My Absolute Favorite Ten Books of 2019!

Posted December 31, 2019 by Amber in Memes / 22 Comments

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New Years Eve is a day where many people take time to reflect on the year that has passed and all the things have done, the people we’ve spent time with, the places we’ve been… and in the case of book bloggers, the books we’ve read.

Of course, this year is a big one, because not only is today the end of a year, but it’s an end of a decade.  I’m going to keep it simple and just keep it to 2019, but this has been a crazy decade!  Over the course of the last ten years, I’ve graduated college, gotten married, bought a house… like I said, a big decade!

This year, I’ve read a lot of really good books… and it’s so difficult to pare it down to just ten.  I’m choosing to go with my favorites, the ones I enjoyed the most.  They may not all be works of art, but I enjoyed these books to pieces.

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I decided that I wanted to keep this list just to books that I read for the first time this year – Tess of the RoadAnne of Green Gables, and The Hunger Games are all constant favorites and I wanted to highlight different books for this annual wrap up.  While I know a few of these are heavy hyped in the YA community… for me?  These were super good.  There’s also a few books that that flew under the radar, like Marilla of Green Gables and Starworld.  Both of these are so good and I highly recommend them!

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was “Favorite Books of 2019” – and for once, I didn’t alter the prompt at all because it’s an absolutely perfect prompt for this time of year.  If I had to pick just one book to top all others from within this collection, I still think I’d give it to The Starless Sea… because even though it’s pretty over-hyped, it was right up my alley and I thoroughly loved it.

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What was your favorite book this year?  It’s always difficult to me to choose just one book at the end of the year.  I’d love to hear about yours – let me know in the comments!

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22 responses to “My Absolute Favorite Ten Books of 2019!

  1. It’s so nice to see Strange the Dreamer and Illuminae on this list! Those books are two of my all-time favourites! 😊 Spin the Dawn is still on my TBR-list. Since it is on so many favourites of the year-lists, I really hope to read it soon!

    • Amber

      I honestly did not expect to like either Illuminae or Strange the Dreamer as much as I did – but both were very good for different reasons. Also – the audiobook versions are completely fantastic and the narrators did such a good job – I recommend that for a reread if you’re into that kind of thing! 🙂

  2. I have wanted to read ‘Marilla’ but now I don’t know if I want to view another perspective of Marilla since the Anne of Gables books are just too much of a favorite of my mine. ‘The Starless Sea’ sounds interesting and so many people gushed about it but I still haven’t decide if I want to read that.

    It’s been a slow reading year for me so there aren’t any particular books I have read that I thought of as favorites but I had just finished ‘West’ by Edith Pattou which was quite unexpected since I never thought there would be a sequel to ‘East’ aka ‘North Child’ but ‘West’ was really good.

    Have a great new year.

    • Amber

      It’s so exciting when unexpected sequels pop up – I’m so glad you enjoyed ‘West’!

      I will say that I was very prepared to tear apart Marilla. I adore Anne and was convinced that Marilla was going to be an overly romantic prequel that read, at best, like fan fiction. In my experience, that was not the case at all. Sarah was very respectful of the original story (it meant a lot to me that she wrote with the blessing of the L.M. Montgomery estate) and all paths led to the Marilla was know and love by the end of the book. 🙂 I do hope you decide to try it, but if you don’t, I can respect that choice as well.

    • Amber

      Gent’s Guide was delightful, wasn’t it?! I’m looking forward to reading the novella and the rest of the trilogy!

    • Amber

      I absolutely LOVED Strange the Dreamer, but it’s not for everyone because it’s slow-paced. THAT SAID if you enjoy slow-paced, beautifully written fantasy novels, it’s wonderful!

    • Amber

      Spin the Dawn wasn’t the book I was expecting when I picked it up – I thought it was going to be a lot more about the royal competition – but it was such a pleasant surprise! I really do hope you love it!