January 14, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Discoveries I Made in 2019

1. Books Are Magic bookstore
I loved finding this bookstore sort of in my Brooklyn neighborhood. I went there a few times. It's so cozy and New York-ish.

2. Reading planners
Ok so I got one in my December OwlCrate and was like, "Let's try this," and well... I loved keeping a reading planner in 2019, and I was so hype to do it again this year. I'm not busy enough to keep a normal one, but this one fuels my need for organization.

3. Cozy mysteries
I truly enjoy a good cozy mystery. Jessica got me started with some recs, and then I browsed a bunch at Barnes & Noble too and delved in last fall.

4. Sarah Dessen's books
So I read a few of her books when I first got into YA, but I didn't really vibe with them. I liked Saint Anything and Once and for All, though, so I retried most of her books this summer and found that a good handful were enjoyable! 

5. More about libraries
I started my job as a library page right at the tail end of the year, and I've loved it so far. I was already an avid library user, but I learned so much more about behind-the-scenes things and shelving.

My Swiftie group chat recommends books occasionally, and our fearless leader told us about this memoir about food and depression, written by a woman who owns a bakery in Vancouver. As far as memoirs go, it's a solid one.

7. Books in verse
So I'm not completely sold on books written in verse, but I've decided that some are pretty good. And they tend to be the ones written by women of color with important themes. I read The Poet X in 2018, but this year I read Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga. I loved it.

What bookish things did you discover in 2019?


  1. Cozy mysteries are wonderful to read on a winter's night or day.

    I'm not a fan of books in verse. I can never decide if how are they to be interpreted. They are like poems and yet, not quite.

    Have a lovely day.

  2. I'm getting into cozy mysteries, too.

    My TTT .

  3. I discovered books in verse last year, too, and I think they tend to be really neat. I've been trying to read more books that play with format, in general, whether it's verse or just format in general (like Illuminae). I really need to read Poet X! I read Moonrise by Sarah Crossan (a book in verse) last year and enjoyed it.

    Here's my TTT post.

  4. Nice list. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/01/top-ten-tuesday-011420.html

  5. Thanks for adding your TTT link as a comment on mine, I absolutely loved reading yours!!
    I looked up owl crate and was a little bummed because they're sold out, and then was stoked that they had a waiting list! Fingers crossed!
    I also am looking in to reading planners, I like to stay organized too so that might be good for me
    How did you get a job in a library as a page?

    1. My library is a county department, so I checked the county job postings a lot (I was also open to administrative work, but I lucked out in finding this) and applied and interviewed. I think it helped that I'd done an internship at my college library. :) I'm only part-time at the moment, but I love it.

  6. Library page is my dream job, and I just missed the window to apply this year (I found out 3 days before it closed, but hadn't dusted off my resume in 5 years and couldn't pull a spiffier one together in time). Lucky you!

    I say I love Sarah Dessen (Saint Anything was great; Lock and Key is my fave), but I've read fewer than I think I have, and I can't even remember most of her early-00s ones. Rereading them sounds like a good idea.

    Finally, I don't know what a reading planner is, but it sounds like a throwback to elementary school reading logs in the best possible way.
    Update: I have googled Owlcrate Reading Planner and now I HAVE NEEDS. That is even more incredible than I hoped; I'm so glad you brought this to my attention. Thank you!


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