It’s gift time! You know what that means, right? It’s time to break out the book lists (which I really love making by the way). Now this particular list is going to be based off all of the books I read this year, not just the 2019 releases. Gotta love that backlist too. Plus, I read some awesome titles that were not published in 2019 this year and loved them more than a lot of the new releases I read.
So without further ado, I present to you…
Eight of the Best Books I Read in 2019
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis – I don’t usually read contemporary but I was genuinely surprise at how much I ended up liking this book. Frustrating and gripping. This was a fast read and sucked me right in.
CW: drug use and addiction.
A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews – All at once beautiful and absolutely devastating. The ending was absolutely incredible. Drews had me literally sobbing in bed reading it. It was both sad and hopeful. If you haven’t read this, you really should; it is fantastic.
CW: this book does heavily feature domestic abuse, thoughts of self-harm, starvation, and child neglect.
Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson – My favorite thing by far about this book though was the family dynamic between Zuhra, Inara, their parents, others, and even those who were perhaps not family by blood but family in every other way. It’s wonderful and beautiful. I definitely shed a few tears reading part of chapter 38.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan – I stayed up until 3AM reading this book and I could have just kept reading until it was done. (I did force myself to go to bed.) This was one of my most anticipated 2019 novels for a very good reason! It was so freaking wonderful to be immersed in a new fantasy world that is so well built. It has been a long time since I have read a fantasy book and been able to flip out with such joy and shock.
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – The writing in this book pulled me in the moment I started reading it. Before I knew it, I was 80 pages in and utterly invested in the story. I will be picking up the sequel. I was captivated from the very first page.
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – This book was amazing. I could set this book down for a minute or for months and it would only take me a sentence or two to be pulled back into this story. Within just a pages of starting this book, I found myself hooked and anxious. I don’t recommend walking around at night, even inside your house, after reading this book. This is a frightening take on mermaids and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Bright We Burn by Kiersten White – Such a page turner and a great conclusion to a trilogy even though I was kind of hoping for a different ending. I loved the development of each character and how their own personal arcs all came to wonderful and satisfying conclusions.
Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scary Tales by Kiersten White – I laughed throughout this entire book. This was pure fun and the twists on popular fairytales were well done. I was very eager to see what Miss White would come up with next.