Hi everyone! Since the year is almost over, I want to talk about some of my favorite and highly rated books I read this year! I don’t know about y’all but the year of 2019 was super busy for me. I got pet chickens, started nursing school, and maintained my blog and bookstagram (for the most part). I was able to read 64 books (although we still have the rest of today, so I might be able to finish one more)! For the most part I really enjoyed everything I read (there were a few disappointing books but the number was small). Even when I was taking my general classes earlier this year, I didn’t have a whole lot of free time, so I’m very happy with my number!
Since I enjoyed so many books, I’m going to try not to drag on and on.
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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
ACSDAL was the first book I rated with 5 stars on Goodreads this year. From the very beginning I loved it because let’s face it Harper is a BA despite her having cerebral palsy, she is easily fiercer and more determined than most. It broke my heart in the beginning when Rhen was at the point of giving up and when he causally takes about all of the ways that he’s died before only to come back to his own special hell. As the story progresses, some of Harper’s spark of life reignited Rhen’s will to live, and she finds some of the self-acceptance she didn’t know she was lacking.
I’ve tried so many times to write a review for this book, but I just couldn’t seem to get anything on the computer. TBH, what I wrote above is the farthest I’ve gotten in all of my attempts. One of the FB book club groups I’m in is reading this in January, so hopefully I’ll be able to reread it and give it the review it deserves!
Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins
I love Wendy and her books. After I read one book by her (Sweet Evil) years ago, she instantly became an auto buy author for me. When I found out that she was writing a NA mythology book last a couple of years ago, I knew I needed it in my life. When I was finally able to get a copy, I think I did nothing other than read for a day and a half straight because Soul in Darkness is that captivating. Honestly, I didn’t know a lot about Cupid and Psyche (fine I didn’t even know they were a thing) going into the book, but y’all this book reignited my love for mythology. I’m not going to say much else about the story because if you’re like me and don’t know of the original myth, then it gives things away.
Hitched: The Bachelorette by G.K. DeRosa
This is The Selection meets the Bachelorette with supernatural. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds. Kimmie (aka a human) lands her breakout role on a new reality dating show, but what she doesn’t expect is the secrets that comes with all of the guys… much less developing feelings for some of them. This is another story with a lot of twists and turns, so don’t get to attached to any one guy because well do you truly know anyone when there’s a something to win at the end of the game?
A Half Made Whole by K. Leah
This is literally one of the absolute sweetest books I’ve ever read. I guess it’ll be categorized as NA since the characters are in their mid to late 20s but it’s a clean book *gasp* I know. I love how both Leighton and Brexen grow as people and are able to live their lives despite the horrible things that they’ve faced as adults. Plus, I love seeing that Leighton buts her child’s safety above her dating life because I feel like so many people assume that single parents don’t give two thoughts about the child while they date and bring people home.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
A world where books have emotions and personalities. Do I need to keep going? I’ll be honest, I have three copies of this book. Did I buy them? Well, kind of they were included in a bunch of book boxes, and honestly, if I had know how much I would love this book, I probably would have bought a couple of other boxes. But what’s in the past is in the past. Magic and sorcery are word that grab my attention, I’m not sure why since I haven’t read HP, but when I first read the synopsis with the talk of books and magic, it was a ‘I got to have it’. I’m not sure who I love the most from this book because Elisabeth the library guard in training, Silas the demon who can transform into a cat, or Nathaniel the secluded sorcery.
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Spin the Dawn is another book I was eagerly awaiting to read. From the Mulan meeting Project Runway tagline, my Asian self just had to read it! This story was filled with adventure, snark, and dashingly, annoyingly caring love interest known as Edan. Then there’s Maia who’s willing to save the honor of her family’s name by going as her brother to enter the competition as the royal’s tailor.
As She Fades by Abbi Glines
I can’t even begin to tell y’all all of the emotions this book put me through. I feel like this is one of those stories where it’s better if you go into the book without knowing a lot about the stuff that goes on in the story because I feel like it could be interpreted different ways. THERE WERE SO MANY FEELS IN THIS BOOK. That’s all I’m going to say (plus a large part of the story takes place at college)!
The Bookworm Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
This book made my bookworm heart so warm and fuzzy because Amy is the definition of the quite bookworm with her job at her best friend’s mom’s book store, co-blogging, and running a bookstagram where she is entering a competition to meet one of her favorite romance authors… with the help of her crush. Let me tell you, Amy and Toff gives you all of the feels that you want in a ya contemporary.
You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn
After reading this story, I no joke had a new love for country boys. Yes, I live in the south and everything, but Clay take it to a whole new level and set the expectations high. This is a raw story about two young country singers trying to make it in the world of country music. Annie is the American sweetheart trying to bring back the old sounds of this genre by staying true to her roots while Clay is all modern country from his lyrics to clothing. So naturally everyone wants the old to meet new. Both Clay and Annie have to work through buried emotions in order to survive the ups and downs of the world as a musician.
Feather by Olivia Wildenstein
Feather is one of the last books that I read this year, and it’s so good. It’s a modern day Romeo and Juliette retelling with angles. The majority of this book is set in Paris, France. This is another story that put me through an emotional rollercoaster because Leigh is an angel in training, and she pick Jarod as what she hopes is her last assignment before she graduates. Jarod the type of person who very unique morals because he is the leader of the mafia. As he spends more time with Leigh, he wants to change some of the things in his life, and he wants to spend time with Leigh even though she is so pure.
Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith
I CAN’T BELIEVE I ALMOST GOT THROW THIS LIST WITHOUT THIS BOOK. Omg, this book… gah the feels. Logan by himself is one of the reasons I love this story because he is one of the most out-going, sarcastic guys I’ve seen to this extent. Obviously the story itself is great because MMIYC is on the list, but Logan stole the story (even my review is filled about my love for Logan).
What are some of your favorite books you’ve read this year? Let me know below!
Happy reading until next time,