Best of 2019
If any of you are following along then you may have noticed that 2019 was not the most consistent year for me. I have been posting less and less and I finally came to the conclusion that I need a break. A break from writing reviews. A break from reading things I have to read to review. A break from being on a schedule and blogging, at least for a bit. I will still update my Goodreads with ratings for books I read, maybe a line or two about the book, but I need a break. I need to not have the stress of getting things read and posted and all of that. It has become something I don't enjoy so if I am ever going to get back on the blogging train I need a break. So I am not sure I will be posting in 2020. I will see how it goes. Life got super crazy (in a good way!) in 2019 so I also haven't had or wanted to carve out the time to blog. I am still reading books by authors I love, but this way I also can fit in more books by new to me authors. Or read what I feel like, what I am in the mood for, instead of what I have to read. On that note I decided to make a best of 2019 list, though not as long as normal. Just some books I want to highlight as they were really great reads. Here we go in no particular order - my favorite reads of 2019!
Doctor Sleep was so much fun! I didn't realize it was a sequel to The Shining until I saw the trailer for the movie and then I knew I needed to read it. Not so much horror for me, more revenge thriller, but I loved it!
I FINALLY got around to reading Savannah Page and boy am I glad I did! I loved her When Girlfriends series (especially this last one! I thought they kept getting better and better!) and her standalone were amazing as well. Really lovely stories of friends and family and everything they entail.
Okay so I think the cover for The Princess Trap is hilarious, but not in a good way. I never would have picked up this book to read if not for it being chosen for a book club, but I am so glad I did! I really enjoyed this story, it was so fun and I can't wait to read more from this author! She is definitely high up on my to-read list for 2020!
It is no secret that I love Lauren Layne, but she blew it out of the park with Rockstar. This is the last of the Morgan Brothers books and it made me want to go back and re-read all of the prior books (which to me is the mark of a truly great ending to a series)!
Tessa Dare is another one I want to read more of in 2020. Her books are so much fun and I really enjoy them so much!
Now these next 3 are my top top reads of 2019. I LOVED them. My 5 star reads, which if you know me you know I don't give out 5 stars very often. But these books deserved it. I loved them so very much and I will re-read them again and again and again. Without further ado my top top reads!
The Laws of Physics series by Penny Reid. Oh, this series. The first book ends on such a cliffhanger and you know book 2 may be rough, but my heart! I felt all the feels through the whole thing and I adored how the author wrote this story. How it didn't go where I thought it would go. How Abram and Mona were everything. I loved this story so so much and I couldn't put it down. Luckily for you if you haven't read it yet all of them are out now so you don't have to wait to see what happens next.
Sticking to the Script is one that I did not expect to enjoy as much as I did. I picked it up because it is in the Pennyverse, but I didn't really want to read about Dr. Ken Miles....until I started this book and then I never wanted to stop reading him! And Steven! And their story. It again made me feel all the feels, but is also one of the only (maybe only) non-Penny book that has made me tear up because it is so touching. Because a scene is so beautiful I can't help it. I am not a cryer. I don't tear up often, but this book was amazing and I couldn't help it. I just felt so much and it was so beautiful.
And last but not least is actually a favorite new-to-me author - Roan Parrish. If you have not read her before you are really missing out. I just found her earlier this year as she was at RARE Paris and man I am so so so glad I did. I read In the Middle of Somewhere first and I have never looked back. My heart was so full and I love her stories so so so much I can't even put into words how much I love her stories. She writes such amazing characters, most of whom have issues of their own, but they deserve love too. After that first book I kept trying to read other authors, but I couldn't. Not when I had more Roan Parrish books to read so I read through all her books in a few days. Because I couldn't stop. I couldn't put them down. They are all so amazing. Her Riven series? Gah kill me now! But if I had to choose a favorite I would probably say Invitation to the Blues. Because Jude. Because he has so much going on, so many things that make life difficult, but he finally finds his other half in Faron. He finally finds acceptance and can be who he is and not feel even worse about it. This book was everything. Everything I wish for loved ones going through similar things. Everything I wish for everyone. To find that person who is so perfect for you, who accepts you, who helps make you stronger and even more you. I love how Roan writes her books, I love the characters she chooses to write, I love her stories. Love is not really a strong enough word for how much I enjoyed these stories. My friends are probably all tired of hearing me gush about how amazing they are. Because I keep re-reading them whenever I need to feel all the feels. I am so very happy I found her this year and so very excited to see what she writes next!
So there we have it. My favorite reads of 2019. Not as many as I normally do, but I also haven't had the time to read as much as I normally was. Here's to a great 2020!