Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/ meme hosted That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week we are talking about our top ten books of 2019, a very fitting topic seeing as it is currently New Year’s Eve, and so the very last day of this year. Although I didn’t read as many book as I usually do this year, I think I ended up having a better reading year than others as I fell in love with so many of the books that I did read this year. As a consequence of that, it was hard to whittle down my favourite books of 2019 as there were so many that I feel like could have been included on this list but ultimately weren’t just because I enjoyed another book that little bit more.
So here are my top ten favourite books of 2019!
Is anyone really surprised that this book is on this list? Maggie Stiefvater managed to somehow blow my expectations out of the water with this new story centering on the Lynch brothers and other dreamers and all things whimsical. I adored everything about this book from the mystery of Bryde to our new characters including Jordan Hennessey, and the exploration of dreamers and the dreams they create. The sequel can not come fast enough!
I need Deck of Omens in my hands right this second as this book just left me with so many emotions and questions that I need addressing. This book created such a perfectly creepy small town atmosphere with secrets hiding around every corner and the ambiguous nature of the grey along with the gorgeously written characters firmly placing this book on this list.
Adult sci-fi really had a moment for me this year with this gorgeously slow-paced story of roaming through space kicking things off. The world-building in this book was so detailed and exquisitely done that this universe seemed so real, with our characters all so well rounded and explored that I can not wait to see where their stories go next.
Another adult sci-fi here that I read insanely quickly because I just could not tear myself away from this fast-paced and twist filled story of ancient artifacts and aliens. This book had plot twists flying at my left and right until I truly had no idea what could possibly be coming next, and I can not wait to see what else this story has to offer in the sequel.
I picked up this adult romance on a complete whim this summer, and I am so glad that I did as it gave me one of my favourite hate-to-love romances between Alex and Henry. This story was just the cutest as we got to see their relationship build and build until they became such a spectacular couple despite everything that was thrown against them, and honestly I loved every second of it.
This book just tore my heart right out with this beautiful story of friendship and growing up that had me caring so deeply for each of our main characters. Each of their individuals stories were so compelling and interesting to discover whilst the relationship between them was something so beautifully woven and tender.
This book was everything I wanted it to be and more, as I got to return to Amanda Foody’s gorgeous writing in a brand new and rich setting of sin and street gangs that I never wanted to leave. Enne and Levi were both such intriguing protagonists who I just loved following throughout this story betrayal and mysteries.
2019 was the year that I finally started this series by V. E. Schwab, and after reading it I am certain that 2020 will be the year I return to it as I just had the best time whilst reading it. Lila and Kell were just such well-written protagonists who I rooted for but cause also see that they were perfect, and the magic system was one I adored founding out more about as it was just so unique.
Dark academia became my new obsession after I discovered this tale of seven young actors as their on-stage slowly begin to leak into their own personalities with some deadly consequences. This book was the perfect mystery, with the characters all equally as interesting and complex and the reveals coming right up until the very last line.
I finally dived into the first installment of this gorgeous fantasy story this year, and I am so insanely glad that I did, and that I listened to it on audiobook, as I don’t know how these books just keep getting better and better. The stakes just seemed to get even higher in this installment, with all of the characters growing so much and the action making me so much more excited for the conclusion.
What are some of your favourite books of 2019? Have you read any of these – what did you think?