Here we are. The last day of the year, and the last day of the decade. 2019 has been a big year for me. I began practicing yoga, I learned how to play guitar, and I created a book blog! All of these moments were supplemented by some incredible books, but the following really enhanced my year. The list is short, but the impact each of these books had on me, how they made me feel, is immeasurable.
Here are my absolute favorite reads of 2019.
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
I’m sure that I’m not alone in saying that this was my number one favorite book of 2019. The writing style was alive, the characters were incredibly flawed and wonderful, and overall, the story was just pure joy. If this is the first you’re hearing of this book, what are you still doing reading this post??? GO READ IT. NOW.
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
This book kind of crept up on me. I found it in my local library, saw it was on my TBR, and I decided to check it out knowing little to nothing about the plot. But this book left me reeling once I finished it.
Crier’s War by Nina Varela
An absolutely stunning debut. Nina’s writing style is devastatingly gorgeous, and her world-building capabilities were the best I’ve read this year. I actually had the opportunity to listen to Nina at The Ripped Bodice, a romance-only bookstore in LA, earlier this year, and I thanked her for naming a character Bryn because you don’t see Bryns in books every day! (If you know a book with a character named Bryn, please rec it to me, I don’t care if it’s bad.)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Find me someone who can write characters and metaphors better than Maggie Stiefvater. I’m waiting. This was a re-read that I actually listened to as an audiobook, and Will Patton’s narration enhanced my experience of this beautifully written story.
And now for the honorable mentions:
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Reverie by Ryan La Sala
Steel Tide by Natalie C. Parker
And that’s a wrap on the year and the decade! What were your favorite reads of the year?