My Top 10 Books of 2019

As promised, this is the first post in a series of rankings for my reading and viewing experiences during the year of 2019. I have to admit that I started with the books, because it seemed like the easiest list for me personally. I didn’t have the best of reading years, so there weren’t too many books to pick from. I also want to note that not all the books were released in 2019, that’s just the year I read them in. Enjoy!

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10. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses #1)I mainly wanted to read this, because the BBC made it into a TV show that was supposed to premiere in 2019. In my typical review fashion, I wanted to make a comparison of the TV show and the book, but then they never released it, which was also partly the reason it took me forever to finish the read. However, Noughts and Crosses is a fascinating alternate history story, where dark-skinned people are the ruling class and “colourless” folks are the underclass, who were once slaves. It mirrors our own world’s racism and doesn’t shy away from showing terrifying consequences of not following the rules. I can definitely understand why these books are read in schools and people got invested in the series.

9. The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter

The Dire King (Jackaby, #4)I mainly read the Jackaby series due to massive cover lust, but I am very happy about the fact that it was a great series overall. There were so many supernatural creatures included that don’t always make it into stories and it ended on a hopeful and happy note, while still fulfilling my expectations of where it was supposed to end.

8. Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) by Tahereh Mafi

Defy Me (Shatter Me, #5)I wasn’t the biggest fan of the 4th installment of the series and still believe that the new “trilogy” isn’t exactly on the same level as the OG books, but Tahereh got me back with Defy Me. It felt more introspective again and while I still think some actions and decisions were out of character, I enjoyed the slow pace and inner monologues.

7. The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

The Wicker KingThis book has so much to offer. I am glad I bought it as a hardcover, because it has a beautiful aesthetic. Also, whenever someone names their character August, they already have part of my heart. I don’t make the rules, that’s just the way it is. The book is both soft and sad, but there were a couple parts that I just wish I could have connected more with.

Check out my review here!

6. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of SeaTahereh Mafi is one of my absolute favourite authors. To read her most personal book yet was an absolute joy. I could see why it meant so much to her and was surprised by how light and fast of a read it was, despite the sometimes quite serious topic. I think that lighthearted-ness was good in some parts, but it’s also why the ending didn’t impact me as much and I found myself not caring as much.

Check out my review here!

5. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Dumplin’I think I read the book after watching the Netflix movie and I really enjoyed it nonetheless. In fact, I think mixing the two together makes for the perfect story. It was super relatable and had a great message, it was heartbreaking and heartwarming and even though I was sort of late to the party, I am glad I picked it up.

4. Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, Justin Paul, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek

Dear Evan HansenI was not super familiar with the musical before picking up the book, but I had a lot of fun reading it. I want to point out again that the book was written AFTER the musical got popular, not the other way around. Still, it offers even more insight into the characters and I, personally, enjoyed that a lot.

Check out my review here!

3. Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro, Cornelia Funke

Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the FaunThis, too, is a book adaption of a film and not the other way around. I feel I am coming across them more and more, but I love that the director of the movie was so thoroughly involved in the book as well. It’s a very whimsical and magical story with some parts being 1:1 what was said in the books and other parts being a great addition to make the memories of the film more impactful and give them more background.

Check out my review here!

2. Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Echo NorthI was in so many massive reading slumps this year, but Echo North was one of the real highlights for me. It reminded me of why I loved Fantasy novels and fairy tales. It’s not that it’s a flawless story, the love that turned very intense very quickly was (despite the explanation at the end) not 100% my cup of tea, but it still had such a great amalgamation of familiar stories while making it their own.

Check out my review here!

1.  The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

The Light Between WorldsThis was my favourite story of the year! Hands down, I still think about it so much and I think I cried through about 100 pages straight at some point. It sounds similar to the Wayward children series or Narnia, but when I read it, I soon forgot about it all. I love how you can interpret the ending and I choose to interpret it in a hopeful way.

Check out my review here!

So, those were my top 10 books of the year! Did you read some of those books as well? What were some of your bookish highlights? 

24 thoughts on “My Top 10 Books of 2019

  1. I loved reading about your favorite books for 2019! I also loved A Very Large Expanse of Sea, I read it right after Christmas and it completely blew me away 🥰 You also made me so interested in picking up Echo North and The Light Between Worlds 😊

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    • I just really like Tahereh Mafi as an author. I haven’t read her MG series, but everything else has been fantastic.
      I’d love for you to check out Echo North and The Light Between Worlds, but please take care and check out the trigger warnings, especially for the last book.

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  2. I read quite a few great books this year. I even read most of the Sherlock Holmes fiction, which was a lot more accessible than I thought it would be (Victorian literature is not my favorite, for stylistic reasons). I also enjoyed A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill, which was as much literary fiction as it was horror.

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    • It’s very similar to the movie, but adds nice little details here and there. I really enjoyed the book 🙂 but I also like Cornelia Funke as an author in general.
      I wish you the happiest of 2020 as well!


  3. I’ve had Noughts and Crosses on my bookshelf for a couple years now, it’s just so thick. I love the musical for Dear Evan Hansen but I never got into the book, I think I’ll try to this year for a quick read 🙂 I’ve heard great things about both the book and movie Dumplin’ and this just makes me want to read it even more 😀

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    • I struggled with Noughts and Crosses because it spans years in just one book and I didn’t connect with it as much as I had hoped, but when I was done, I really looked at it and thought it was great.
      Dear Evan Hansen was a really quick one, for me at least. I think I finished it more or less within 24 hours haha

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  4. I’ve really wanted to read Noughts and Crosses for a while now – I think I’ll finally get to it!

    I read Dumplin’ this year as well! I was so excited to read that book and it really lived up to everything I’d heard about it as well – I plan on watching the movie soon too.

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    • Noughts and Crosses took me literal months to finish, but in the end I think it was worth it 🙂
      I so love Bo in the movie for Dumplin’. They did well, even if he was barely in it. I hope you’ll enjoy the movie.

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      • I’ve always had this thing that I keep trying to leave books that take me months to read but also on the other hand, I don’t want to leave something unread – so I’m always confused.

        Oh, I’m SO excited to see Bo in the movie because there are parts of him in the book that I absolutely adore!

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