My Favorite Books of the Year | 2019

February 18, 2020 | Posted by Victoria in Wrap Ups | 2 Comments

Wow, this post is going up a lot later than I anticipated. I’m finally going to share my favorite books of 2019! I read over 200 (!!!!!) books last year, so obviously I had quite a few favorites. Since I already had such a hard time narrowing down which books were my fave, I couldn’t put myself through an even more difficult time of putting them in order of favorites, so these are just in the order I read them.

Written in the Stars – This was one of the first books I read in 2019, and I immediately knew that it would be one of my favorites of the year. This book was such an emotional read, and one I definitely recommend.

The Poet X – Initially I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy this book because it’s written in verse, and I don’t read books in verse very often. Not only was this such an emotional book, but the narration of the audiobook was everything. Elizabeth Acevedo narrates it herself, and she’s won so many awards for slam poetry. If you decide to pick up this book, I highly recommend doing it via audiobook.

The Art of French Kissing – I’d seen this book on Instagram a few times, but really hadn’t heard too much about it. I picked it up from the bookstore because I loved the cover and the premise sounded intriguing. I’m so glad I picked this up because this was such a fun book! I love that it’s a baking competition for entry into culinary school.

 Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors – I’m a fan of Pride and Prejudice, and was super excited when I saw this retelling. I loved how this retelling unfolded, and how Sonali Dev incorporated characters and themes in a new way. I loved al the characters in this book, and am so excited for the second book in the series coming out this year!

 Sourdough– I remember seeing news about this book coming out a while ago, but for some reason never picked it up even though I loved Robin Sloan’s previous work. I finally picked up a copy from the library in 2019 and binge read it. The book was so weird, but so un-put-downable, and one I definitely want to reread.

 Wrong to Need You – I’d read the first book in this series and thought it was good, and wanted to continue with the series. I’m so glad I did, because even though I enjoyed the first book, I loved the second. Alisha Rai is quickly becoming an autobuy author for me!

 A Prince on Paper – Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series is one where each new book is better than the last. I liked the first book, really, really liked the second book, and loved this third book.

 The Bride Test – Of course  The Bride Test is on this list. I remember being super nervous going in because I didn’t want my expectations to be too high, but they were and they were rewarded because this book was amazing. I love Helen Hoang so much and can’t wait to read more of her work.

 Red, White, and Royal Blue – This is another book that sounded really good but had a lot of hype surrounding it. I was super worried going in that it wouldn’t live up to the hype, but it did, and I want to reread it again soon.

 Don’t Date Rosa Santos – Oh man this book was good. I loved reading about Rosa Santos and her friends and family. I got major Gilmore Girls vibes from the setting, and while writing this realize that I only have an eARC of this and want a physical copy so I can stare at it on my shelf and reread it.

Brazen and the Beast – I was obsessed with Wicked and the Wallflower when I read it last year, and knew I was going to love  Brazen and the Beast when it was published this year. Sarah MacLean is an autobuy author for me, and this book did not disappoint.

 Maybe You Should Talk to Someone – Of course a book about therapy is on my faves of the year list! I love this book so much, and I read it twice. I loved reading about Lori Gottlieb’s experience as a therapist, but also her experience as a therapist who sees a therapist.

 Kulti – 2019 was the year of Mariana Zapata for me. This wasn’t the first MZ I read in 2019, but it was definitely my favorite (not to say that I wasn’t obsessed with the others, because I was). Even though this book was massive, I couldn’t put it down and finished it almost entirely in one day.

 Tell Me How It Ends – I remember reading an article earlier in the year with a list of books to read about immigration. I checked out  Tell Me How It Ends from the library because it was on the list, but only two or three chapters in I had to put it down and go out and buy my own copy.

 Kissing Ezra Holtz – Another Brianna Shrum on this list. I think Shrum is such an underrated author, I haven’t seen her books much on bookstagram or on blogs that often. I love her work, and she’s definitely another autobuy author for me.

 Well Met – This was one of those books that I knew I was going to love immediately after starting it. I love that it was set during a renaissance festival, and I loved getting all the behind the scenes to getting the festival up and running. I was surprised at how emotional this book was, I definitely expecting it to be lighter than it was.

 Serpent & Dove – This is another book where there was so much hype surrounding it, and it’s all warranted. I loved this book so much, and am so upset that I have to wait to get the sequel. I checked this book out from the library, so I’m definitely going to have to get my own copy so I can binge read this and the second once it’s out.

 Know My Name – Wow, this was such an amazing memoir. I honestly don’t know what to say besides this was amazing and you need to read it. This is a book I could only read a chapter or two at a time because it was so emotional and so heartbreaking.

 My Time Among the Whites – Another great memoir from 2019. I hadn’t read anything by Crucet before so this was my introduction to her. After reading this, I added her books to my TBR, and am planning on getting to them this year.

 Heartstopper – I loved this graphic novel so much. The first one was amazing, but wow this second one was a five star read and a favorite of the year. I loved the characters and seeing their relationship progress, and I loved seeing how sweet they were with each other.

That’s Mental – This was such a funny and difficult memoir to read. I love the way the author talks about mental health, and her own experience with mental health. Even though mental health and mental illness is a serious thing, sometimes we have to laugh about things for levity.

Beard Science – I started reading Penny Reid this year and really love all her books. Beard Science is my favorite because Cletus is my favorite character. I loved reading about him and seeing how oblivious he was about his feelings until it was too late.

Get a Life Chloe Brown – Talia Hibbert is an amazing author, and GALCB was such a great novel. I loved reading about a main character with chronic illness, that was written well. I loved the sense of humor in this novel, and cannot wait to read the next in the series!

Faking Under the Mistletoe – This book surprised me. I was not expecting to have another favorite book of the year the last few weeks of the year. I laughed out loud so much during this book, and couldn’t put it down until I was done. I love how grumpy the hero is, and loved watching him just put up with the bubbly always happy heroine.

Did we have any of the same favorite books of the year?
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2 responses to “My Favorite Books of the Year | 2019

  1. Liv

    We have some favorite reads in common, nice! Of yours, the following were books I read and enjoyed as well in audiobook format of course:
    1. Get A Life Chloe Brown (2020)
    2. The Bride Test (2019)
    3. Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors (2019)

    I think I participated in posting my top 10 reads in no particular order in one Facebook group. And then I later realized that there were so many more that I could’ve included. For me, it would be easier to list my top disappointing reads vs. my favorites since I have honed my one-clicking to a science and usually love most of my reads.

    • Glad we have some of the same favorite books! Same, I pretty much know which books I’ll like and dislike that it’s easier to pick up books I enjoy. I also have no problem DNFing, so that helps too.

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