Top Ten Tuesday – Best Books I Read in 2019
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is Best Books I Read in 2019. I had a great reading year so it was tough to narrow down to a list of favorites. I’m actually sharing my Top 13 today because I couldn’t narrow to just 10 favorites. In looking at my year, the one thing that really struck me was that only one fantasy novel made my Best Of list, while several romances did make the cut. That is a huge change for me and very symbolic of the slump I was in this year when it came to fantasy. I’m thrilled that I had so many great romance reads since that’s usually an area where I struggle, but I really hope I have better luck with fantasy in 2020.
Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s to a great reading year for us all in 2020!
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Best Books I Read in 2019
(in no particular order)
THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid
DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid
WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY by Brigid Kemmerer
THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB by Lyssa Kay Adams
THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman
THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center
THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW by Alice Hoffman
CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris
LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager
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We definitely have a lot in common here! So many good reads in 2019. I listened to Becoming as an audiobook – I thought I would enjoy it, but it surprised me how much I really loved Michelle Obama’s story. Hearing her talk about her challenges as a working mother was really inspiring and relatable.
Becoming really was an incredible read. I did the audiobook as well and have been recommending it to everyone I know.
Suzanne, all but one of these books are on my shelf! I’ve read four of them and started another. And, I’m so grateful to you about The Bromance Club. I bumped that up because of you and loved that book.
Happy New Year 🎊
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I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed Bromance. I can’t wait to read the second book in the series. Happy New Year, Jonetta!
I’ve read 4 of the books on your best of list and )with the exception of one) they were big hits for me, too: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Daisy Jones and The Six, and Red White & Royal Blue. I really loved these! Happy New Year, Suzanne!
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TJR really made my 2019. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Wonderful list! We have Recursion in common, and you have several books I desperately want to read but still haven’t had time (Daisy Jones and Where the Crawdads Sing) Let’s hope 2020 is just as good a year for books as 2019😁
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I really hope you enjoy Daisy Jones and Where the Crawdads Sing. And yes, I’m hoping the same for 2020. 🙂 Happy New Year!
What an awesome list! We share a few of the same ones, too! I’ve read most of these and the ones I haven’t are on my TBR.
I hope you’ll enjoy all of the ones you haven’t read yet!
I’m looking forward to reading Alice Hoffman’s latest book, I love her. I enjoyed Daisy Jones and the Six and loved Becoming – but haven’t read any of your other recommendations. Happy New Year!
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Happy New Year!
Becoming was on my list, too!
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Such an incredible read!
I had The Bromance Book Club but had to return it to the library before I finished it! I just read The Tattooist of Auschwitz this year and am excited to read Cilka’s Journey next year, along with The Bookish Life of Nina Hill!
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I hope you love both of these when you get to read them. I still need to go back and read The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
I was just getting all misty talking about Things You Save in a Fire on someone else’s post. Absolutely, phenomenal book. I adored Nina Hill too. It’s my favorite from Waxman. Bromance is definitely really high on my list too.
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Things You Save in a Fire really surprised me in the best possible way when I read it. It far exceeded my expectations, which is always nice.
A great list of favourites, thanks for sharing it!
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Looking back over the year as whole, and wrapping things up, definitely gives you a perspective on your reading habits and how they evolve over time, with ebbs & flows of specific genres and such – I read way more historical fiction this year than I ever have, so that was interesting.
I have Where The Crawdads Sing and Becoming on my TBR and intend to get to them this year, so lovely to see them as a best of yours. Agree with you regarding The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo also.
Happy reading in 2020 – I hope you are treated to some wonderful reads!
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I hope you’ll love both Becoming and Where the Crawdads Sing. If you do audiobooks, the one for Becoming is so good. I loved hearing Michelle Obama bring her story to life.
Such a great list, Suzanne! I have not read any of these, however, several are on my wish list or TBR pile. I have a lot to look forward to! I had really hoped to get to Becoming this past year, but it wasn’t meant to be, I guess. Definitely this year! Have a Happy New Year!
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Happy New Year to you too! And I hope you can fit Becoming in during 2020. It’s an incredible book. I highly recommend the audio.
Amazing list!! LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager would definitely be on my top list as well! 🙂
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Such a great book. I can’t wait to see what he comes out with next.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely was one of my faves, too!
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It’s such a great read. I can’t wait to see where Kemmerer takes the story in the next book.
Where the Crawdads Sing, ACSDAL and Becoming are just fantastic reads!
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Glad you loved them too!
I started Where The Crawdads Sing last night. I love it so far!
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Glad to hear it. I was worried it wouldn’t live up to the hype but it totally did for me.
A Curse so Dark and Lonely, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Becoming are ones we have in common on my list 😉 I also really am looking forward to getting to The Bromance Book Club and also Daisy Jones and the Six as soon as I possibly can! I am going to try my first Riley Sager book this year too, and I am so excited.
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I hope you enjoy Riley Sager. Lock Every Door is my favorite of his so far.
So many of these are on my tbr! And Things You Save in the Fire was one of my favorite reads of the year too. 🙂
That was such a great book. I’m hoping to read more of her books this year.