Top Ten Reads of 2019

Top Ten Reads of 2019

I wanted to do this list for a long time and honestly this was a fight to the death for me to decide which book got number one. I will explain the best I can for each book. Let’s go!


10.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

This is probably recency bias, as it was the last book I read this year. However I loved it. The last third had me screaming as I raced through it. It was an epic read and an epic way to end the year.


9.

Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastien De Castel

If I could pick the whole series, I would. However this book defines the series. It shows the cumulation of all the themes. It creates tears, joy, and a unfathomable need to be valorous. This book made the series for me.


8.

Heartless by Melissa Meyer

I loved this retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I had to decide between this and Tyrant’s Throne, and this beat it out because it is a stand alone. If I compared this to The Greatcoats series, it would lose every time. This retelling stole my heart and made me cry for the transformation of the Queen of Hearts.


7.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Fact, I fully believed this was a retelling of another book. Also fact, it is not. This book was amazing. Obviously, but the humor in it really got me. Fully got me. I loved every moment of it.


6.

The Wicked King by Holly Black

This is where we get into battle territory, as I had to decide which books were my absolute favorite reads of the year. I chose the second book of this series, because I saw the first and third coming, in a way, but the second took me on a joy ride. It’s my favorite of the series, and 100% why I adore this series so much.


5.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

I went from confusion to adoration for this novel, all too quickly. I loved every moment of this book. The twists were great. The plot and setting were phenomenal. Everything about this book was amazing, but what separates this from the top four are themes, and their importance to me.


4.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I had to decide where to put this book, as it is the only book that made me sob this year. I loved every moment that this book gave me, in solidarity, and in understanding. This book hit me hard and did not let go. It started my year off, and stays with me through it all, but it was not my favorite read.


3.

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

When I first reread Wicked, I was fully prepared to hate it. Instead I fell into it, and fell into the themes and was spun in the magic. This book had me analyzing the themes of a book in full, for the first time in such a long time. This book has so many quotable lines and everything I could ever hope for in a book.


2.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Why two instead of one? That was a debate I still have. This book reinvigorated my love for reading, single handedly. I love this stand alone so frickin much that I have recommended it to nearly everyone I know has mildly enjoyed fantasy.


1.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

When you give me a new character to love. You win. When you give me themes that strike home. You win. When you give me a new life motto to live by and a resonance in my mind that sticks with me every night. You win, everything. This book was hands down the best book I read this year. Not because it was the best written, or the most important, or the best themed, but because this book fundamentally changed my life.

And that’s what’s important.


I had a LOT of fantasy novels on this list. I didn’t do this list last year, and I kind of wish I did, so I could see the comparison.

What books were your favorite for the year?

MM


Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn Vibes

You know what today is? Tuesday! You know what that means? Top Ten Tuesday! (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 of 2018.) 

November 5: Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes (Autumn scenes/colors on the cover, autumn atmosphere, etc.)

I kind of skipped the last few weeks for a few reasons. First off Extraordinary Book Titles (15th): I just didn’t have enough titles that I thought were amazing. Book Titles I would Change (22), I don’t ever think about changing titles. Freebie week I was left without a thought of how I would progress forward, so I just did not. So here we are with autumn vibes, and I suppose Autumn vibes are the only vibes we are going to get and that’s okay. We can go with that.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Character Traits I Love

Welcome back. I didn’t say this last week but… It’s October! Its my favorite month of the year. We are into our second year of the site! Can you believe that? This is amazing, or insane, sort of depends on your perspective of it all, I suppose. But you aren’t here to hear me ramble. Here is today’s Top Ten Tuesday! (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 of 2018.) 

Topic: ‘October 8: Character Traits I Love (submitted by Hannah @ Books Life and Other Oddities)’

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles with Numbers

Hello, hello. Today I am flying across country and so this post comes to you automated. As always, if you leave a comment, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Today is another Top Ten Tuesday! (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 of 2018.) 

Topic: ‘October 1: Book Titles with Numbers In Them (You could really challenge yourself and do numbers 1-10 or just any numbers at all. Submitted by Emma @ Words and Peace)’

Not going to lie. This is going to be fun. STIPULATIONS: I must own the book. Lets see if I can do this.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR

You know what today is? Tuesday! You know what that means? Top Ten Tuesday! (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 of 2018.) 

Topic: ‘September 24: Books On My Fall 2019 TBR’

I actually had next week’s post all line up to go and completed when I realized it was for the next week. I suppose I got over excited for next week’s theme. This week is a bit harder but I think I can do it. I know that Fall is typically for the spooky stuff, but IDK if I’m going to read many spooky things. I have a lot of other plans, really.

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Top Ten: Things to Eat and Drink While Reading

Hello and welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday! (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 of 2018.)  

Topic: ‘September 17: Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading (submitted by Jana’s mom)’

OTL Why have the recent weeks for these been so difficult? I don’t eat while reading! GG me I guess.

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Top Ten: Books on my TBR

Here is another Top Ten Tuesday! ( 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 of 2018.)  

Topic: ‘September 10:
 Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why (maybe you’re scared of it, worried it won’t live up to the hype, etc.) (submitted by Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea) ‘

Finally, I got the time to finish this post after rushing to finish my tea posts. It was so much tea, let me tell you! Regardless, here is my list.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Outside My Comfort Zone

Coming back with another Top Ten Tuesday! ( 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 of 2018.)

This week is:  “September 3: Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone (i.e., a genre you don’t typically read or subject matter you’re not usually drawn to)”

Enjoyed is past tense which means these have to be books I read? Oh. This will be hard indeed. Or… maybe. Am I drawn to classics? If the answer is yes, then I might be screwed. I already can’t pick poetry, plays, fantasy, or sci-fi. However, it’s not like I go out of my way to read classics all the time. It should count! We’ll see what I can come up with.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Own

” 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 of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. ” I found this challenge/activity through the blog Kitty Marie (https://kittymariebookreviews.home.blog/) and I thought it would be a fun thing to try. Since I am so often without without a clue as to what to post over the course of the week. Without further ado…

“August 27: Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library (perhaps you checked it out, borrowed it from a friend, received it for review, etc. and want to own it yourself.) (Submitted by Annemieke @ A Dance with Books)  “

You may be surprised, but I can answer this question. Surprisingly… Without any particular order (well except for 1)

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