Hi friends! I’m pretty shocked at how my favorites list ended up this year, personally. I hope you’re excited to see it! And please read my ending paragraph, if nothing else lol!
I thought long and hard about this, but in the end I couldn’t truthfully place this in the top 10. I mean, it’s literally only 32 pages digitally. Don’t discount this simply because of its length though! This is a powerful story, and one I think applies to everyone. The way the author stripped humanity down to its barest bones and presented a scenario seemingly unbelievable yet eerily familiar the longer you thought about it, broke me down. I could not stop crying for the life of me. Add the fact that BTS’s Spring Day music video inspired me to read this and then rewatch it with all this extra knowledge, added even more depth to this story.
I thought really hard but I can’t deny the impact Amanda Lovelace’s story has had on me. The way she painted her life of abuse and betrayal turned into a golden portrait of happily-ever-after has stuck with me. Her eventual transformation to a strong woman, who’s still healing, is incredibly inspirational. Add to how magical her poetry is and well, ladies and gents, we have a winner*!
*or…at least a number 10
It was actually a rather close race between Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, but I chose the latter. You see, I think that this is a much more interesting novel as a whole. There’s a kind of dark romantic, Gothic vibe but there’s also so much more to this story than the romance. This is about Jane, and Jane’s journey alone. It is a story surprisingly modern for its time, and still applicable to today. I can’t wait to read it at a time in my life when I don’t have to analyze it for a paper haha.
When I read this earlier in the year and reviewed it, I only four-starred it. As the time has passed, however, I’ve come to realize that I think it was just my particular mood at the time and not the book itself. In fact, this is a novel that has haunted me all year. The story told is in no way light-hearted but so, so heartbreakingly important. Sadie’s love for her sister brings me to tears.
Let’s just pretend the first half of this book doesn’t exist. No, actually the first half of the book is a vital piece to the life of Charles Coulson, but I’m not a politics person so it highkey all went over my head haha. But the second half? I was so beyond emotionally moved at his testimony of coming to Christ, that at times I was brought to tears. I mean, the struggles and temptations he faced were no joke but yet he still had faith in the Lord. I ended this book feeling refreshed and renewed in a way I hadn’t for quite a while.
I knew from the moment I finished this book that it would make my favorites list. Music is something so near and dear to my heart, I couldn’t find the right words to express my love for it even if given ten years. Add to that I had just finished the anime Your Lie In April (which is similar to this book totally by coincidence!) and this equals a perfect recipe for me crying and suddenly playing more piano. This is such an emotional story full of music and pain and first love and cake. An excellent novel indeed.
Honestly, this and the Number 4 spot are pretty interchangeable. The Boy Who Steals Houses is something special. I felt weirdly nostalgic reading this even though it’s the total opposite of everything I’ve known. The entire De Lainey family, and Sammy and Avery stole their way into my heart with their softness and innocence and waffles. Drews has a way of writing characters and stories with a kind of raw realness that’s oddly relatable. I’m not surprised she has two spots on this list.
As I said earlier, this is nearly interchangeable with TBWSH. The reason i placed this one slightly higher is simply because I connected with the main character much more. She’s biracial, and her thoughts about both identities being equally her was something I really resonated with. It also made me very happy to see a book so focused on family, and the main character having a passion we don’t really get to see much of in YA. I truly loved this contemporary with my whole heart.
Who would have thought that a graphic novel would make my top 3 lists of the year? Certainly not January 2019. July 2019 me, however, wanted to be more diverse in reading, picked this up, and never looked back. The art is absolutely gorgeous and feels so magical. There’s so much representation, and the story is so pure and wholesome, I was smiling ear-to-ear the entire time reading this novel. This absolutely stole my heart, and was such a beautiful respite from the darkness of the fantasy novels I usually read.
This easily could have been my favorite of the year. But there were a few aspects that made my top book my top book, and this one a very close second. This is a book with a searing romance that took me by surprise with how passionate I felt about it. Cardan and Jude are two of my all-time favorite characters because they’re both so complex. And clever. I love this story so, so much, and I can’t wait to read Queen of Nothing!
and the number one spot goes to…drum roll please…
Supernova by Marissa Meyer!!!
2019 was a year of growing for me. Truly, every season of this year has felt like a new season in my life. I didn’t read as much as I wanted, yet I also read things brand-new to me. So the fact that I read this 500 page book in two days really made me realize just how I much I adore this trilogy. Every book has come out right around my birthday, so I’ve gotten to enjoy every book with a sense of joyous atmosphere surrounding me. This book in particular is honest-to-goodness a culmination of the past three years of my life, and finishing it, having gone on this incredibly emotional journey, made me so euphoric. The romance, the characters, the plot, they weren’t perfect but I loved them all the same. There’s amazing diversity, sweet romance, suspenseful situations, and witty banter. I can say that without a doubt this book helped defined much of my reading year.
So that’s it! Hopefully this was somewhat surprising? I’ll be honest, I’m shook that The Wicked King is the only fantasy novel on this list but also pleased. I’ll be making a list of my goals for 2020 soon, so please keep your eyes out for that! I love all of you so so much, and I’m so grateful to all of you for sticking with me and supporting me throughout 2019, whether it’s been since January 1st or December 30th. I wish all of you to have the best of years in 2020!