Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Didn’t Get to in 2019

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Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly book discussion with a new topic every Tuesday hosted by Shanah of Bionic Book Worm. It’s each blogger’s job to pick five book-related things (though you’re welcome to pick things from other media, if necessary) that fit the topic.

This week’s topic is books we didn’t get to in 2019. Because I’m a glutton for punishment, I’m going to tweak the topic a little bit and expose the books I started but didn’t finish this year. These aren’t DNFs— I fully intend on finishing all of these books. I just… haven’t yet. Because reasons. And here those reasons are.


  1. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

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I had this book on my Currently Reading shelf on Goodreads for 2-3 months before I removed it to come back to later. I’m fairly far into it and think it’s well-written, I just kept having trouble staying engaged. To be fair, I suspect the issue is with me and not the book. Although the writing is good, I find the story and characters to be very run-of-the-mill YA. I expect younger readers will find this story a lot more refreshing and engaging than I do. Even so, I will be finishing this Own Voices debut.


  1. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

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Back in the spring, this was one of the books I was most excited to read. Now it’s December and I still haven’t finished it. Whoops. It’s an interesting book so far, just a bit dense. As such, it was a bit too easy to get distracted by other books. I still plan on finishing this book, especially since I suspect it’ll be a five-star read.


  1. The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

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Speaking of dense books, I also haven’t finished this book. But the most embarrassing part? I started this book in December 2018. That’s right, it’s been an entire year and I still haven’t finished this book. It’s a retelling of King Lear, one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, so it’s still on my TBR. And I won’t take it off until I’ve finished it.


  1. Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

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I started this book last month when Legrand announced the title for the third book and hype for this series picked back up. I put it down because I was putting every book down at that point. I started and paused so many books in November. Part of it is because I was having trouble caring about anything besides what Rielle was doing. The other part is I was in a good, old-fashioned reading slump. That said, I will be continuing this book and series. It’s one of the most mature YA is offering these days.


  1. The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco

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This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I love this series, but found myself having trouble getting into this book. For now, I’m blaming a reading slump. I want to try and finish this book before the year ends, but something in me says I won’t.


What books were you unable to get to in 2019? Do you have any unfinished books you need to pick back up? Tell me about them in the comments!

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