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • 5-star ratings: 3, Opposition by Jennifer Armentrout, Slated by Teri Terry, Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  • Favorite read of the month: Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  • Lowest rating: Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt, 2.5 stars
  • Most surprising read of the month: Slated by Teri Terry
  • Most disappointing read of the month: Verschijning by Joany de Vries. I rated it 3 stars as it was not bad, but it was something else than I expected and definitely not for me.


In March I started my new job, but I managed to read a good amount of books as well. I still had a good reading month overall.

  • Total number of books read: 17
  • DNF’s: 2, Call me by your name by André Aciman and The priory of the orange tree by Samantha Shannon. The last one was too big for it’s story and my liking unfortunately. I got bored and quit when I only had 300 pages left.
  • Rereads: 0
  • 5-star ratings: 1, The wicked king by Holly Black
  • Favorite read of the month: A reaper at the gates by Sabaa Tahir. She manages to make the world even more complex and definitely richer with each book and this one was a good example of that.
  • Lowest rating: The lost sisters by Holly Black, 1.5 stars. I just didn’t like this novella and it didn’t add anything to the story in my opinion
  • Most surprising read of the month: Two can keep a secret by Karen M. Mcmanus, especially because I didn’t like her first book.
  • Most disappointing read of the month: Both The gilded wolves by Roshani Chokshi and Dear Martin by Nic Stone. In my opinion, this book just didn’t work out that well in it’s translation.

How was the first quarter of 2019 for you?


10 responses to “2019 in books | January, February, March

  1. Oh yeah, I also dnf’ed Odd One Out. In the first few pages actually. Didn’t like the writing. You’ve sure read a whole bunch of books for just three months! Can’t wait to see the rest of your wrap-up!

  2. danielle

    WOOW you just saw THUG in theaters?! It’s crazy how you were able to see it still in theaters across the world. (Does that make sense? I’m tired lol) but cool month for reading for you.

    • Laurie

      I saw it in January, because we as the only country in the world got it in January. Plus it only stayed in theatres for about 3 weeks. It didn’t do so well.

  3. Dang how do you read that many books in a month?! I think the most I’ve read in a month is probably 9? But most of them were rolled over from the month before that I didn’t finish or continued on into the next month, so they weren’t 9 whole books. 😛

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