• Bethany

My Top 10 Books of 2019

This year I actually (attempted) to take part in the Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge. 35/50 books isn't bad, especially when half the books you read are unpublished manuscripts thanks to my literary internship. Not to mention a wedding and honeymoon and a job. I'm actually pretty darn proud of myself!

I was lucky enough to read some e-ARCs this year, my first time reading and reviewing ARCs, and I found some that I really loved. Next year, I'll get to focus on all of my hard copy books waiting for me on my shelf. If I don't, I'm pretty sure my husband will put me on a book buying ban for the next 50 years.

In honor of all of the wonderful books I read this year, I have put a list together of my Top 10 Favorite Books That I Read This Year. Since that title is very long and wordy, we'll call it My Top 10 Books for 2019. In no particular order:

1. Spin the Dawn

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim was one of the e-ARCs I was lucky enough to receive and I am so glad I was able to read and love it before it came out! I mean, first of all the cover is beautiful. Secondly, the book is amazing. Pitched as Mulan meets Project Runway, how could it not be one of the best books for the year?!

2. The Devouring Gray

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman was my first e-ARC and it's what made me decide to keep reading them. It was such a good book, I read it way too quickly and instantly missed the story and its characters. Some may say that I devoured it. I literally cannot wait for book two!

3. House of Salt and Sorrows

House of Salt and Sorrows, HoSaS if you will, by Erin A. Craig is yet another fairytale retelling to add to my list of favorites. I never read the tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, but wow did this dark and eery retelling make me want to read the original to compare the two! I loved the creepy setting and the group of sisters, not to mention the love story interspersed. I'll just be over here loving Cassius forever, don't mind me.

4. Crown of Coral and Pearl

Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford was a stunning debut that I fell so in love with. I loved the bond between the two sisters, and the push and pull I felt between the two princes. I can't wait to see what happens next in their story with book 2! Also, I love Talin. That is all.

5. Finale

The Caraval series by Stephanie Garber was over way too quickly. I loved the bond between the two sisters and the love they opened up to. Don't ask me if I love Julian or Dante/Legend more. I cannot answer that question! The culmination of this trilogy was amazing and I couldn't stop reading. The introduction of Fates left me wanting more, and I can't help but hope maybe I'll get more of the devilishly devious Jack.

6. Enchantée

Enchantée by Gita Trelease was the French Revolution magical story I never knew that I most definitely needed. The magic system was something I've never seen before, and I loved it. Not to mention Lazare, the man of my 18th century heart. It was such a fun read, and I enjoyed seeing historical characters I knew in places I've read about. I'm eagerly waiting for book two following the characters through the French Revolution!

7. The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen is yet another perfect story from one of my favorite authors. I always look forward to her book releases, the perfect story for every summer. They always ring so true to real life, and I always feel connected to the characters, their emotions, everything. This one was no different. Another perfect summer read!

8. Sky in the Deep

I was a little late to the game for Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young, but I'm glad I finally made it to the party. The story, the characters--everything was so wonderful! I loved every second of this book and I definitely read it too fast. I love being so invested in a book I can't put it down, but then I'm so sad when I have to say goodbye. I wish there was a book two, but the story was truly a great standalone and closed their chapter well.

9. Tower of Dawn

In 2019, we said goodbye to the epic Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Once again, I was a little late to the Tower of Dawn and Kingdom of Ash party, but I got there. Finished it. Cried. Went into shock. You know, the usual end-of-a-series stuff. Surprisingly, I loved Tower of Dawn and the adventures of Chaol and (a blast from a prequel past) Yrene. I loved Chaol, he was probably my favorite character from the series and I loved that he got his own story. But, now I want more! I can't say goodbye. I can't!

10. The Guinevere Deception

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White took a new look at a classic tale. I love King Arthur and all of the many books and movies about him. But, I really enjoyed this take, especially as it came from the point of view of a magical Guinevere. I'm excited for the next book because I need more Guinevere, Arthur, and Mordred. Yes, Mordred.

Honorable Mentions

Honestly, I had to cut myself off at 10, because if I hadn't this post would have been the Top 35 of 2019 and that is quite excessive. So, here are two more that I really loved and had to add as honorable mentions.

*Blood Heir

Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao, despite receiving a lot of backlash before its initial release, was one of the best reads of the year. It was a loose retelling of another favorite of mine: Anastasia. Only, with a cool magic system that I can't wait for more of in the next book! There were a lot of tough parts, and sad things, but those are the best kinds of books, the ones that make you feel.

*Scavenge the Stars

Although I just finished this book and haven't even finished my review on it yet, I have to put it on this list! This debut from Tara Sim was so great, with enough twists and turns, and love, that I am already excited that there's another one! That's the downside to ARCs though, I love this book and it's not even out yet!