Jessica’s Top 10 of 2019

Goodbye 2019 and hello to a new decade!  This year has gone by quickly, especially the last few months. Today I will share my Top 10 of 2019, and apparently YA dominated my list this year. Also, Katherine Center and Neal Shusterman have made my Top 10 two years in a row now!

Kim and I had one book that made both of our lists. You will have to see what her Top 10 is tomorrow to see what made both lists!

Here are my picks for Top 10 in order:

10. Birthday by Meredith Russo

Written by a transgender author, Birthday shows us what someone who is transgender experiences. Russo’s novels are important stories that those who are transgender may need and will help those of us who are not transgender understand what it is like. My review for Birthday is here.

9. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

I did not expect to love this one as much as I did! The audiobook had different narrators for each character, which helped. I also did not figure the ending out!  The sequel One of Us is Next comes out January 7, 2020 and there is also a tv show in the works, which will be Must See TV for me! My review for One of Us is Lying is here.

8. Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Center’s husband is a volunteer firefighter and she got many stories from him, and Things You Save in a Fire is so realistic! Center’s protagonist is a female fire fighter which I really loved!  Center is fast becoming a new favorite author and I can’t wait to see what she has coming next!  My review for Things You Save in a Fire is here.

7.  Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis

If Everything, Everything and The Fault in Our Stars got together and had a baby then it would result in Five Feet Apart. I loved so much about this novel! I still have yet to see the movie, but WILL soon! And again… This cover is just gorgeous!  My review for Five Feet Apart is here.

6.  Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum

A powerful YA novel that dealt with the aftermath of 9/11 and how it still affects us 15 years later. This is yet another one that everyone should read! My review for Hope and Other Punch Lines is here.

5.  They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

I absolutely loved this book for its unique concept. *Spoiler Alert* we know what is going to happen in this novel from the title, but it is not about the end of Mateo and Rufus’ lives, it is the journey they go on for their final day. This one makes you think, would you want to know that this day is your last? My review for They Both Die at the End is here.

4.  Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Neal Shusterman is an author we both love at Jessica’s Reading Room and Dry was no exception!  This is yet another novel that leaves you thinking about it long after you have finished reading it. My review for Dry is here.

3.  The Ghostly Father by Sue Barnard

I have always been a fan of Romeo and Juliet, so this retelling  that is part prequel and also part sequel was just up my alley!  I loved everything about it and loved Barnard’s unique take on the story!  My review for The Ghostly Father is here.

2.  Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Kindred was a novel I came across looking for First Line Friday novels. I was concerned if it aged well as some novels don’t ‘age well’, but wow, this one is superb! Kindred is a must read for everyone!  In fact, it came very close to my number one read of 2019.  My review for Kindred is here.


What is my number one read of 2019??????













1.  The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain!!!

The Dream Daughter has earned its spot as my favorite book…EVER. Its is absolute perfection for me!  It went in a direction I was not expecting, and was a little leery about at first, but OMG, I loved everything about it! This was my first read by Chamberlain and it will not be my last!  My review for The Dream Daughter is here.

Have you read any of these books, and if so what did you think of them? Kim’s Top 10 of 2019 will post tomorrow.  She decided on her Top 10 a little differently from they way I chose mine. Stay tuned to see what books she loved and what one book we had in common for our Top 10!


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