Hey y’all today I wanted to talk about my favorite books of 2019. In 2019 I ended up reading 128 books total. This is the lowest that I have read in previous years but 2019 was a rough year. Anyway, I have 8(ish) books that I want to talk about as my favorite.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – I actually read this book twice this year and I loved it both times. This complex story about nature or nurture. About finding your own path, just really touched my heart. Also, this has one of the most realistic courtroom scenes I’ve ever read. If I was going to push you to read anything, it would be this books.
The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima – Okay, so this is kinda a cheat. I read the last two books, The Gray Wolf Throne and The Crimson Crown, this year, but I have to recommend the whole series. The first book in this quartet is The Demon King. This is one of the strongest young adult fantasy series that I have ever read. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles, it’s just a well written political fantasy story. I absolutely love this series and want to re-read it soon. (Review)
Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram – This was totally unexpected and I think I read it at the perfect time for me. The portrayal and discussion of depression in this story was so real that I actually cried. Darius was just a boy trying to figure out life. This story is so quiet, but it really leaves an impact.
The Nightmare-verse by L.L. McKinney – I read both released books in this series this year. A Blade So Black was so good. An Alice in Wonderland retelling set in Atlanta and Wonderland with a Black main character! It feels like an anime and I just loved McKinney’s spin on this story. The second book A Dream So Dark was very strong too! There was no way that I could talk about my favorite books and not mention this book. Gimme all the Black female led fantasies, please and thank you!
Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray – If you have been following this blog for any amount of time, you will know that I have LOVED every book in this series and that I love Libba Bray. Her writing is so intelligent and she really trust her audience. Also, she gives her opinion without beating you over the head. This book is the third in The Diviner‘s series and we are following the Diviner’s as they continue to figure out what they are. The discussion on eugenics and racism in the 1920’s New York is great. And yes, the audio books are as good as everyone says they are for the series. I absolutely can’t wait for the final book in this series to release in February.
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – Oh man. I loved this book. At first I thought it might be too high fantasy for me. I’m more of a fantasy medium reader and this is definitely high fantasy. Vin is such a dynamic character and her decision making made her really feel like an impulsive teenager. Kelseir is everything and I thoroughly enjoyed him as a character. This is a great way to get into fantasy if you are not a fantasy reader.
Becoming by Michelle Obama – Yes, I loved this book just like everyone else. The audio book was incredible and her story was so honest. I liked how it was her telling her story and it didn’t go too self-helpy. Overall, it was great and you should listen to it on audio.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou – I listened to this audio book in a day. I couldn’t stop listening to it because the story was so bizarre that it had to be true. This is the story of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes. This sent me down a rabbit hole on the subject and the book was definitely my favorite way to consume this story. The pacing of the book reads like a mystery/thriller. I just say read it.
These are my top 8(ish) books that I read this year. I highly recommend all of these and definitely think they are worth the read. I couldn’t put them in a forced rank because, it’s impossible for me. If I had to pick an absolute favorite it would probably be Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
What was your top book of 2019? Let’s chat in the comments.
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