Recs & Lists

Favorite Books of 2019

Hi again, everyone! I am so excited to be returning from my much needed hiatus! I’ve been working on things for school for the past couple of months, and it’s been weird to not have a post up every week.

I knew this was the perfect opportunity to return to blogging. Seeing everyone’s favorite books of the year is one of my favorite parts of December, so of course I wanted to partake in that tradition again this year!

Personally, I wanted to keep it very low pressure for this list, so I just simply perused the books I read this year and picked out the ones that made me say “you know what, I really enjoyed this one.” That being said, there are several four star books or books that I definitely had some critiques of. Still, they’re books that I found entertaining and worth the time I spent reading them. I also excluded rereads from this list, as well as keeping the books in chronological order of when I read them rather than a true ranking.


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You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks

Holy cow, You Were Made for This was so deliciously twisted! The writing style in this book was truly unique. It took me a little longer than usual to get into the groove of this thriller, but it was all worth it in the end. I really loved the messed up relationships, especially the main character and her best friend’s. This would be a very interesting book to reread to see how the foreshadowing built up in the end.

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Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

This is the first, but certainly not last, audiobook on my favorites list. The narrator for this thriller, Chloe Cannon, did an absolutely amazing job with this story. Give Me Your Hand was a lot darker than I expected it to be, and I loved it! Again, the friendship between the two female main characters had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! This is the only Megan Abbott book I’ve read, but I see that changing in the future.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Yes, I read a fantasy series and I liked it. In 2019 I stepped out of my comfort zone to try out this popular trilogy, and it really worked out in my favor. I can acknowledge that Caraval may not be a perfect book on a technical level, but this book grabbed me and didn’t let go. In my mind, the Caraval series is a bit like the Selection in the respect that it has some issues, but reading it is like binging on your favorite candy.

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Along with being one of my favorites, an Absolutely Remarkable Thing was probably my most surprising reads of the year! I definitely was only interested in reading this because it was written by Hank, and I thought I would have several problems with it. Obviously, I was pleasantly surprised! I’m really looking forward to the sequel next year maybe it will be another favorite). You can also see my full review here.

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

This is definitely an author duo for me to keep an eye on. I really enjoyed the Wife Between Us. It was a tad predictable at times, but I still thought the twists were pulled off really well. The pacing was also done nicely, and I wasn’t bored at any point during the story.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The funny thing here is that I never intended to read this book. I knew of its popularity, but didn’t think it would be for me after not really caring for another book by the author. And now. . . well, here we are. I felt so seen by Ari and Dante in ways I didn’t expect. A lot of my reading experience was spent crying, but, like, in a good way? Also, Lin-Manuel Miranda was the perfect choice for the audiobook narrator. His take seriously impacted the way I experienced this book in the best way. I honestly can’t wait to reread this one.

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Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

Wayward Son was so mean to me (and I totally loved it). This was pretty much my most anticipated release of the year, so of course it earned a place on my favorites list for the year.  I still don’t have words to explain how I feel about this book, even three months later. It was dark and gritty and so full of angst, but anything else wouldn’t have made as much sense. I might prefer Carry On overall, but the sequel was still an absolute favorite for 2019.

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Picture the sound of someone shrieking happily and you’ve got my review of Red, White & Royal Blue. This list isn’t technically in order, but if it was this would be in the number one spot Basically, I have never had such a fun time reading a book in my entire life. Maybe part of that is because I rarely read in romance, but stepping outside of my comfort zone has introduced me to this new all-time fave. I laughed, I cried, I desperately tried to keep myself from grinning like a lunatic in public, and then I did it all again. I am constantly thinking about Red, White & Royal Blue and can’t wait to read it again.


Whew, there we have it! Talking about books you love is so hard without just incoherently screaming, let’s not lie to ourselves.

I only picked out eight books to represent my favorites from 2019, but I’m actually really pleased with my reading this year! I read a lot of books that weren’t something I would normally reach for. There were, of course, some books that didn’t work so well, but 2019 showed me a lot of new interests. And I managed to get some new all-time favorites from the year!

Thanks for reading, I can’t wait to see where 2020 takes us!

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