Books I Read (and Loved) in 2019

2019 has been quite a memorable year for me, and I regained my love of reading! While my reading passion has always been here with me, a shift in my life have kickstarted my strong love of reading.

I gave a Goodreads goals of 30 books to read this year, and I ended up reading 44 books (yay!). During this time, I read many memorable stories. Here is a list of books I enjoyed reading the most in 2019!

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
This was a great story that shares the quest of Annaleigh, as she seeks to unravel the mystery of her sisters’ deaths. This had a great blend of romance and horror, and was a fairy tale retelling!

The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi
The Oyster Thief is a touching story with mermaids as the focal point. Coralline seeks to find a cure for her brother’s illness after a crippling oil spill. Along her journey she encounters Izar, who harbors a dangerous secret. This story delves deep into the urgency of environmental protection.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I absolutely adored Daisy Jones & The Six! I read this story through Audible, and I felt like I was listening to a classic rock documentary! It had a healthy balance of tension and camaraderie that usually accompanies the story of a band’s rise and fall.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Girls of Paper and Fire covered the issue of young women seeking freedom among the bonds of servitude. There is a battle towards the end of the story that features these women as such powerful figures!

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Lisa See writes such powerful Historical Fiction, and The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane continues this streak. This story is set in the Yunnan mountains, following the strength of a mother and daughter’s bond among the constraints of tradition and distance.

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
Tunnel of Bones is the sequel to the Cassidy Blake series, in which the daughter of ‘celebrity’ paranormal investigators possesses the ability to speak to the dead. I’ve read City of Ghosts as well, and I can truly say that the sequel is stronger than the first!

A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney
A Dream So Dark is the sequel to A Blade So Black, an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ retelling set in Atlanta. It was so difficult to choose which story I enjoyed better, but A Dream So Dark carries so much emotional power. Chapter 7 will bring you to tears!

Crier’s War by Nina Varela
I loved the layered storylines of Crier’s War! The timeline at the beginning of the book set the foundation of a book strewn with the thoughts between two women (one human, one automa), as they seek to understand a war far more complicated than they thought.

The Moments Between by Natalie Banks
The Moments Between is Natalie Banks’s fourth novel. I received this book as part of Natalie Banks’ launch team, and I loved it. This was a tale steeped in romantic suspense, following the story of Claire DuPont solving the mystery of her husband’s reappearance, while fighting to prevent his death.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

I can’t even begin to explain how enjoyable this book is! A fantasy book with strong female characters in a Middle Eastern-inspired universe. We Hunt the Flame is truly a gift! Although the release date for its sequel We Free the Stars was pushed back, I eagerly anticipate its arrival!

I can’t wait to discover more stories to love in 2020!

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