I can’t believe it’s the end of 2019! It’s the end of a decade! We are now on to the 2020s, and I’m pretty excited for what they’ll bring. I’m not going to lie, I read a lot of really good books in 2019. It was really hard to choose the following six (sort of) books as my favorites of 2019. I read some books I liked, a few books I didn’t like, and a lot of books I loved! Without further ado, here are my favorite books of 2019:
The Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon
This book is a love letter to readers everywhere. It tells the story of Daniel, the son of a bookseller. His father takes him to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, where he finds a mysterious book, that he loves. When he tries to look for more books written by the author, he finds that they are systematically being destroyed. I loved this book. It is poetic, and beautiful and I cried much of the time I was reading it.
The Nevernight Chronicles – Jay Kristoff
I had to cheat and put these all together, because I loved each and every single one of these books! I read these one after another, and I have no idea how anyone could have waited the two years that it took for Darkdawn to be released after Godsgrave. I always think about these books and always want to re-read them.
Into the Drowning Deep-Mira Grant
While I didn’t really LOVE the ending of this book, I loved reading it and it scared me to pieces. This is a book about a scientific crew that navigates to the Mariana trench in search of the mermaids that massacred the previous voyage.
The entirety of this novel had me sitting on the edge of my seat and jumping at every bump in the night. The way these mermaids were written was downright terrifying.
I would highly recommend anyone who is in search of a thrill and as terrified of the great deep blue as I am.
The Poppy War- R.F Kuang
This is the story of Rin, a young orphan who is accepted into the top military academy in the empire of Nikara.
This story was gory and bloody and told the tragedies of war, with magic and shamanism to boot. This is definitely not a story for the faint of heart, as it doesn’t really sugar coat the aspects of war. There are parts that are gory and descriptive, but I think it added to the story.
The characters are morally ambiguous which is another trait I love to read about in a character.
The Fever King- Victoria Lee
I’ve recently read and reviewed this one. I especially love how poignant this story is to the struggles that the United States is going through today, magical diseases withstanding, obviously.
I loved the characters in this story and was blown away by the writing and the plot.
Not to mention that this story also has a webcomic that has gorgeous art. Read it here.
His Majesty’s Dragon
I recently read and reviewed this one as well! (The last few months of 2019 were really good for favorite reads it seems).
This book was about a naval captain, Laurence, who finds a dragon egg. Once this dragon egg hatches, the dragon, Temeraire is bonded to Laurence.
So begins the adventure of these two as they join the King’s Aerial Corps to fight in the Napoleonic Wars. I really loved the bond that Temeraire and Laurence have in this book and the way that it continued to grow.
I also really loved the idea of the alternative history of the Napoleonic Wars with dragons. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes alt-history or dragons!
What were your favorite books of 2019? Did we have any that were similar? What are you excited to read in 2020? I hope you have a wonderful rest of your year, and a very happy new year!
Have a wonderful day, year, and as always, keep reading.