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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
- Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
- The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
- Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
- The Wicked King by Holly Black
Because this was such a hard list to compose, I wanted to highlight some other great reads from this year!