It’s here!! The post that we all wait for – the epic list of our favourite books of the year! If you would have told me in January that some of these books would make the list, I would have called you crazy! I might have agreed that I would like them but, to make the top 10…. or even top 5??? Surprise! LOL! I read so many amazing books this year so it was really hard to choose. There’s a lot of ground to cover so let the countdown begin!
#10 – WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH by Elizabeth Acevedo
This is one of the books that surprised me by being on the list! I almost never connect or relate to YA contemporary but this book was soooooo well done! She’s a teenage mother with a love of cooking and the struggle to balance her family and her career. She was so real! As a mother I knew what she was going through. There’s so much to worry about when it comes to choosing a career. You know that you’ll be sacrificing but is it worth it? Click HERE for the full review.
#9 – CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan
This was yet another surprise! I HATE stories about wealthy people because their “problems” aren’t the problems of real people. Yes, there was some of that, but there was so much more depth to the story than I was expecting! I loved that money always came second to family and the family was one of a kind. The rest of the story though – it was honestly so over the top it was entertaining as hell! Click HERE for the full review.
#8 – THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern
I really did expect this one to be in the top 3 and I’m a little sad about it. The writing was absolutely glorious! It was so rich, atmospheric, entrancing, and about a million other words to describe something so beautifully written. This felt like a classic fairy tale mixed with ancient folklore in an occasionally modern setting. If it wasn’t for the ending, this one might have been number one. Click HERE for the full review.
#7 – SORCERY OF THORNS by Margaret Rogerson
I knew I was going to like this one. It had everything in a book that I love. What surprised me was just how much I LOVED this! It’s not the type of book that blows you away with the world building or action – but it’s the type of book that you have no choice but to fall right into and have one hell of a time while reading! I loved everything about it and the experience was something I love in reading. Click HERE for the full review.
#6 – THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE by Ruta Sepetys
Ruta Sepetys is a master at historical fiction! The way she writes the characters and the detailed snapshot of their lives is so outstanding. This was a book about the civil unrest in Spain and not something I ever read about or learned in school. She made me want to know more. She made me feel all the emotions for what these characters went through. If you haven’t read anything by her yet – what are you waiting for?? Click HERE for the full review.
#5 – IN AN ABSENT DREAM & COME TUMBLING DOWN by Seanan McGuire
In An Absent Dream might be my favourite of the whole series – which is weird because I couldn’t even remember who the characters were in the beginning lol. There was something about the world and how freaking heartbreaking the story was that stuck with me all year long. Then I have Come Tumbling Down, which isn’t fair because it technically doesn’t publish until 2020, but I’m adding it anyway lol. I was hesitant – I HATED book two in the series and wasn’t looking forward to another story about Jack and Jill. But this book redeemed their story for me!! Click HERE for the review of In An Absent Dream. The review for Come Tumbling Down will be coming the first week of January.
#4 – RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
This is the biggest shocker of 2019 folks! A story about a prince and a presidents son, who seem to have it all, struggling to find the one thing they want the most. I knew it was going to be cute but it was so much more than that! The characters were so amazing and their stories had me on the edge of my seat. When I turned the last page I wanted to immediately start rereading it again! I can’t wait for more from this author! Click HERE for the full review.
#3 – THE KINGDOM OF COPPER by S.A. Chakraborty
OMG SO GOOD!!! This author is one of the most underrated female authors out there! Everything she writes is pure gold. Her characters, plot, world building, magic…… it’s freaking flawless. These books are chunky but I fly through it quicker than normal. I NEED to know what happens and I’m so wrapped up in the book that I forget space and time. I need book 3 in my hands immediately!! Click HERE for the full review.
#2 – DARKDAWN by Jay Kristoff
Are you surprised? Really? Maybe you are – you’re probably surprised that it’s not number one lol. Of course I was going to love this. The way that he wrapped up this trilogy was fantastic! There were things that happened in the first two books that I didn’t know could be important but he wrote them well enough that they stood out to me. Of course, he was still ruthless with these poor characters – but that’s what we all expect and love him for lol. Click HERE for the full review.
PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE NUMBER ONE BOOK OF 2019!
REALLY – WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN DARKDAWN?
YOU’RE ABOUT TO FIND OUT!
#1 – THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA by Scott Lynch
This book is what I like to describe as “fantasy perfection”. It had amazing world building, schemes and plot twists, magic and deception, humour galore, and everything else in between. This book is loooooong. But every single word written it worth it! You don’t think that every detail matters until something comes up out of nowhere and smacks you across the face. Does this mean that Jay Kristoff has competition? Maybe! Click HERE for the full review.
There they are! My ten favourites of 2019. I’m still in denial that the year is almost done! It was an amazing reading year and I have high hopes for 2020. I hope you had an amazing reading year as well! What were your top reads of 2019?
Until next time, happy reading!