I can’t believe 2019 is over. How are we in a new decade?! I can’t wait to see what 2020 holds for me but first I need to wrap up 2019. Today, I am bringing you my top 19 books of 2019. This is a very mish mash list of genres and it’s unlike any list I’ve made in previous years. There is also a number of audiobooks as well which is unusual for me. For the first year in ages, there is no Cassandra Clare book on this list. Whilst I loved Red Scrolls of Magic and Ghosts of the Shadow Market, they didn’t quite feel like favourites of the year compared to the rest of them. I also thought Wayward Son would be on this list but sadly it isn’t. Anyway, here are my favourite books of 2019. Any series that I read this year is only one entry in this list just to make it easier.
19.The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
This was an unexpected favourite. I read The Kiss Quotient last year and I was unimpressed. However, after hearing a lot of people rave about the companion novel, I decided to pick it up and I had so much fun. It was one of my favourite romance books of all time, even though it had a few plot points that I disliked.
18.City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
This was also a very unexpected favourite. I have never understood the Victoria Schwab hype but I picked up this book earlier this year and I adored it. I think the reason I liked it so much is because I listened to the audiobook which was a wondeful experience. It was so incredibly atmospheric and worked perfectly for the book.
17.Proud by Various
A Change is Gonna Come was in my 2017 favourites list and Proud definitely made it into this list. I don’t read a lot of anthologies but this was a wonderful anthology. I loved most of the stories and I especially enjoyed the artwork attached to each piece.
16.On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
Of course, I had to include On The Come Up. Angie Thomas’s second novel was just as good as her first novel and it did not disappoint at all. I really loved Bri as a character and I adored the rap aspects of this novel.
15.Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
I have a 2020 release on this list! Absolutely insane. I read this book very recently and I became addicted. I could not put it down at all so I stayed up until 3am reading it. It was an absolutely addictive romance novel that also touches a lot on culture and parental expectations and I know that this will be huge when it comes out.
14.Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
This is one of two Christina Lauren books on my list. I realised that I either dislike their books or fall in love with them. What I liked about this one the most was the romance and their character dynamics. It just felt unique and different and I can’t wait to re-read it.
13.Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
I listened to all four of the novellas in this series this year on audio and this series is truly the reason why I love audiobooks. Similarly to City of Ghosts, I know that I wouldn’t have liked this series as much if I had read them physically. My favourite in this series is definitely Down Among the Sticks and Bones and I cannot wait for more installments.
12.Birthday by Meredith Russo
This is another unexpected favourite. I had no plans to read this book until it came in my June Illumicrate box but once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. It made me tear up and incredibly sad but it was also so heartwarming. It’s such an underrated book that needs to be read.
11.The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
This is their 2019 release and it’s definitely my favourite of all of their books. We all know my favourite romance trope is enemies-to-lovers and this is up there with The Hating Game as a superior enemies-to-lovers romance. I am dying to re-read this already because it’s something that I know will constantly cheer me up.
10.Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
It wouldn’t be Sofia’s top books of the year list without a Melinda Salisbury book. I am so sad that the Sorrow duology is over because it was an incredibly unique aand wonderful fantasy series. This was a perfect ending to the duology but I’m sad that I won’t have anymore.
9.All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman
I am biased because I am friends with Yasmin but this is truly one of the hidden gems of the year. It’s wonderfully heartbreaking. I love the focus on friendship because that is one of my favourite things to read about. More people need to read this book, especially if you want good Muslim representation.
8.The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I thought I was going to hate this book but it’s just so incredibly addictive. I understand why people don’t like it. I just love it. Jude and Cardan are fantastic characters to follow because they’re morally grey but you still want to root for them. Also, the plot twists are insane and you can never predict which way it is going to go.
7.Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman
Volume 1 was one of my favourite books of last year so of course volume 2 had to be in the list. Nick and Charlie are wonderful characters and they are the cutest couple ever. I cannot wait for volume 3.
6.The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie
I was ready for this book to be one of my favourites of all time. Everything about it shouted me. It felt so realistic to 2015 Sofia. I loved the discussions this book dealt with but it was still a fun read. I especially loved the conversations about toxic friendship because I related to it so much.
5.It’s Not About the Burqa edited by Mariam Khan
Who would have thought my top books list would feature a non-fiction book? Mariam is a wonderful friend of mine so I had been eagerly anticipating this book since she first mentioned it to me. I loved reading about what it’s like to be a Muslim woman in many different points of views because not everyone has the same experiences as I do. My favourite was definitely Mariam’s and that isn’t just because she’s my friend.
4.Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
This is another unexpected favourite. I picked up this book at YALC after recommendations from Olivia at Simon and Schuster. This book is absolutely adorable and it is now one of my absolute YA favourite romances of all time. I can see myself re-reading this constantly as a pick me up (also the UK cover is absolutely stunning).
3.The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This is the final audiobook on this list and it’s also adult fiction. Everyone loves this book so I was worried but I shouldn’t have been because it was absolutely fantastic. Evelyn Hugo is a true bi icon. I would listen to this book at the gym and towards the climax of the book, I had to stop working out and just sit there on the rowing machine and listen to it because it made me almost cry. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
2.American Royals by Katharine McGee
This is yet another underrated unexpected favourite. I still to this day cannot stop thinking about this book. I had a feeling I would enjoy it but I did not think I would get obsessed with it. I loved following 4 different girls involved in this American royalty system. I thought it was a stand alone novel so I was not expecting the massive cliff hanger ending. I am dying for the sequel and I would sell my soul for an early copy.
1.Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Yes, I’m about 3 years behind everyone else but Six of Crows really is THAT book. I was obsessed with all of these characters, especially Kaz and Inej who I would gladly die for. I have had the urge to re-read these books since I read them in January, especially with all of the TV show news. I think I need to re-read them in early 2020 for sure…
So those are my favourite books of 2019. Any that you also loved? Let me know your favourite book of the year down below.