Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I Read in 2019

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This week’s TTT topic is “Favorite Books I Read In 2019”. As of 9pm on December 30th when I’m drafting this post, I’ve read 73 books (tho I still have my current read to finish and I might even try to squeeze in a quick graphic novel before the new year).

This was sooooo hard. My top 10 outta 73 books?? It took me so long to come up with which book was my top read of the year. It was also so difficult to equally consider books I read at the beginning of the year with books I’ve read more recently. I feel like I could look at this list 2 hours later and the order would completely change. Oh well. 😆

Before I get to my list, I wanted to quick note that I arranged them in ascending order (or would it be descending order? eh, I don’t care). So I’ve started with my 10th favorite and ended with my overall top read of 2019!

Let’s get to it!
(omg, this is my last post of 2019 and my last post of the decade. Crazy!)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


10. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

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After adoring the movie in high school, I finally read the book! Even though the ending was rushed and bizarre, this book was so fun, hilarious, and whimsical! I loved how Sophie was powerful in her own right and how Jones’ played with fairytale tropes across the book. Definitely plan to continue on to the companion books.

9. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Yes, it took me until 2019 to finish the Six of Crows Duology.  But ahhhhhh, how is it that Leigh Bardugo is such a masterful writer?? This book was incredible and now I still can’t believe that I haven’t read King of Scars.

8. Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies

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Including a memoir on this list?? Who am I? But seriously, between my internship and the Memoir class, 2019 has really taught me to appreciate memoirs.
My favorite part about this memoir was Davies’ writing: she’s witty and snarky yet hard-hitting when she needs to be. Her voice was so distinct and I can’t wait to see what else she writes.

7. Final Draft by Riley Redgate

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I did not expect to love this book as much as I did! I seriously wish I had had this book when I was a teen and in high school. Even though it’s a short book, it sheds light on so many important subjects. You can actually read my full gushing review here.

6. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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Omg, this book was such a beautiful, fictional character study of the Mirabal sisters. The novel follows them from their childhood until the murder of three of the sisters (Las Mariposas). All of the girls felt so real, and Alvarez’s writing was beautiful. Even though you go in knowing the ending, this book still brought tears to my eyes.

5. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

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I discovered Riley Sager’s books this year and now I will read everything he writes–and he’s inspired to seek out other thrillers! But seriously, from the first page to the last, I was completed addicted to this book; I could not put it down! I still think about the ending even months later.

4. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

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I binge-read this entire book all in one night and HOLY CRAP I CANNOT BELIEVE THE TRILOGY IS OVER!! Even though the ending got a little soft and cheesy, I adored this final volume in this magical world with Jude and Cardan. Please Holly Black, never stop writing faerie books.

3. Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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I never said I wasn’t a #basic book blogger. Usually I don’t completely fall head over heels in love with romance books, but as y’all already know: THIS WAS SO GOOD! Upon returning to school, I threw the book at my housemates and they both also adored it. I will now consume everything Casey McQuiston writes and will forever pray for a sequel or a companion book.

2. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

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I am SJM trash till the very end, so I couldn’t not put one of her book’s in my top three reads. But holy crap, this book tried to kill me with all the feels. The Throne of Glass series is one of my all-time-favorite series and I can’t believe it’s over! Needless to say, I have extremely high hopes for SJM’s next series: Crescent City.

1. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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MY TOP READ OF THE YEAR. Can you believe I read this back in February? If you saw my top reads from the first half of 2019, you’ll notice that this book was also my top read there.

But yeah, I’m also complete trash for anything that’s whimsical and fairytale-esque, and this collection completely ASTOUNDED ME. (And its Leigh Bardugo, so it really shouldn’t have been a surprise). And the artwork was equally incredible! Ahhhhh, why couldn’t this collection have been longer??


Honorable Mentions / Runner-Ups:

Because this was such a hard list to compose, I wanted to highlight some other great reads from this year!


What are some of your favorite reads from 2019? Do we have any that overlap?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2019 TBR

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Yessssss, a seasonal TBR, one of my favorite TTT posts to write! This week’s TTT topic is “Books On My Fall 2019 TBR”, in case that wasn’t clear. 😝

Eeek, there’s gonna be a couple repeats on here from my Summer TBR…Lol, I only managed to read 4 of the 10 books on my Summer 2019 TBR. Honestly, this TBR will probably yield similar results; fall semesters are always really busy for me, so I’m only really aiming to read the first 4 or so books on this list. But if the book and homework gods decide to work in tandem, perhaps I’ll be able to accomplish more?!? *fingers crossed*

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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Technically, I’ve already started this book, but I’m only 15 pages in, so it’s really still on my TBR. Honestly, I really have no motivation to read this book, but my bookclub picked it out and I’m kinda a Co-President, so I really have to read it…Ugh though, I just can’t believe that they picked a 770 page book to read during the semester, that’s really what’s dissuading me from this book.

(If you’ve read this book and liked it, please let me know and motivate me to pick it back up!)

2. The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

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I’m part of the FFBC blog tour for this book at the beginning of October, which means I also need to pick it up ASAP. But seriously, vineyards, magic wine, and witches–how great does this book sound?

3. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

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Another book club read! I’m so excited, because I’ve been wanting to read this book since I saw the movie!

4. Normal People by Sally Rooney

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My book club’s final read! I’ve heard mixed things about it, but I’ve also been intrigued by it since I first learned they were publishing it in the U.S.. Fingers crossed I enjoy it!

5. Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

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Release Date: October 29th

Here comes all the ARCs I failed to get to during ARC August. Thankfully, this one hasn’t released yet, though I don’t know how realistic it is for me to read & review it before it releases on October 29. I have a feeling that October is gonna be a crazy month homework-wise.

6. Two Girls, a Clock, and a Crooked House by Michael Poore

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And here be another ARC! I picked it up because I’ve been hoping to get more into MG. Alas, this book released on September 10th and I truly don’t know when I’ll get around to it. But it looks like a great Halloween-y/Fall read, doesn’t it?

7. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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I keep hearing more and more about this book and all these amazing things too AND OMG I JUST WANNA GO READ IT SO BAD NOWWWWWW. Like screw homework, life, and responsibilities, I should just go read this book instead.

8. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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I’m almost caught up on all the LB books (tho once Ninth House releases, I’ll also need to read that). It just warms my heart that LB is continuing to write books in the Grishaverse and ahhh, I can’t wait to see Nikolai and Nina again! I can’t believe I haven’t picked this book up already.

9. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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Release Date: October 8th

I mean, you knew this was coming, didn’t ya? Honestly, I just couldn’t not include this book. Eeeek, this book is almost here! I need to remember to go pre-order it, but ahhhh, there are so many different editions to chose from, how do I decide?

10. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

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Release Date: November 19th

And of course, no Fall 2019 TBR would be complete without THE QUEEN OF NOTHING! November is always a hectic month, so I don’t know how likely it will be for me to drop everything and pick up this book, but you better bet I will damn well try my best.
(Also another book I gotta remember to pre-order)


Lol, this is such an ambitious TBR for the fall, especially since I’m taking 3 English classes and reading lots already, but a girl can dream, right?

What books are on your Fall TBR? Do we have any that overlap? Have you already read any that I mentioned?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Reads from the First Half of 2019

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This week’s TTT topic is a freebie, so I thought I’d once again reflect on my reading so far this year but compiling a “Favorite Reads from the First Half of 2019” list! This means that I’m not counting any books I read in July tho, which kinda sucks because I read two amazing books this month: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvaraz and Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (which so would have made my list!) but oh well, I guess it made writing this list less difficult technically?

I’m written the list in descending order, so it starts with my 10th favorite read and ends with my all-time favorite read.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


10. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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I read this book in an entire day, and wow I loved Stella so much. I can’t wait to read the companion book!

9. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

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Found families is one of the best YA tropes in existence, and this book attests to this. Listening to Roshani Chokshi speak at a book event was a true joy and made me decide that I want to read every book by her, particularly the sequel to this book when it releases next year.
Completely random, but I even convinced a stranger at the Strand Book Store to buy this book. 😁

8. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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I did not expect to like this book as much as I did, which is why I put off reading it for a year+ after my aunt loaned me her copy of the book. Though there’s like zero chance of this happening, I really really want there to be a sequel to this book.

7. Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies

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Who would have thought I would add a memoir to this list? This book was raw, real, intense, and I cannot praise Davies’s writing style enough.

6. Final Draft by Riley Redgate

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Wow, I adored this book, particularly Laila’s character, SO MUCH. Why couldn’t this book have been longer?? And why couldn’t I have read it sooner in my life?

5. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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I FINALLY completed the Six of Crows duology this year, and wow, HOW does Leigh Bardugo write these books?

4. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

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I’ve said this a bazillion times in the last 2 months, but I’m not a thriller reader, which is why I was so surprised when this book completely consumed me and I did nothing else until I finished it. I need to pick up thrillers more often!

3. The Wicked King by Holly Black

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At this point, we all know about THAT ENDING. I finished this book at like one or two in the morning, and it destroyed me. SO UM…is it November yet?

2. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

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This book, of course, was such a close contender for the first spot. SO MANY FEELS AND I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE THIS SERIES IS OVER. I cannot wait until I can get my hands on another SJM book.

1. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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Yeahhh, Leigh Bardugo has just been rocking my world this year. If you guys have seen my Mid-Year Freak Out tag post, you would have already known this was my fav read of the year so far, so there probably wasn’t much suspense in composing this list in descending order, but oh well. BUT THESE TALES WERE SO FANTASTICAL AND BEAUTIFUL AND I WOULD DIE TO HAVE MORE.


What are some of your favorite reads from this year so far? Do we have any that overlap?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy & Auto-Read Authors

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This week’s TTT topic is “Auto-Buy Authors”, but I’m going to spin it to and “Auto-Buy & Auto-Read Authors”… or maybe it’s more like an “Auto-Buy & Auto-Want-to-Read Authors” because I think there’s only technically one author on this list who I’ve actually read all of their books of. But yeah, I don’t really have that many auto-buy authors since I utilize my library a lot.

This was a weird list to compile, because I had to come up with authors whose work I’ve read all of, or if I haven’t read all of their work, that I have the complete remainder on my TBR. So I couldn’t include authors like Holly Black, because despite loving The Cruel Prince series, I have no interest in going back and reading some of her older series, like the Tithe series. I don’t know if that makes sense, but that’s how I wanted to classify this list.

Note: With the exception of SJM, Margaret Rogerson, and Roshani Chokshi, all photos of authors used in this post are taken from Goodreads and do not belong to me.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


Auto-Buy Authors:

1. Sarah J. Maas

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I mean, this is kinda a given…If y’all have seen any of my posts before, you guys know I’m SJM trash. I own and have read all of her books and I may or may not have a special shelf in my room dedicated to her books…
(ALSO, I GOT TO MEET SJM BACK IN 2017 AND HERE’S A PIC. Lol, throwback to when I dyed my hair red.)

2. Leigh Bardugo

Omg, what a Queen. Leigh Bardugo is another author I will read and buy books from until the end of my days. Speaking of which, I need to get around to reading King of Scars and then pre-ordering Ninth House

3. Margaret Rogerson

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As long as Margaret Rogerson keeps writing whimsical books with gorgeous covers, I will buy them all. Technically, though, I still need to buy Sorcery of Thorns.
Also, look guys! I got to meet her at the YA Fandom Frenzy back in 2017. I haven’t read An Enchantment of Ravens at that time, so it was kinda awkward tho, lol.

4. Sabaa Tahir

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Okay, this is a real stretch here, but I technically own all of the An Ember in the Ashes books (Of course in all different editions: I literally have a paperback, a hardcover, and a UK paperback—-whyyyyy). Shamed to say I’ve only actually read the first book back in 2015. But I will read all the books before the series end, I promise! (ermmm, hopefully, at least)

Auto-Read (AKA Auto-Want-to-Read) Authors:

5. Emily Henry

I’ve been keeping an eye on Emily Henry ever since she visited my college during my first semester, and thus I’m determined to read everything written by her. I may have technically only read The Love the Split the World, but I have A Million Junes on my shelf!

6. Roshani Chokshi

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Hearing Roshani Chokshi speak instantly made me want to read everything she’s written. Again, I’m a bit behind here; I’ve only read The Star-Touched Queen and The Gilded Wolves.

7. Madeline Miller

Okay, so I’ve only read Circe by Miller, but her writing is so gorgeous and beautiful I will read everything she writes. I currently have Song of Achilles checked out from the library.

8. Becky Albertalli

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Becky Albertalli writes such fun and cute contemporaries! I actually binge read all of her solo books last summer and adored them! Now I just need to read What If It’s Us.

9. Amanda Foody

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Okay, this is another yikes-I’ve-technically-only-read-one-book-but-I-swear-I-want-to-read-their-others authors. I’ve only read Ace of Shades, but I really enjoyed it.

10. Riley Sager

A weird addition to the list, but currently true at the moment. I loved The Last Time I Lied, I’m planning to read Final Girls while I’m on vacation next week, and I also can’t wait to get my hands on Sager’s newest release, Lock Every Door.


What are some of your Auto-Buy & Auto-Read Authors? Do we have any that overlap? Any others you think I should have included on this list?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!