THE YEAR IS OVER IT’S 2020!!
And with the end of the year, it’s time to wrap up my Favorite Books of 2019! I read 128 amazing books and I loved so many of them! It was definitely hard to choose favorites, but I’ve narrowed it down and here they are!!
Something I noticed this year was that I read a pretty even mix of fantasy and contemporary or, if anything, I actually read a little more contemporary. But on this list, 7 are fantasy and 3 and contemporary, whereas on my Least Favorite Books of 2019, 7 were contemporary and 3 were fantasy. So I guess it was the year of fantasy for me!! I return to my roots since I’ve loved fantasy forever and contemporary is a newer thing for me!
Anyways, here’s the list!
I wish that this could be my number one favorite considering how much I anticipated it, but it still made top 10 so I’m happy! Although I had a few issues with the book, overall it was such an amazing conclusion, fast paced with epic action and romantic tension, drama, reveals, plot twists, and a lot of things that caused my poor heart go just crazy!
9. Permanent Record
This book was such an amazing contemporary! It was so real and relatable with a character just trying to figure out life who was kind of a mess and doesn’t have it all planned out, which I really appreciated because literally me. It was also a famous person story with a Hollywood relationship that I loved, and also the half Asian rep was absolutely amazing!!
8. A House Of Rage And Sorrow
This was such a powerful and deep and dark and moving story. The way it dealt with messiness and grief was so powerful! But also it was a war epic in space and there was so much going on that kept me on my toes and totally awed me, and I still love the science fantasy with mythology and gods and I just loved this book.
This definitely lived up to its name of being Legendary! It was my favorite in the series, and I loved seeing Tella be fierce and badass and solve mysteries and have an amazing romance and I just loved this version of Caraval.
This book was absolutely amazing! The representation… I feel heard. It’s the absolute best biracial/half Asian rep I’ve ever read, and the anxiety rep was fantastic too! And it was such a great story of a girl coming of age and going after her dream and breaking free of her old life and I just loved it.
5. Warrior of the Wild
Tricia Levenseller is fantastic is all I can say. I loved seeing the fierce vikings and their adventures, I loved seeing the character interactions, I loved seeing them overcome their fears, and most of all I loved the message shown with the twists in the end!
4. Red, White, and Royal Blue
This book got a ton of hype this year and it’s all absolutely deserved. Henry and Alex are so perfect squee! And I loved the backdrop of the first female president running for reelection, and I loved the interactions the characters had with their friends and families!
My full review coming soon!
3. A Curse So Dark and Lonely
There’s no shortage of Beauty and the Beast retellings, yet this one managed to stand out! I loved seeing the grittier version of the beast, a full blown murderous monster. I loved Harper and how fierce and committed she was, and also the disability rep and how she didn’t let anything get in the way of what she was doing.
2. Sorcery of Thorns
This book is amazing!!! It really messed with my emotions oh gosh I was an absolute wreck after finishing it! One of the very few books that’s made me cry! I loved the concept of magical libraries and I loved Nathanial my book boyfriend and I loved Silas Silas SILASSSS! Oh yeah and Elisabeth is the best badass librarian ever.
1. The Wicked King
Is anybody surprised? Not me for sure. I read and loved this book in January and it put me in a huge major book hangover after finishing it and it really did something to me and after an entire year and over a hundred books later after reading this one it remains my best of the year. I was on the edge of my metaphorical seat for the whole time, frantically turning pages, gasping with shock and squeeing with delight and absolutely having no idea what was coming next but knowing that I was going to love it!
What are some of your favorite books of this year? Are you also obsessed with The Wicked King and Sorcery of Thorns? I’d love to chat in the comments below.