2019 was my best reading year yet in terms of the number of books I’ve read: I’m at 107 and I think I’ll still be able to fit it one more!
But looking back, it was really hard to choose a top 10 for the year! I read a lot of great books, but not too many absolute favorites. I learned to be more critical and picky with books this year, so my ratings were lower than in previous years.
I managed to create a list nonetheless (of my top NINE favorite reads rather than 10), so here it is, in no particular order. Also- I didn’t include any re-reads on this list, though there were quite a few that would make my favorites list, too.
First, I have a few honorable mentions that I want to include because they were great reads, just not necessarily my absolute favorites.
- Sadie by Courtney Summers
- The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakovic
- To Drink Coffee with a Ghost by Amanda Lovelace
- Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman made it onto my top 10 list of 2018, so it was no surprise that another book by this author is on my list again. In fact, there are quite a few repeat authors from previous years (I’m very predictable sorry).
This book has such beautiful writing, and I related to our main character, Kiko, so much. She has anxiety, which is something I also struggle with, and the way it was described was very accurate in this book. It is a heartbreaking story, but an important and eye-opening one that I highly recommend.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas’ “The Hate U Give” made my favorites list in 2017, and she is one of those authors that I know I will love everything she writes. I actually might have even enjoyed On the Come Up more than her debut novel, which I didn’t think she could beat.
This book really blew me away. It was so powerful, Bri is a badass, and the writing was so good. I also love that there are parts that pay homage to Starr from The Hate U Give in this book. It was subtle but a nice touch.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Everyone and their mother has read this book, but the hype around it is very real. I’m disappointed in myself that I didn’t pick it up in 2017 when it came out, but instead waited until 2019.
I’m glad that I did jump on the train eventually, though, because this book is unforgettable. The story follows a Hollywood movie star as she recounts her life story to a magazine writer. It was so interesting and it felt so real, which is why I loved it.
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Oh, look- another TJR book. I really went head-on with Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books this year- I’ve read 5/7 of them. I have to say, I loved this one a little bit more than Evelyn Hugo. In fact, I loved this one so much that immediately after finishing the audiobook the first time, I restarted it and finished it for a second time within a couple of days. I have never done that with any other book before.
Just like Evelyn Hugo, this book felt so real. I was upset that I couldn’t actually listen to the songs they talk about in the book. Why isn’t this a real band? Also, both of these books are getting tv show adaptations, which I could not be happier about. I’m definitely going to try to re-read both in 2020.
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Yet again, we have another author who had made it onto a previous “favorites of the year” list. I love Elizabeth Acevedo’s writing and the way she handles difficult topics in her books. This one follows Emoni, a teen mom, as she tries to decide what she wants to do post-high school. She loves cooking, and it is a passion of hers she would love to pursue, but she doesn’t think it is a realistic goal. She is faced with some tough decisions to make.
Overall, this was an incredible read. It was fast-paced, full of some delicious foods, and made me smile a lot. I can not wait to pick up more books from Elizabeth in the future- I know they will all be great.
Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer
I wasn’t going to include a poetry collection on here this year because there were so many that I loved. BUT, when I saw this one, I knew I had to include it. This is the first collection by Trista Mateer that I’ve read, but now I know I have to pick up more by her.
I could not put it down once I started it. Trista’s words have the ability to make you feel so many emotions at once. This collection was extremely powerful and beautiful.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
I absolutely loved this book!! I do know that it is pretty polarizing- it’s one of those books that you will either love or hate. I fell into the former category. I will be thinking about it for a long time.
The writing style was incredible. It was told in dual POV, and the second one was really unique. I don’t want to describe the plot too much because it’s better to go in without knowing anything in my opinion. I will say, though, that it will leave you confused but also wanting more.
The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
Would it be a favorites post from me if I didn’t mention Jenn Bennett? No. Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. This year she came out with a historical/paranormal fiction that I was so excited to read. It’s obviously very different from previous books I’ve read by her, but it surpassed all of my expectations. It had all of the witty banter, unique characters, and fun surprises that I loved in her romance books.
You can check out my full review here.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
And finally, we have the book that, if I had to choose, would take the number one spot on this list.
I discovered my love for Erin Morgenstern this year with a re-read of The Night Circus and later her newest release. She has become my favorite author of all time, which is something that I didn’t think I would ever be able to say.
I’ve gushed about this book so so many times on the blog and Instagram and Twitter, so I won’t say anything other than this: Just go read it.
These are all of my favorites! Please leave a comment letting me know what some of your favorite reads of the year are (maybe I’ll read them in 2020!).
Do we have any of the same favorites?