Every 5 Star Book I Read This Year (2019)

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

I don’t give many 5 stars out. It’s crazy to think that I read 147 books this year and I only gave 5 stars to 21 books. However, if they got full marks, they usually make it onto my favorite list and instead of giving a structured top 10 list of my favorites, I wanted to showcase each and every favorite of the year.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is: Top Favorite Books of the Year (2019):

Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen: Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen is Jane Austen meets The Bachelor. It was a fun, riveting, and entertaining read! If you like Jane Austen, fangirling, and just an all-around amazing time, you need to pick this one up.

The Wickerlight by Mary Watson: The Wickerlight was a glorious companion to The Wren Hunt. It was atmospheric and magical, a novel that will have you on the edge of your seat.

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang: I rarely read graphic novels but I just had a feeling about this one. It is an absolutely lovely and endearing story. And the art is stunning! It holds such a powerful message to all readers. And it is definitely a book I will return to again and again.

Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon: Another one I gave many heart eyes to. This is such a phenomenal fantasy! The twists and turns kept me on my toes. There’s an unexpected mystery at the heart of this and I was living for it. Kelly Coon’s writing was captivating and immersive. I can’t wait for the sequel.

Deadly Little Voices by Laurie Faria Stolarz: Laurie Faria Stolarz is one of my favorite authors of all time. Deadly Little Voices is the fourth out of five books in the series. Each Touch book has the same plot outline: creepy letters/files/etc. introduces new stalker that leads Camelia figuring the mystery out. It may be the same outline but I don’t mind—the outline works. I would read 10 more of these books.

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab: Why did this take me so long to read? I took me weeks to finish this. I was savoring every moment. The original trilogy is over and it’s devastating. I’m hoping Schwab will return with more since the ending was left open for more. A reader can dream, right?!

Well Met by Jen DuLuca: This book was everything I wanted and didn’t know I needed. A romance set at a Renaissance Faire? It’s ingredients for the perfect novel! The writing was a bit rough in the beginning but as the story progressed, the writing improved immensely.

As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon: This short story started my month off right, kicking my ugly reading slump to the curb. It was so cool to hear what Rishi and Dimple have been up to since When Rishi Met Dimple ended.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne: Love, love, love this one! I couldn’t stop thinking about it. As soon as I finished the book, I spent the next day just reading my favorite parts again in order to quench my raging book hangover. It was amazing! I don’t reread books very often but this one will likely get a reread at some point; it was just that good.

Refraction by Naomi Hughes: Sci-fi isn’t really my thing but Refraction was so fast paced with lots of outstanding twists. I can’t wait to reread it!

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: Soon after rereading the first book in the series, it was finally time to continue and this book blew away all my expectations. Mara Dyer was such a fantastic unreliable narrator in the first book but Hodkin kicks it up to a whole new level. And that ending leaves you in dire need of the third and final book!

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: This was one crazy ride! This entire series is absolutely mind-blowing. The twists and turns are enough to go back for multiple rereads. This finale was everything I wanted and whole lot I didn’t even expect. It was great!

Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen: If this series could go on for forever, that would be great. Please and thank you.

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover: Wow! I’m so glad I finally picked this one up. This is the second book I’ve read from Colleen Hoover and most definitely not my last. Amazing!

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi: So it’s been a good five years since I read the first book, Shatter Me. And it’s been a goal of mine to try and continue in the series and finally this year, I decided to give the sequel a try. And I loved it!

Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry: A 5-star prediction came true! I haven’t read a Katie McGarry book since her debut, Pushing the Limits, released but I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to read more from her. Only a Breath Apart was fantastic, with a few unexpected dark elements and a looming family curse.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige: I was so surprised how amazing this one was. Like, why did I wait so long to read it? It takes on a whole new angle of The Wizard of Oz, a look into what happens after the story we all know. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi: This one gets all the love! Choi created such amazing and real characters with real issues. Sam and Penny were so adorable! I wish we get a sequel someday.

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti: I was thinking about unhauling it without reading it a couple of months ago. However, I am so glad I kept it. Caletti put tears in my eyes to how gorgeous this story is.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer: A contemporary take on Beauty and the Beast that will certainly have you on the edge of your seat. It was so difficult to put this one down with its non-stop action, strong female protagonist, and slow burn romance!

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: I decided to pick this one up on a whim. All I knew about it was that it’s loved by many and it’s a children’s book. I thought it was a picture book but as there are only a few pictures, I wouldn’t categorize it as such. However, it was a lovely piece of art. The writing was so melodic and enticing. Plus, it holds such valuable discussion about humanity, Earth, and imagination.

What were your favorite books of the year?

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  1. A Curse So Dark and Lonely was five stars for me too!
    Cora | http://teapartyprincess.co.uk/

  2. I'm so glad I'm not the only one that threw the "ten" out of "top ten". xD Oh, man, I forgot about Gravemaidens! I really wanted to read that. I really need to read A Darker Shade of Magic, too. I'm so glad you loved The Little Prince. <3 That's probably my all-time favorite book.

    Here's my TTT post.

  3. I'm reading The Hating Game right now, it's a lot of fun so far. It's not a typical read for me but I've seen it recommended a lot. I'm seeing Brigid Kemmerer on a lot of lists so I'll check her out. Happy New Year!

  4. Well Met is SO good! And I still technically need to read The Little Prince, though I have seen the movie. :)

    My TTT: https://bookworm716.blogspot.com/2019/12/top-ten-tuesday-favorite-books-of-2019.html

  5. I loved A Conjuring of Light too. That’s such a fun series.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!