2019 wasn’t a great year for me, reading-wise. Not only did
I not read many books, I also didn’t read very many books that I adored—except
for rereads, of course.
For this list, though, I wanted to only talk about the books
that I read for the first time in 2019—otherwise, this whole post would just be
me talking about rereads. That made the list a lot harder to make, but after a lot
of time staring at my Goodreads page and trying to make a decision, I finally
came up with this.
So here it is: my top 5 favorite books from 2019, in order
from least favorite (but still great, of course) to most favorite.
5. The Crown’s Game by
This is a book that I read way back in the beginning of the
year. At the time, I’d only read four books, three of which had been 3 stars. I
was on the verge of a reading slump and I desperately wanted something that I
would love. So, on a whim, I bought this book as an ebook, and I absolutely
tore through it. Then I got the sequel (it’s a duology), and I tore through
It’s a historical fantasy duology set in Russia, where two
enchanters are competing to become the tsar’s Imperial Enchanter. It had
beautiful atmospheric writing that really brings the magic to life. We get to
see the two enchanters use their powers in really creative ways in an attempt
to outdo each other. It’s pretty romance-heavy, though, which usually isn’t my
jam, but in this book, I was so fascinated by the characters and their dynamic
that I didn’t mind it—and actually, I loved it.
I will say that I didn’t love the second book as much as
this first one, but it was still good and I’d definitely recommend the duology
4. I’ll Give You the
Sun by Jandy Nelson
If I were doing bookish superlatives, this would probably be
the book I picked for “most surprising,” because I honestly wasn’t expecting to
love this book as much as I did. It took me a little while to get into the
writing style because it’s a little more abstract than I’m used to, but once I
got into it, I really got into it. It was completely a contemporary, real-world
story, but the way it was written made it feel a little otherworldly, like
magical realism or surrealism. Not only that, but the story of these two twins
trying to find themselves and each other was just… beautiful. I loved the way
it focused on family.
3. Harry Potter and
the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
I’m currently reading Harry Potter for the first time ever,
and so far, this is my favorite one. I’d watched all the movies before, so I’m
familiar with the story, which was maybe why, for me, the first three books in
the series were good, but not great. This is the first one I gave a full five
stars to. It was engaging and interesting, even though I already knew some of
what happened thanks to the movies. I’m excited to see where the rest of the
2. Truthwitch by
It’s not often I say this, but I have to give Twitter the
credit for pushing me to read this book. Specifically, I have to thank the
Luminaries Twitter thread the author, Susan Dennard, started back in June. It
was a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure thread that I, and a lot of other people got
super into, and thanks to it, I decided I wanted to read more of her writing,
in a more book-like format.
I’d heard of Truthwitch
before, of course, and I’d been kind of interested in it, but it wasn’t
until the Luminaries that I discovered I wanted to read it. And now I’m so glad
I did. I loved Truthwitch, and I
loved its sequel, Windwitch. I
haven’t yet read the other two books, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to get to
them soon, because I’m sure I will love them too.
1. Aurora Rising by
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This book is by the same author duo that wrote the Illuminae
Files, which is one of my favorite trilogies, so I went into this book pretty
much knowing that I would love it—and I was not disappointed. This book made me
emotional in ways none of the other books I read this year could match. It
explores friendship and found family and has a pretty great team of misfits.
The second book in the series is supposed to come out in
May, and I can’t wait to read it. This book was fantastic and opened up so many
questions that I need to know where it goes next.
Those are my top 5 books from last year! Are any of them the
same as yours? Let me know what your faves were down in the comments, and we
Thanks for reading, everyone!