Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Best Books I Read In 2019 (Yes, I am aware I am posting this a wee bit ahead of schedule, but look, I have a billion other posts to post on actual Tuesday and the rest of the week, so ?♀️)
Gosh this is HARD. And there isn’t a real rhyme or reason to how I picked the top ones, it was just a combination of rating, and then how fondly I remembered it, and these are the 19 books that won! (I also 150% copied this from last year’s post and changed all the “2018”s to “2019”, and added an extra book. ¡Olé!)
The VERY (honestly guys it was so hard to choose these are all so freaking good) Honorable Mentions:
These link to reviews or Goodreads, depending on whether I reviewed stuff! Also, please notice that you see a picture of a lovely young woman instead of a book. Well that’s cause it’s not published (YET) but it so will be. Click on her picture to read more about Dark Moon because honestly I still can’t stop thinking about it, it was that good (but I am saving a Top Ten spot for when it’s actually published because it will. Promise.)
The Top Ten
#10: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett: Badass MC and tons of swoons cavorting around 1930s Eastern Europe, honestly who could ask for more?
#9: Romanov by Nadine Brandes: The Anastasia retelling of my damn heart. Nadine Brandes wrote the book I have literally been longing for.
#8: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett: Kim Liggett’s awesomeness + Dystopia = Success!
#7: How We Became Wicked by Alexander Yates: Stop sleeping on this one, gah! It’s so good and full of feels and excitement!
#6: Recursion by Blake Crouch: Like the one award-winner I approve of tbh. Made me think (still makes me think, really), and emotional to boot!
#5: Nowhere on Earth by Nick Lake: These book is so wonderfully weird, and also just flat out wonderful. It’s pubbing in the US next month so you legit have zero excuses.
#4: Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz: Two chronically ill Jewish MCs and no one dies. Don’t worry, Hannah still delivers the feels, the swoons, and a damn good story to boot.
#3: American Royals by Katharine McGee: Did not see my love for this coming. It’s an alternate-history telenovela full of heart and soul and I am head over heels.
#2: The Toll by Neal Shusterman: Neal went and saved the best for last. It’s so relevant, messed up but hopeful, and genius commentary that only Shusterman can deliver.
#1: A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen: I love me some post-apoc, so when I tell you this is the best one I’ve read, you know it’s freaking serious. This book had every last element I crave in a book about a bleak world, and you’ll have to wait for my review early next month for more. But for now? Add it to all your 2020 wishlists, stat.