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!
Another nearly impossible list to try to compile . . . but I tried! This year, I’ve decided to ignore my star ratings and go with the most memorable/emotional. Yes, several of the contestants from the “Most Gorgeous Cover” tournament are on this list, but believe it or not, the covers are not dictating this list. I also left out any books that I had read before 2018, which actually helped quite a bit in narrowing it down! I went with my gut this year and here is the result.
***And these are in no particular order, because that really is undoable!***
His Fair Assassin Series by Robin LaFevers
I loved the setting, the story, and the characters in this series. It was unique and fascinating!
Unwind Series by Neal Shusterman
I cannot say enough good about this series. I’ve never read anything like it and Shusterman, per usual, philosophized the hell out of my brain without sacrificing plot or characters.
We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
Dark, interesting, and engaging. It pulled me into the pages and didn’t let go!
Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely
A badass heroine in a western setting. Perfection! Ok, and the cover is easily my favorite of the year!
Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness
A continuation of a saga I’ve been in love with for years! So wonderful to be able to read more about the characters that I’ve come to see as friends!
This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Crazy mind games in a dark and twisted world; all in the expert way the way that only McGinnis can portray.
Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen
My favorite WW2 fiction, easily. A usually untold perspective of strength and fighting back.
Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty
Another beautiful character in a gorgeous and surreal setting. When a book actually makes me think about going camping, you know it’s good!
Jagged Mind by Taylor Saville
I would talk about this book . . . but I’d probably just start crying all over again! This book stuck in my brain for longer than any other book has and brought out all the feelings!
Alone by Cyn Balog:
Insane, psychological plot twists and surprises and super creepy; I loved it!
What were your top reads on 2018? What are you looking forward to for 2019?[Top]
Wow, another year has flown by, goodbye 2018! It is crazy how much quicker the years are passing by now. But here is my top 10 of 2018! (I kept track of my 5 star reads as the year progressed to make this post easier to do!) Here are my picks in order:
10. I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford
I read this one as part of a blog tour and it deeply touched me. Organ donation is very important, and when you know someone who is still alive because of it, you can’t say thank you enough to the donor and their family!
9. The Underachieving Ovary by JT Lawrence
I was sent the Audible version by the author, but I already had on my kindle to read at some point. JT Lawrence is becoming one of my favorite authors and this is her semi-autobiographical novel dealing with infertility. As I listened to it I realized how much my friends who have had fertility issues have actually gone through.
8. The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyenne Young
This is a touching one that was read that you can’t help but tear up during, whether throughout the book or just the epilogue! It shows the true friendship these two girls have: even beyond death.
7. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
A young African American teen boy who did everything right, but deals with racism. I enjoyed the male point of view and the novel takes place in Georgia as well! I also was fortunate to meet Nic Stone in October: she is great!
6. Warcross by Marie Lu
Yes, I borrowed Kim’s picture for this post. Her review had me wanting to read it and I am NOT a gamer! This novel is about so much more than about gaming!
5. How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
What more can I say: WOW! I wondered why there was an airplane on the cover…And then I read the novel! What a journey. This was my first novel by Center and it will NOT be my last!
4. The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon
This one was my first five star read of 2018 and the books that I read afterward had a lot to live up to: In fact, only three beat this one out: I love how this one is different from other YA novels, where the girl is the skeptic about love and there is a realistic ending.
3. Year One by Nora Roberts
Wait a minute: Nora Roberts writes more than romance?!?!?! She writes post-apocalyptic as well?!?!?! This intrigued me so I wanted to check it out! There is a bit of a fantastical element thrown in this novel and fantasy is far from what I read, but I really enjoyed this one! The sequel is out now, I need to read it!
2. The One by John Marrs
I really enjoy suspense/thrillers and The One is everything I enjoy in a book! I won my signed copy via Goodreads giveaway. It will be a series on Netflix at some point and I can not wait to watch it! This would have been my number one read of the year if it were not for the series that ultimately blew me away and took the number one spot…..
What is my number one read of 2018??????
1. Scythe and Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
The reason there are two books in my number one spot is because they are part of a series and were equal for me! I could not separate these two books. Kim’s review of Scythe piqued my curiosity and I am so glad I read these two books. Neal Shusterman is a freaking genius and I need to read more of his books. The final book ( I think) in this series will be called The Toll and is supposed to come out in 2019. If you have not read this series yet, I suggest you wait until The Toll is published so you won’t be in high anticipation as you are left needing more of this series!
Have you read any of these books, and if so what did you think of them? Kim’s Top 10 of 2018 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!