Top 10 of 2019

Wow, what a year! This might be my best year for reading ever. Which I’m pretty sure I said that last year too, but it’s even more true this year. I read so many books that could have been on this list. Six 5-star books is an all-time record for me, and there were countless four-star books that were a HIGH four stars. For the last three or four months every time I’ve had to bump a book off the list it’s been such a difficult decision. The books that did make the list have been re-arranged multiple times. For the first time since I’ve started blogging, this could have been a Top 20 list.

Yet, alas, for some reason I limit myself to a Top 10. So without any additional rambling, here they are, my favorite books of the year.

1. Bel Canto by Ann Patchet

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This book gave me ALL of the feels. I connected with it on such a deep emotional level. Bonus points for the love of music that permeated the novel.

2. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I didn’t used to believe in love at first sight, but I do now. ALL. THE. FEELS.

3. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

I have never read a fantasy novel like this one before. The setting, the mythology, the characters, it was all so unique and so GOOD.

4. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I love the characters. I love the way it was written. But most of all, I loved the way it made me feel.

5. The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

Maybe the best time-travel book I have ever read. A character-driven murder-mystery that delves deep into the details of time travel theory.

6. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Library + swords + swoony romance + magic =<3

7. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Epic, exciting, romantic, smart, standalone, everything I want in a fantasy. Also, did I mention DRAGONS???

8. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

Finally, a romantic comedy that was everything I’ve always wanted! ❤

9. The Starless Sea

Erin Morgenstern is finally back, and she was worth the wait. I loved the way this was a story about stories, and they all felt so timeless.

10. Enchantée by Gita Trelease

Enchantée was magical, lush, romantic, and the feel-good YA book I needed this year. I loved it, and if you love the French Revolution you will too!

20 thoughts on “Top 10 of 2019

  1. There are so many books on your list I’m dying to read in 2020. I’m kicking myself for not reading Sorcery of Thorns when I had the ARC. I’ll not make that mistake again, since it has found it’s way onto almost everyone’s top picks of the year.

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  2. Nice list! The Sun is Also A Star is one of my favorites of all times, and With the Fire on High made my favorites of 2019. I really want to read Sorcery of Thorns in 2020.

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  3. I’m curious about bel canto! And With the Fire on High sounds awesome- really want to read it! The psychology of time travel sounds amazing. And I hear nothing but good things about sorcery of thorns and love the concept- I really need to read it! And I also want to read priory of the orange tree (just a little scared off by the length right now 😉 ) And I love stories about stories and I’m so keen for Morgenstern’s next book!

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