Monday, December 30, 2019

Best of the Best: Top Books for 2019

According to Goodreads I have read a total of 125 books this year, smashing my goal of 110 for 2019. Impressive, considering around June I was so far behind and absolutely certain I wasn't going to hit the goal or anywhere near it.

I wanted to share with you some of my 5 star reviews from this year because these were all really good that I think you will scoop these up and enjoy them. Some of my 5 star books aren't listed here either because they were a non-fiction, a children's book, or maybe it was a 5 star book after I read it but now that its months later and I'm not thinking about it anymore. All of these here are ones I recommend, have purchased for others, still think about, or have read a second (or third) time since. That's how good they are. (If you want more information on any of these, click on the image of the book and it will take you to Amazon.) (This post contains affiliate links. 💜)
Envy: An Eagle Elite Novella
Who knew I'd like a mob crime family novella with some pretty serious violence in it? Apparently I do! Enough so that I've considered buying the others in this series from the author but I'm not sure if I can handle a full length book with that much violence. But..... I kind of want to read more about these guys so.... 

Our Totally Ridiculous, Made Up Christmas Relationship
You're going to see  lot from this author on here and I can't help it, they were all really good! I loved the cheese but the sweetness of this guy and the quirk of this girl. 

You guys. I loved this one. A lot. 

Loving Mr. Daniels
I told you, I was addicted to this author all year. The fragility of this heroine and their relationship really made this book for me. 

The Fire Between High & Lo
OK, this book made me an emotional wreck and I had to take a breather maybe half way through and I wasn't sure if this was going to have the ending I wanted. 

In An Instant
Now technically, this book doesn't come out for awhile but you need to pre-order it because it is THAT GOOD. As a mother it gutted me to know I would have no idea what I would do in this situation and thank god I haven't had to do it. 

Fix Her Up
OK, another author I fell in love with this year! This was fun and maybe laugh out loud a few times and convinced me to buy more from her immediately after I finished it. 

The Air He Breathes
The first one I ever read from this author and dammit if it didn't get me. 

The Echo Park Castaways
I was on a YA kick this year and this one, while short and sweet, really stuck with me. 

The Unhoneymooners
Alright, I had forgotten how much I loved these authors and this one reminded me and I laughed so many times during this one! 

Dear Bridget, I Want You
The premise of this was solid, and I hadn't read anything by these authors and I loved it! 

You, Me, and the Sea
A retelling (kind of) of Wuthering Heights that was amazing. I was mesmerized by this book and I've read it three times now. 

The House of Salt & Sorrows
I know some people thought it was weird, but it was GREAT. Its a play on Twelve Dancing Princesses and this author did it justice!! I couldn't put it down and obviously this will win Cover of the Year for me because I loved it so much! 

Cowboy Christmas Redemption
This one is squeaking in barely because I just finished it but I had been waiting for this story for a long time and it was as good as I had hoped it would be!

Getaway Girl
I loved this. It was fun and I really enjoyed these characters. 

If Only I Could Tell You
I wasn't sure if I was even going to finish this book because I really didn't like either sister, I thought they were just the worst, I didn't understand "the drama" between them and then.... it all started slowly unraveling and I could NOT put it down. I finished this one while parked on the street at Olivia's dance class, completely sobbing tears of total sadness but complete happiness at the same time. SO GOOD. 

No Judgements
A review book that was SO good with the best cast of characters that I am crossing my fingers so hard hoping I can be on the tour for the next book. I can't wait to read it! 

The Speed of Falling Objects
If I had to tell you what book really got to me, I'd tell you it was this one. Something about a teenage girl feeling disconnected from both parents, desperately wanting approval and to know she is loved, really did me in. Not to mention the crazy adventure, this one was a ride from start to finish. It's a YA book and I guarantee you will get something different from it than your teenager will and it's interesting to compare notes. Olivia read this one too and would text me from school things like, "MOM!!!! You should have told me *insert name* dies! I can't handle this!" and she'd run home from the bus to tell me which part she was at. Really fantastic book. 

If you read a FANTASTIC book this year, tell me what it was and I will check it out! Have you read any off this list?? 


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Yay for a great reading year. I haven't read any of these, but I DO own a book by Christina Lauren and need to read that ASAP in 2020 - and more from them, because a lot of their books sound awesome.


Jen Mc said...

More books to add to my to read list!
I’m almost done with The Unhoneymooners and am loving it!