Hello, guys! Since 2019 is done and over, I thought that I would discuss the five books that made my reading year.
Overall, I read 34 books. I didn’t feel like I had a great reading year, but I don’t know where I got that from because I did rate most of my books four or five stars so I don’t think that’s very accurate assessment of the year.
I will do another post about my 2019 reading year, but I rediscovered my love of reading. I tried and read from different genres. I think that I’ve been blocking myself from different books and saying that I wasn’t at a place to fully enjoy it. But that doesn’t do you any good when the books you are reading to get you out of the slump aren’t working. Instead, I just read.
These five books are in order of least of my favorites to my favorite, but if you ask me on another day, my order could be completely different.
5. Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi
This year was the year of Tahereh Mafi. I read the entire original Shatter Me trilogy, A Very Large Expanse of Sea (which easily could’ve replaced Shatter Me on here), and Furthermore. I really loved this trilogy as a whole, and I don’t really think there’s one book that I prefer from the other. I’m kinda torn about if I will read the second series because I’ve heard such mixed things about it. I read Shatter Me in January (It was my first read of the year!) but the rest of the series in December.
As I’ve mentioned a couple times before, 2019 was a really rough year for me when it came to my mental health so I really related to Juliette. The trilogy, to me, is more about Juliette’s mental health and her view of herself, and I found that I really related to her mindset pretty much the entire time.
4. Light Filters In by Caroline Kaufman
This is the only poetry collection on this list and the first one I ever read. I really related deep down to what Kaufman spoke about. I think that I read this at the right time for me. It really described my mindset at the time (also January) so I cried numerous times because I just really related to her words so much. Caroline Kaufman is also nineteen so I have mad respect for her and what she’s doing.
3. A Million Junes by Emily Henry
I didn’t think that this was going to make it on my list, but this book had a really strong impact on my life. I really connected to where it was at emotionally. (Which is kinda a common trend for me, but this is the last one that’s on this list with that explanation) I also read The Love That Split the World last year, but this book hit me harder so it’s on here. I read it in December.
Maybe it’s because of where I’m at so everything seems like an allegory for depression, but I found this book to hit me so hard that I really struggled to read this book. The emotions were so raw and so strong that it made me feel horrible when I was reading it. This book was about grief and loss.
2. With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo
When I think about my favorite book of 2019, this is the one that instantly pops into my head. There is one book over it because I loved it more than this one (which is insane because I love this one, too). It was definitely my favorite release of 2019. I read this in June.
There is something so warm about this book. Every time I read this book, I am filled with joy and happiness. I wanted to eat every food that Emoni cooked. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. I knew I would like it, but I didn’t expect it to become a favorite of mine. I really loved how strong and passionate Emoni was. She did everything out of love.
1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virture by Mackenzi Lee
This was without a doubt my favorite book of 2019. In fact, this is one of those books that I wish that I wrote. I read this in November, and this was a game changer.
I am a history minor, and a lot of my classes I’ve chosen to take have focused on gender and sexuality so I really loved what this novel has to say about sexuality. You can tell that Mackenzi Lee put in so much time and effort to make sure the characters were as accurately represented as possible. It is a debate on history if we can use modern terms for sexuality when they didn’t have them back then so I think that’s why a lot of historical fictions shy away from that topic, but I love how Mackenzi Lee discussed sexuality in terms that would fit the society. (Basically, not labeling any of the characters but still showing they are very much queer)
Those are my favorites of 2019! Please let me know if we have any favorites in common or what your favorites were! I’d love to here from you!