2019, you were filled with so many books- 125 books as of today to be exact. Having read so many great reads this year, it was really hard to narrow down my favorites. The first draft of this post originally had over 40 books,! I decided to be on trend and narrow it down to my top 19 favorite books.
I read the most books in a year that I ever had in 2019. A lot of this was in thanks to my summer reading, basically reading (and yes, watching Netflix) during any free time that I had in between working two summer jobs and catching up with my best friends. While my school life was supremely busy both in the spring and fall, I’m very content with the fact that I was able to read at least four books each month- sometimes five to seven depending on how many papers I procrastinated on. In between the holidays, work, and Netflix, I’ve also spent time eating up some romantic contemporaries this December as well.
Despite the amount of books I’ve read, and the amount of favorites & honorable mentions on this list, I feel like I’ve become a more critical reader and ‘favorite book’ evaluator in 2019. Earning 5 stars was pretty hard in the Fangirl Fury book this year. At the same time, there are some 5 star books that I’ve read that aren’t exactly favorites of mine, and there are books that I didn’t give 5 stars that still stole my heart and became favorites.
American Royals by Katharine McGee
Katharine McGee’s American Royals was the Princess Diaries 2-like book I didn’t know I needed until upon reading. I’ve seriously fallen in love even more with this book in the months after I’ve finished. Set in a United States with a monarchy instead of a democracy, American Royals was the perfect blend of romance, politics, and family drama with such an addicting writing style.
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
If there’s one book on this list where I absolutely loved every element within, its Jenn Bennett’s Serious Moonlight. I definitely need to do a reread of all of Jenn Bennett’s YA books, but Serious Moonlight may just be my favorite book of hers! I related so much to the protagonist, Birdie, and I loved this book’s atmosphere and premise so much.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Ninth House instantly become one of my favorite reads of 2019 as soon as I read its final sentence. I read and love a lot of books, but something about that ending made me realize that it had been such a long time that I had ‘this feeling’ of loving a book so much immediately right after finishing it. Ninth House is such an incredible blend of fantasy and literary fiction. I’m so excited to see where this series goes.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The crowd favorite of the year, I loved Red, White & Royal Blue even before the hype really began. Like many of the books on this list, RWRB perfectly balanced all its elements, from political drama, family, friendship, and of course, the romance.
The Goal (Off Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy
New adult (and adult) romance is for sure one way to label my 2019 reading year, much in part to Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series. I particularly fell hard for the last book in the series, The Goal. I read The Goal over the course of two sittings, in love with the two main character’s chemistry and overall story. And yes, my fictional crush on Tucker likely has something to do with my love for this installment.
Imprison the Sky (The Elementae #2) by A.C. Gaughen
Imprison the Sky is such a fantastic follow-up novel to A.C. Gaughen’s Reign the Earth. I’m usually not a fan of pirate books or books set-at-sea, but Imprison the Sky completely changed that for me. I loved how it interwove elements and charatcers from book #1 while introducing us to a new cast. The world-building and twists constantly kept me on the edge of my seat. Although I’m so sad that there are currently no plans for books #3 and #4, I highly recommend picking up these books!
Lovely War by Julie Berry
Julie Berry’s Lovely War is hands-down my favorite historical fiction read of the eyar. I didn’t read as much in the genre as I would have liked, but Lovely War easily made up for itself. Julie Berry’s writing style is absolutely beautiful. The book is narrated by Aphrodite and other Greek Gods, following four characters whose lives are interwoven with one another over the course of World War I.
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
Keeping the historical fiction love going, my favorite historical fiction author, Ruta Septetys, came out with my and everyone else’s much anticipated book, The Fountains of Silence. Taking on a different time period and setting than her other books, Ruta Sepetys immerses readers in 1950s Spain and again tells an often uncovered and untold story set in that setting.
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
It’s not a Fangirl Fury reading year without reading at least one Sarah J. Mass book. I was a little hesitant going into Catwoman:Soulstealer because I really don’t have much knowledge about Catwoman or the DC world outside Wonder Woman and the other DC Icons books. However, much to her style, SJM completely blew me away with her take on Catwoman. Although I highly doubt it will ever happen, I would so love a follow-up sequel.
The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames
I want to shove Elizabeth Ames’ The Other’s Gold into all of my bookish friends’ hands, particularly the ones who adore contemporary and literary fiction. The Other’s Gold deserves so much more hype, in thanks to Elizabeth Ames’ addicting storytelling. The book follows four college best friends and roommates throughout their college years and early adulthood, with a few mysteries and odd happenings involved.
There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
Sandhya Menon’s There’s Something About Sweetie is easily my new favorite book of hers! While set in the Rishi and Dimple universe, There’s Something About Sweetie is a story of its own, especially with a protagonist as strong as Sweetie. I really fell in love with third perspective narration this year, and Sandhya Menon completely owns the style with Ashish and Sweetie’s narration.
If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka’s If I’m Being Honest is the definition of fun YA contemporary. This book completely nails the unlikeable protagonist category, along with the Shakespeare retelling one, but the main protagonist, Cameron, also experiences so much growth and change.
Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
Faith Erin Hicks’ Comics Will Break Your Heart really spoke to my love for fandom and books that incorporate fandom. Comics Will Break Your Heart deserves so much hype and love, as it blends fandom with all the elements I love in YA contemporary.
Crier’s War by Nina Varela
Contemporary once again defined my reading year, but the fantasy books that I did pick up completely blew me away, Nina Varela’s Crier’s War included. One of the best 2019 YA debuts, Crier’s War is perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles.
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
And speaking of Marissa Meyer, I also fell in love with the first book in her superhero inspired series, Renegades. Renegades features such a unique world and spin on the superhero genre. I still have the final book in the trilogy, Supernova, to enjoy for myself in 2020.
A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
One of the most heart-breaking reads of my reading year, A Heart in a Body in the World features such beautiful writing and an even more important story. This book repeatedly bought tears to my eyes.
Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
Another amazing 2019 debut, Lillie Vale’s Small Town Hearts was another fun read of mine in 2019. I love all the baking and food within this one, its beachy setting, and emphasis on relationship and character growth.
Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan
Another unique and important read of 2019, Unpregnant is the funny YA abortion story (yes, I know what I just wrote) that every YA contemporary fan needs. Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan completely nail the humor in the right places in this book while also handling heavy and mature subject matter.
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
I’ve been on a small new adult and adult contemporary kick -sports romance included- towards the end of 2019. My favorite has hands-down been Lyssa Kay Adams’ The Bromance Book Club! The Bromance Book Club completely delivers on its unique premise, falling in love with its story, romance, characters, and writing style.
I think my 2019 favorites list is a new blend of YA, new adult, and adult fiction. Since I leaned more towards new adult and adult towards the end of the year, I think I’ll be delving into these genres a lot more in 2020.
Being the reader that I am, here are 14 more books in no particular order again that I absolutely loved and more in 2019:
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (reread)
Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Throne
The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks
A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2)by Brigid Kemmerer
Intercepted by Alexa Martin
Maybe This Time by Kasie West
All American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney
As the year comes to a close, thank you so much for supporting Fangirl Fury in 2019. I hope you have a relaxing & joyful holiday season and a happy & healthy New Year. Here’s to reading ALL the amazing books in 2020!
What were some of your favorite 2019 reads? Any of the above? Share in the comments!