Last year was FULL of beautiful covers. This list could honestly be a mile long, but somehow I’ve managed to narrow it down to my top ten favorites. I have read most of these books, but not all. Goodreads pages will be linked!
It’s time to share my favorite reads of 2019!! They way I do this is…if I read it last year, it can make it onto this list. It does not have to be a 2019 release!
Let’s talk about some good books!
TEN: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
If you have been around my blog for any time at all, you will know that Leigh Bardugo is my favorite author. Not only do I enjoy her writing, but I just really adore her as a person. I’ll admit though, I was pretty nervous to pick up Ninth House. I very rarely read adult fantasy because it intimidates me so much. Thankfully, I got through this book just fine. Ninth House was ark, gritty and definitely graphic. The characters were complex and fascinating. The ending was so exciting and I am DYING to read the sequel.
NINE: The Wicked King by Holly Black
This is the second book in the Folk of the Air series. I literally got a book hangover from reading this. It took me almost a week to pick something else up. The Wicked King was absolutely wild. The politics were intriguing, Jude & Cardan were everything and Holly Black’s writing was beautiful. Read my full review here!
EIGHT: Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
I picked this book up on a whim and I am very happy that I did! Stay Sweet was so much fun & just what I needed at the time. It is the perfect read for the summer months. Honestly, I am forever wishing I had a place like Meade Creamery in my hometown! Read my full review here!
SEVEN: Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller
This book follows a girl who goes on a road trip with friends to get an abortion. I can’t even begin to explain how eye opening and important this book is. To read what the characters had to go through was infuriating. It is heartbreaking to know that women all over the United States have stories just like Camille’s. These characters and their story will definitely stick with me for a long time.
SIX: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
This is probably the most unique book on the list. Every Heart a Doorway is the first book in the Wayward Children series. It follows characters who have come back from worlds that they opened doors to. This was kind of a murder mystery which I was definitely not expecting, but I loved reading about. I flew through this story. Not because it is short, but because I just couldn’t put it down. I am now all caught up on the series and I am impatiently waiting for the fifth book’s release!
FIVE: The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
I love everything about this book. The cover is gorgeous, the writing is addicting and the characters were so determined. The Bone Houses was creepy, sad and unique. Read my full review here!
FOUR: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Declan and Juliet’s story completely broke my heart, but in all honesty I loved every second of it. Letters to the Lost was such a difficult and realistic read. It deals guilt, anger and loss. Brigid Kemmerer did an incredible job bringing light to such heavy subject matters. Read my full review here!
THREE: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This is one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life. I say that but it’s still so hard for me to explain why I love Evelyn Hugo so much. This book is about being who you want to be regardless of who you are expected to be. It’s about finding your own definition of family. It’s about loving whoever you want to love. The author does an incredible job making you think that all the characters in this book are real people. It’s crazy. If you haven’t picked up Evelyn Hugo yet, I beg you to give it a try!
TWO: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
In all honestly, I could put the entire Illuminae Files on this list. I absolutely loved these books and I am so mad at myself for not picking them up sooner. Gemina is the second book in the series and my favorite! I loved the new characters we met in this one. Hanna is such a gem and will totally surprise you. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I never knew what was going to happen. The authors made you believe one thing and then a twist would happen and you would be left in shock. I am really looking forward to a reread very soon. Read my full review here!
ONE: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
When I read this back in May of last year, I really didn’t have any expectations for it. I knew people were really liking it, but I had NO idea that I was about to read my favorite book of 2019! I completely fell in love with the characters and I think about them all the time. In particular, Grey is now one one my all time favorites. He is hardworking, protective and so loyal. I really adore him. Read my full review of Curse here! I have already read it’s sequel, A Heart So Fierce and Broken and WOW! I am so excited to see where this story goes next.
What were your favorite books of 2019?
If you have done this post, leave your link in the comments! I’d love to check it out. 😀
So I’m actually going to be putting these books into groups…least favorite, disappointing and DNFs. In lists like these, I will include any book I read from last year, they didn’t all have to be 2019 releases.
Please remember that everyone has the right to their own opinion! If you love any of these books, that’s great! I want you to continue to love them. Unfortunately though, I just didn’t fully enjoy them and that is perfectly fine.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Starting off with a bang here. I am so sad that I didn’t love this book or the entire series honestly. I was expecting the conclusion to be mind blowing and wild, but it just wasn’t. It was actually pretty anticlimactic. I was bored throughout most of the book. It kind of felt like a chore to read at times and that is never a good thing. I am still debating whether or not I want to read the prequel coming out this year.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I know this book means a lot to a ton of people, but unfortunately it just wasn’t the book for me. Perks is only 200 pages long and I really think that was it’s downfall. There are so many tough and important issues in this book, but they were barely touched upon. The author didn’t take the time to fully address each topic. I had a big problem with that. I know some people may not agree with me on this and that is okay!
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
I absolutely love Blake’s Three Dark Crown series so I was very excited to read something else from her. Anna Dressed in Blood though, it wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I loved the first half, but was annoyed with the rest. Honestly once certain things were revealed, I was kind of done with the story.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
I loved Helen Hoang’s debut, The Kiss Quotient. It was cute, heartwarming and steamy. So I was expecting this one to be along the same lines. I for sure thought this would make my favorites list, but boy was I wrong. It wasn’t terrible by any means, it just wasn’t what I was hoping for. The Bride Test was cute at times but for the most part I felt like there was a lack of chemistry between Esme and Khai. I mean, they never got the chance to actually get to know one another. It made it really hard for me to root for them. So yes, this was a disappointing read, but I am still happy that it exists. Helen Hoang, who is Autistic herself, does such a beautiful job showing that Autism is vastly different from person to person. I am still very excited for the next book in this companion series!
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I literally hate that this book is on this list. After reading the Illuminae Files, I was so looking forward to a new story from this author duo. I really struggled to get though Aurora Rising. I didn’t love any of the characters and the plot wasn’t really original to me. As of right now, I will not be continuing on with the series. **Swimming in my ocean of tears**
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Y’all, don’t hate me for this one. I am so sorry to have to include Jude and Cardan on this list. I originally gave this 3 stars, but after thinking about it…I dropped it down to two stars. To me, this didn’t feel like a finale at all. It seemed way too rushed. I don’t know if that was because the publication date was pushed up or what. I think this book needed to be another 100 pages. Some things were left unresolved and others were resolved too quick. It really drives me nuts. There were a ton of other little things that I didn’t like but this isn’t the post for a full review!
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
I only got 40 pages into this before I decided to put it down. I was so confused by what I was reading. I tried to go back and reread certain parts, but it didn’t help anything. I don’t know if I am just dumb or if the writing made everything confusing, but I definitely didn’t want to spend the entire book feeling that way.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
After looking at it’s Goodreads page, am I the only one who didn’t love this book? I got 100 pages in and I just couldn’t get into the story at all. This was one of my most anticipated releases for 2019 too. Big time mad about not enjoying it.
What were some of your least/disappointing reads of 2019?
We are almost a week into January, so I figured it was time to set some goals for 2019. Most of these are bookish, but I also wanted to share some everyday life goals as well!
Read 75 books: Last year I read a total of 105 books, so this one should be easy peasy lemon squeezy.
More readathons:Due to many things, I didn’t get to participate in as many readathons as I wanted to in 2018. So this year I am going to try to do at least four of them. There are a few I am eyeing right now, but if you know of any fun ones….let me know!
The Shadowhunter Chronicles: This is the year that I am going to read the Shadowhunter books. I want to read them all, including the ones coming out this year. Cassandra Clare is going to take over my life and I am 100% okay with that.
Try reading every 2019 Owlcrate book: I absolutely love Owlcrate! Their boxes are fantastic. It’s totally manageable to read all 12 book picks, right??
Do some buddy reads:I have never done a buddy read before. So I’m hoping this year that will change!
Reach 800 Bookstagram followers: Having toms of followers isn’t everything, but it is nice to see that people are enjoying your content.
Get more sleep: I’m a huge night owl. Like as I am typing this, it is 2:47 am. I feel like I’m much more productive during the night. I can run on 3-4 hours of sleep & be fine. One day, my bad habit will catch up to me. So I want to start getting that recommended 7-8 hours of sleep right now. I’ll miss you, 2:47.
Write more: I recently discovered that I enjoy writing.I want to put more of a focus on it. That could mean just here on the blog or maybe journaling. I’m still not sure, but I want to get more comfortable with it.
Random Acts of Kindness:This year I want to spread some love & put smiles on faces. A little kindness can go a long way.