This year I ended up reading more books than I anticipated, which is always a good thing. I truly believe that to improve my own writing craft I not only have to keep on writing but also keep on reading. Besides, books are my escape and I love getting lost in all the different stories my author friends write.
I'll be ending 2019 with a total of 170 read books. Some are rereads of my favorite books, some I've listened on the audio - something I swore I wouldn't do, but somehow I got hooked on in the last couple of months - some are by new-to-me authors, and a big chunk is by the authors I got to meet in London or will get to meet in Edinburgh for RARE.
Without further ado, here's the list of my TOP 10 reads of 2019! (*listed in no particular order*)
1. Sarina Bowen - True North series
When I started this series, I wasn't sure I'd stick with it. It's a small-town romance series, and honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of those, but somehow, I got hooked! All the books are in Audible Escape and I binge listened to them in a matter of days! I can't wait for the next book to come out in January.
2. K.A. Tucker - Be The Girl
This book is seriously amazing. Not only it has a gorgeous cover - like all of Tucker's books - but it's a truly deep, breathtaking story that everybody should read. Although there's a trace of romance, this is an old-school YA fiction novel where the light is on the story itself and all the troubles young adults face nowadays.
3. Emma Chase - Getting Some series
Hello hot teachers! These two books are so good and I'd seriously love to see more of this series in the future. Another Audible Escape read that I truly enjoyed. Not only do we have two panty-melting teachers, but they're genuinely good and attentive. They want to help those kids make the best of their life. Something I can't seem to find a lot in romance novels (especially when they're supporting characters). Sexy, hot, highly entertaining reads!
4. Aly Martinez - Retrieval Duet
I had no idea what to expect from this duet. This was my first read by Martinez, but it sure won't be the last. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page.
5. Cambria Hebert - #Fate
#Fate is the most perfect finale Cambria could have given us. You can't not feel for these two characters. I cried. I laughed. I fell in love with these boys all over again.
6. Tillie Cole - A Wish For Us
Two words: Brokenly beautiful.
7. Rebecca Yarros - The Last Letter
As always, Yarros brings all the feels in you with The Last Letter. Grab the tissues, and go in blind. That's the only way to experience this book to its fullest.
8. Kristen Callihan - Managed
Rockstar romance at its fines! I fell fast and hard for Gabriel Scott and I'll never be the same. If you like hot, broody heroes, you should try this one!
9. Atticus - The Dark Between Stars
I don't read much poetry, but whenever Atticus publishes something, I buy it. His words get to me on a deeper level and I'm stunned how something so simple can cut you to the bones.
10. Helen Hoang - The Kiss Quotient
This one was actually one of the first books I read in 2019. It was one of those hyped books I was reluctant to start because: What if I hate it? But I loved it! It was super cute and I seriously enjoy seeing different characters in contemporary romance.
And that's a wrap! But seriously, there have been so many great releases this year and more books should be included on this list, but if I continue, I'm afraid this list won't have an end.
That being said, I'm really excited about what books 2020 will bring us. Some have already been announced and judging by that, another amazing bookish year is before us.
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What were your favorite reads of 2019? Are you already planning what to read next year? Will you participate in any reading challenges? Did you read any of the books from my list?
Let me know in the comment below!