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

RECURSION by Blake Crouch

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

BECOMING by Michelle Obama

THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW by Alice Hoffman

CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris

LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager

 

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What were some of your favorite reads of 2019?  Do we share any favorites?

36 replies
  1. Michele
    Michele says:

    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.

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  2. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says:

    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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  3. Dani
    Dani says:

    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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  4. Jade @ Reading with Jade
    Jade @ Reading with Jade says:

    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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    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      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.

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  5. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    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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  6. Olivia Roach
    Olivia Roach says:

    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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