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Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get to in 2019

As ever for a Tuesday, we’re doing a Top 5 with Shana at Bionic Bookworm!

This week’s topic is the tiniest bit depressing, I have to admit. December is a month we usually look back on the good things we achieved and look forward to the next year with optimism. So this is going to be a tough list, looking back on all the books I didn’t have chance to read. *sob*. It’s just so sad.

Still, we can turn this into a positive! A book that hasn’t been read yet is just a parcel of awesome waiting to be opened. I’m not good at metaphors.

Unfortunately, there are a few books I’m going to end 2019 without reading and here they are:



1. A Bad Breed by Kat Ross

I only recently bought this book but I’m still gutted I probably won’t get round to reading it before the end of the year. Kat Ross is one of my new favourite authors and I only recently discovered her recently, but I want to binge-read all of her books. She’s a master of historical supernatural crime dramas! It’s a bit of a mouthful for a genre but it’s a thing and Kat Ross is amazing at it.

A Bad Breed is the third book in the Gaslamp Gothic series and carries on the story from the first two books; The Daemoniac (read the review here) and The Thirteenth Gate (read the review here). The first two are amazing and I can’t wait to carry on this series!

Here’s the link if you want to check it out.


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2. Reigning Magicks by Candace Osmond & J. J. King

We’ve got druids!

I love writing druids and not enough books have them these days. This book is all druids and I just know this is going to be an awesome book. Better yet, this is a time travel novel. Our main protagonist goes in search of an ancient spell to end a conflict between two druid factions and gets launched into the future where she meets a cute guy.

This is a book I really regret letting slip down my “to be read” pile because the blurb alone makes me want to start reading right this second. Would it be total anarchy if I threw out my system and just put this one straight at the top?

Here’s the link for this one.



3. The Confectioner’s Guild by Claire Luana

This book is a straight-up fantasy but I was completely captivated by the cover. I mean, look at that cover. It’s beautiful!

But after looking a little deeper, at the blurb, I got sucked in. A magic cupcake that is used to poison an important official and an innocent baker who must find the real killer. Bakers are literally never protagonists, especially not in magic books and honestly, the concept blew my mind a little.

The intrigue is strong with this book and I really shouldn’t have let it slip down my reading list. This one’s getting booted back to the top in 2020.

As ever, here’s the link.



4. Shadowspell Academy by K.F. Breen & Shannon Meyer

This academy book was recommended to me by a boatload of people. Depending on the size of the boat, this might actually be true. Shadowspell Academy is one of the hottest academy books out there right now and the cover promises class and mystery.

Shadowspell Academy has somer serious dystopian YA vibes and I’m feeling like Divergent, The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games had a hand in inspiring this one. I hope I’m right!

I’m concerned I might have really missed out on a great read this year by skipping over this one so, like the others, it’s going up the list.

Here’s the buy link.


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5. Kindled Legends by various authors

This was another book I chose on account of its gorgeous cover. This one is a small anthology of fantasy books featuring mythical creatures including mermaids and phoenixes (in case the cover didn’t make it obvious!)

This boxed set/anthology was put together by a small group of talented indie authors and I have to admit that I have found it hard to commit the time to an anthology, even a small one, lately. In 2020, I’m determined to make the time to read this one because if it’s as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside, then this is going to be one awesome book.

Check out the link for this one here.

Thanks for reading!

7 thoughts on “Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get to in 2019”

  1. K. F. Breene is one of my favourite authors but I’ve avoided this one because YA and/or stories set in schools, colleges, academy and other educational organisations are not my cup of tea.

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    1. Fair enough! I’m a little bit addicted on account of growing up reading Harry Potter and The Worst Witch. I dreamed of going to a magic academy when I was a kid!

      Definitely need to read more K. F. Breene though, oh my goodness.


      1. If you like fantasy, you should read her Warrior Chronicles. It starts with Chosen and her leading female, Shanti, just blew my mind!

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      2. The Warrior Chronicles is a high fantasy series (completed) but as I usually struggle with the vocabulary and prose in most high fantasy, I would compare the writing style to urban fantasy, if that makes sense. 😉

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      3. No, I totally get it. It takes a bit more effort to read high fantasy for me, too! But there’s also the sense that in urban fantasy, these awesome adventures could be happening just around the corner from you 😀

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