2019 Wrap-Up | 2019 Favorites

Welcome to the last 2019 wrap-up before we get into stats tomorrow. I feel like I had a great reading year and really ended up loving a lot of what I read – which is always the goal. But here are some of my favorite books I read in 2019!

I’m only going to write a very little bit about each book, so if you want to read my full reviews, click on the book’s title and to go to the goodreads page, click on the author’s name!


The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson | I have a mission to read some of the ‘classic’ YA books I didn’t pick up when they were released, and I’m happy to say I lived this fantasy world. I was completely hooked by the characters and worldbuilding.


CirceCirce by Madeline Miller | This book is so moving, heartbreaking, and empowering. I felt like I could do anything or be anyone after I finished it and it was just a great feeling.


The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)The Kiss Quotient & The Bride Test by Helen Hoang | Now I didn’t rate these particularly high, I think both were a 3.5, but I couldn’t stop thinking about them fondly throughout the year. I just had so much fun reading them and found a new author who I will support in the future.


Something Like GravitySomething Like Gravity by Amber Smith | Sometimes you just need to read a book that’s going to break your heart a little bit and make you cry. It’s going to move you in some way and worm it’s way into your year. This was one of those books.


Daisy Jones & The SixDaisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid | TJR has this incredible ability to make me believe these fictional stories are 100% real. The characters are so real and flawed that you connect with them instantly.


Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan | On the opposite spectrum, sometimes you just need a book that’s fun and entertaining and completely transports you. It’s escapism in the purest form and it’s one of the joys of reading.


How It Feels to FloatHow it Feels to Float by Helena Fox | I love deep character studies and this was a wonderful one. Deep and sometimes painful emotions, but lots of empathy and growth too.


ShoutShout by Laurie Halse Anderson | I’m not really a non-fiction reader. It’s just not something I gravitate towards, but sometimes you find one that feels like so much more than a timeline of a person’s past.


The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, #2)The Vanishing Stairs by Maureen Johnson | What an engaging mystery series that is impossible to put down! The story developed so much in book 2 and we learned so much, I have no idea where the series is headed.


Girl Made of StarsGirl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake | It’s no surprise to me that a sibling-focused story made my favorites list. This was another difficult – but incredibly powerful read.


The Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1)The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh | This is one of those exciting situations where the book meets your expectations 100% and is exactly what you wanted it to be.


A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, #1)A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer | Right book, right time. I was headed to such a slumpy state and this romance heavy fantasy retelling was just the thing to pull me out of it.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Again, she crafts theses amazingly real and complex characters that pull you into their orbit and along their journey.


The Toll (Arc of a Scythe, #3)The Toll by Neal Shusterman | Conclusions can be hard, but expanding on an established world, introducing and developing characters, and resolving questions and challenges in a satisfying way is the recipe for success.


SadieSadie by Courtney Summers | I literally don’t know how to talk about this book other thatn by saying it felt so eeriely real and was completel engrossing.


Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & WitchcraftToil & Trouble edited by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood | This was oneo f the strongest anthology stories I’ve read. It was another empowering read that will definitely stick with you.


What were your favorite reads of 2019? Did any of these make your list this year? Share below!

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