The community decided on the best books of 2019, but now it’s my turn! I read a total of 91 books in 2019, which is honestly amazing considering how much of the year I spent whining about being in a book slump. You can read more stats about my year in reading in the 2019 Adventure Log.
Top Five 2019 Releases
I was blessed to read so many amazing books in 2019, but when I set down to come up with a list these were the books that my mind and heart instantly gravitated towards.
🩰 House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig is a beautiful and magical read. I was swept away by this captivating retelling of Twelve Dancing Princesses and it’s Gothic vibes. | 📖 Read my full review
⚡ The Fever King (Feverwake #1) by Victoria Lee is what comes to mind whenever I think about my favorite book of 2019. It is so unique, so tightly and beautifully written that I think about the book all the time. I actually own two copies of this one (digital and physical) and can’t wait for the next book! | 📖 Read my full review
🌩 The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow #1) by Kalyn Josephson made me feel seen with it’s depression representation. And the story? It’s beautiful, unique, and richly built. It features good sibling relationships, intricate world-building, female friendships, too. | 📖 Read my full review
⚜️ The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh was my white whale of 2019. My expectations were astronomical when I finally got to read it, and I was swept away! The city of New Orleans is almost a character itself with the attention to atmosphere that was placed. I loved the characters and the romance? Yes. | 📖 Read my full review
🏹 House of Rage and Sorrow (Celestial Trilogy #2) by Sangu Mandanna is a stellar follow-up to the amazing A Spark of White Fire. I didn’t think my heart could be broken any more after the first book, but this one packs a punch and made me feel so many things. Also, Titania is the best.
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Honorable mentions: The Merciful Crow, Rules for Vanishing, Gravemaidens
My Monthly Favorites
Thanks to my book blogging / reading spreadsheet, I kept track of my monthly favorites so I could list all of the monthly faves and provide links to the full reviews!
JANUARY: Sadie by Courtney Summers was the first book that I read in 2019 and wow, what a way to start. This book is beautiful, powerful, and so sad. This book is definitely worth all of the hype it received and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
FEBRUARY: The Fever King (Feverwake #1) by Victoria Lee ⚡
MARCH: Descendant of the Crane by Joan He is such a beautiful fantasy debut that is fast-paced, action-packed, with characters that I still adore several months later. There were so many twists, I didn’t know who to trust because the narrative builds such tension, unease, and high stakes.
APRIL: Storm of Locusts (Sixth World #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse brings witty banter and found family feels to this urban fantasy series. I love the way the world is expanded in this book, a rare instance of the sequel being better than the first one!
MAY: Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan was an incredible mystery/thriller read! I’m hardly ever surprised and usually have the killer pegged early on, but this one kept me guessing until the very end!
JUNE: The Phantom Forest by Liz Kerin is instantly gripping with poetic prose that flows easily off the page and sets a truly haunting mood for the reader. I was hopelessly entranced and am hungry for more of this story!
& Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack is such a cool story with a fantastic magic system and world. I love the characters, I love the story, I love the romance. It was such a great reading experience for me.
JULY: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson 🌩
AUGUST: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig 🩰
SEPTEMBER: A House of Rage and Sorrow (Celestial Trilogy #2) by Sangu Mandanna 🏹
& Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall is another top read of mine for 2019, barely missed the top list. Told in a faux-documentary style of Blair Witch Fame with mixed media format, it’s spooky and landed the author on my autobuy list for life.
OCTOBER: Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens #1) by Kelly Coon is a beautiful story about love and sacrifice. I laughed, I cried. Sometimes at the same time. This was the best book to buddy read because it features such an iconic ride or die friendship, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this with Haley & Ruby.
& The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh ⚜️
NOVEMBER: Crier’s War by Nina Varela was such a surprise. I haven’t gotten around to reviewing this one yet, but I loved it and it kind of put me into a book hangover.
& The Deep by Rivers Solomon is a powerful story about reclaiming traumatic past in order to move forward. It’s a story of memory and history, the individual versus the group, of identity, of pain and of hope. This is such a beautifully crafted and powerful story
DECEMBER: My Lady Jane (Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows is hilarious. Sometimes what you need to banish a book hangover (caused by Crier’s War) is historical fantasy where Lady Jane Grey is married to a man who spends his days as a horse.
& Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day is full of character, quirky, and also helpful. I feel like some books just kind of find me when I need them, and this is one of them. Also, I love Felicia Day.
Well there you have it, my favorite reads of 2019!
What were some of your favorite reads of the year? Do you agree with my list? What did I miss out on in 2019? Let me know in the comments below!