Top Ten Tuesday ~ Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019

Ali here ~

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday everyone!! I hope your week has gotten off to a good start! Today’s Top Ten topic is Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019.

Annette Marie

I devoured these and I hear her other series are as equally awesome, so I can’t wait to continue experiencing her greatness!

hoopla

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I have used other library apps in the past, but I discovered this one this year, and it’s by far my favorite! I have listened to so many audiobooks through this app this year. If you’re not using hoopla, what are you waiting for?

Tanya @ A Novel Glimpse

A Novel Glimpse

It’s very possible that I had commented on Deanna’s blog prior to 2019, but it was towards the beginning of 2019 that she really caught my attention. She was the first blogger that I had some great back and forth conversations on romance books we were both gushing over or vice versa. I picked up a lot of books this year because of her insistance that they were awesome. LOL! We don’t always feel the same about a book, but that’s perfectly fine, we still love to talk about them. And when we both agree *Bright Side* it’s even more awesome!!

Caraval Series

I still need to finish this series, but I’ve been putting it off not wanting it to be over. It’s definitely up there with my all-time series faves!! I hope Garber has more for us soon!

Max Monroe

I read The Girl in the Painting at the beginning of the year and have just been continuing with Max Monroe’s books ever since. I have not been disappointed by any of them.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

I’d guess that it was probably during the middle of 2019 that I came in contact with Tanya. She caught my attention gushing over one of JLA’s books. I think it was actually on one of my posts and she was commenting. I started following her and quickly saw that she is soooo me when it comes to reading tastes. I don’t think I’ve ever found another blogger whose reading tastes were so similar to mine and liked to gush on them the way I do. Tanya, I’m so glad you’re working out of that slump!! Oh, and she introduced me to Lora Richardson, too!!

OwlCrate Boxes

No, I didn’t first hear about these this year, but it was the first year that I got to experience them first hand. And, honestly it’s been like Christmas each month opening the boxes!

Penny Reid

I can’t say that I discovered Penny Reid in 2019 because I had read one of her books prior to 2019. It was good but nothing special. Well, I learned this year that that was just a fluke because I loved so many of her books this year! I’m so looking forward to continuing to catch up on all her books this year!!

Bullet Journaling

I was very much aware of bullet journaling prior to 2019, but I always thought that I didn’t have time for it. Well, then I came across a particular page that caught my attention. I can’t remember what exactly it was, but I believe it was tracking reading stats and that well I could certainly get on board with that. And well, the rest is history. I wish someone would have gotten it through my thick head that it’s really a time saver in the long run. I am so much better organized and get so much more accomplished now! Plus, I love all the awesome ways to keep up with different reading and blogging stuff!

All the Wonderful Things Not Mentioned Here Yet

There are soooo many bloggers, soooo many books, series, authors, thoughts, and ideas I still could have shared. So, this is my shout out to those things and people that I didn’t get to mention here.

What bookish discoveries did you make this year?
Happy Reading,
Ali

28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019

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  2. This is such a wonderful list! I loved discovering Tanya’s and Deanna’s book blogs last year as well. And I’ve decided that Owlcrate is officially the best book box in terms of price and consistent quality of products and especially service! I’ve also been putting off finishing the Caraval series. It’s gonna happen this year though! 🤣

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  3. Penny Reid’s such a gem. I have adored her books for years. She has a great reader group too. I don’t have time to mingle with them anymore, but it was a fun place to talk about stuff. I was lucky to get on Hoopla a few years ago. Though my library doesn’t give me access to all the price points, I do use it often for audiobooks.

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    • I’m definitely not going for pretty. I’m not that creative. LOL! But, I do want to start practicing a little doodling every day to try to improve. But you’re right. It’s probably best not to make that the focus. Hope you get it figured out!! I know it’s certainly been a help to me.

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  4. Awwww! You’re such a sweetheart! I have love discussing romance books with you — even if we don’t always see eye to eye. I’ve also picked some books because of your blog. It’s such a joy to read. 🙂

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  5. I never heard of Hoopla, but that sounds interesting. Is it like Overdrive? That’s what our state has, a massive Overdrive thing. OwlCrate boxes sound like so much fun! I haven’t taken the dive yet, but I enjoy the idea, and maybe for 2020 I’ll give it a go. :3

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    • Yes, Hoopla is like Overdrive, but much easier to use and with a bunch of more current books than Overdrive has. They have an awesome audiobook selection. I was gifted the OwlCrate subscription, so that made it even better for me!

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  6. Oh my goodness, thanks for the shout-out, Ali! You just made my day! 🙂 And I feel exactly the same… it is *so* much fun to come across someone whose reading taste is so similar! Not just a book here and there, but practically everything! 🙂 And you know that I’m beyond thrilled that you tried Lora Richardson.

    Hoopla is such an awesome resource! I haven’t used it for many e-books but I love it for audio books. I buy a lot through Audible but sometimes when I’m sure if it’s something I’m going to love or want to listen to again and again, Hoopla is perfect!

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  7. Ah, I want to practice Bullet journaling but know I’m too much of a slacker to keep it up.
    I occasionally utilize Hoopla as a cool free resource but it’s features pale compared to the [much costlier] Audible.

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