My top ten reads of 2019

There is still a little over a week left in 2019, but to date I have read a total of 74 books, and the time has come to announce my TOP TEN reads of the year! Bookworms, come forth, and let’s discuss our favourite books that we read in 2019!!

As 2019 draws to a close, the time has come to compile a list of my favourite reads in the last 12 months. While I still can’t believe that the year is almost over (how on earth did THAT happen?), and trying to pick my top ten books is always a somewhat arduous task, I have finally made my choices. But before we begin, a few quick things I wanted to point out:

MY RATINGS

There is still time left in 2019, but to date I have read a total of 74 books, and my average rating is 4.3 stars. Why so high, you might ask? Because I generally enjoy every book I read. Over the years, I’ve developed a knack for knowing what kind of books I like, and the result is that I very rarely give a book a low rating. Which is great…except when it comes to trying to select my “favourites”

THE RULE

I read quite a lot of series, and also have a couple of authors whose books I always adore. To maintain some diversity in my list of 2019 favourites, I have decided to implement the following rule: only one book by any given author may be included in my top ten reads. So here we go! I’d love to hear what you think of my list, and what your favourite books were this year!

PRINCE OF AIR AND DARKNESS by M.A. Grant

Human student Phineas Smith has been cursed with a power no one could control. Unseelie Prince Roark Lyne is his worst enemy…and his only hope.

Genre: low fantasy | LGBT+

Series: The Darkest Court #1

My thoughts: This story had everything I love in an urban fantasy: lots of creatures, political intrigue, and fascinating characters that I just can’t get enough of!

Rating:

CALL DOWN THE HAWK by Maggie Stiefvater

The dreamers walk among us…and so do the dreamed. Then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.

Genre: low fantasy | LGBT+ | YA

Series: The Dreamer Trilogy #1

My thoughts: I loved it! All the dream-y stuff was absolutely amazing, and I loved seeing the Lynch brothers develop both in themselves and in their bonds with each other.

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CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate and nemesis, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire…but he’s probably right.

Genre: low fantasy | LGBT+ | YA

Series: Simon Snow #1

My thoughts: Devoured this in one sitting! Witty and full-of-feels, I loved the world-building, the plot, the side characters, and of course Simon and Baz!

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THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES by C.G. Drews

Can Sam and his autistic brother Avery find a perfect home? They’ve been abandoned by everyone they’ve known, but Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.

Genre: contemporary | YA

Series: (stand alone)

My thoughts: C.G. Drews ripped my heart out and stomped all over it! I consumed this book in a single night and was bawling my eyes out by the end. Just beautiful!

Rating:

STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around, and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, must seize his chance or risk losing his dream forever.

Genre: high fantasy | YA

Series: Strange the Dreamer #1

My thoughts: Wow—just wow. Lazlo is the type of character I can never get enough of, and Laini Taylor’s writing is absolutely stunning! I won’t soon forget this story!

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THE FEVER KING by Victoria Lee

Noam is the sole survivor of a viral magic outbreak. Now a technopath who has caught the attention of a minister, he secretly begins to plot the government’s downfall.

Genre: sci-fi| LGBT+ | YA

Series: Feverwake #1

My thoughts: With complex characters, political intrigue, and an exploration of sensitive issues such as xenophobia and abuse, this book kept me guessing until the end!

Rating:

ALL SOULS NEAR & NIGH by Hailey Turner

The treaties holding the preternatural world in check are fraying, and only combat mage Patrick and the werewolf he’s soulbound to can keep everything from falling apart.

Genre: paranormal | LGBT+

Series: Soulbound #2

My thoughts: I could just get lost in this amazing paranormal world Hailey Turner has created, and it’s only made better by the growing bond between Patrick and Jono!

Rating:

ALPHAS LIKE US by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Maximoff Hale has found love with his maverick, know-it-all bodyguard Farrow. But fame comes with a cost, and neither could ever have prepared for the storm to come…

Genre: contemporary | LGBT+

Series: Like Us #3

My thoughts: I am literally beaming and weeping tears of joy! Maximoff and Farrow have cemented their place as one of my all-time favourite couples.

Rating:

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of England? Chaos…and a secret romance that could derail an election campaign and upend two nations.

Genre: contemporary | LGBT+ | NA

Series: (stand alone)

My thoughts: I am in love with this book! The banter! The friendship! The politics! The ROMANCE! Alex and Henry were the best thing ever and I want more!!

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WORDS OF RADIANCE (Part 2) by Brandon Sanderson

Speak again the ancient oaths: life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination. The Knights Radiant must stand again!

Genre: epic fantasy

Series: The Stormlight Archive #2

My thoughts: I have no words. Seriously. This series has just absolutely blown me away, and this volume in particular. Epic fantasy at its best, folks. Go and check it out!

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What were your favourite reads of 2019? Did you read and enjoy (or not enjoy) any of the books on my list? Tell me everything!

  One thought on “My top ten reads of 2019

  1. 22/12/2019 at 12:05 AM

    My reads this year incldued The Faithful One by Michele Chynoweth, Counting to 17 by A. E. Peremel, and The Korpes File by J. I. Rogers, all of which were good.

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