Okay, here it is! After much deliberation, I’ve whittled down my 108 reads down to only 10 favourite books of 2019 – and, I have managed to order them! I’m scared of releasing this order to the world because it finalises it, but it does feel right. As always, I limit myself to one book per series otherwise the list becomes dominated by series I enjoyed that year. So, here we go!
10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I read quite a lot of classics this year, after deciding to embark on a mission in 2019 read more of them. I decided to pick only one to make it on this list, and whilst I give honourable mentions to Sense and Sensibility and Emma by Jane Austen, I think Jane Eyre made the biggest impact for me. It was deliciously written, with gorgeous romance and feminisim that packed a punch. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend giving it a go.
9. Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
I read Girls of Paper and Fire last year, and whilst I really enjoyed it, it wasn’t a favourite. However, this sequel was so poignant and beautiful – it had me in tears, screaming at the pages. It was amazing and I truly love it with my whole heart.
8. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
I read this at the very start of the year, so it’s not the freshest in my memory, but I just know this whole series was so exquisitely written that I can’t help but give this incredible conclusion a spot on this list.
7. Shadow and Bone series by Leigh Bardugo
I’m lumping this whole series in as my 7th spot, though I would have to say Seige and Storm was my overall favourite. I know lots of people prefer Six of Crows, but I read this whole series for the first time in about the space of a week. I binged the whole thing and just totally fell in love. It is the ULTIMATE YA fantasy series and such good fun.
6. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
This is the sequel to Truly Devious, which has become my favourite mystery of ALL TIME! It’s so much fun, so twisty and I love it. This sequel threw in even more twist and turns and I cannot wait for the conclusion to the series coming in 2020 – expect to see that on next year’s list!
5. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
This was potentially one of the most contraversial 2019 releases, with lots of people finding the content too difficult or the pacing too slow, but I personally adored it. It was slow, but the kind of slow like thick treacle – it takes a long time to wade your way through but the journey is so delicious. The writing and the characters were excellent, the plot was exquiste, and I can’t wait to get more from this series.
4. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
2019 brought two releases in the Folk of the Air Trilogy, The Cruel Prince being one of my favourite books of 2018. I’ve picked the 3rd book to represent this spot, but tbh The Wicked King could just as easily have made this spot. I know a lot of people were disappointed in this finale, but I really loved how the story wrapped up. It was magical and brutal and really satisfying to me.
Top Three Reads of 2019
3. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
This was so elegantly and beautifully crafted. It’s complete beast, coming in at over 800 pages long but SO WORTH IT! It’s a standalone, so whilst its a massive book it allows you to consume the entire fabulous story in one go. It’s about power, friendship, love and DRAGONS! I totally urge everyone who has been hesitating because of the size to give this one a go.
2. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
If you’ve not read this one yet, have you actually been living under a rock? This is an amazing adult hate-to-love romance that focuses on an English prince and the first son of the US president (a fabulous woman, not stinky Trump). It’s a book of hope and love and revolution. I adored it, and hope you will too.
1. Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
Now, I really did deliberate over putting this on the top spot. It’s not as literary, emotional or powerful as some of the other books on this list, but for sheer entertainment value I had the time of my life reading this book. This whole series even! When I think of one of the series that I enjoyed the most and brought me the most joy in 2019, I had to think of Thomas and Audrey Rose. This book was twisty and surprising, and added so much dimension to the series as a whole. I’m sad this series is over but can’t wait to see what Kerri has to come next!
So there we have it! What were your favourite books of the year? Comment below and tell me, or drop a link to your blog post!