Top Ten favorite books I read in 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

OK, so I basically have a terrible memory. (I blame too much Diet Coke – aspartame, man. It’s bad for you.) ANYHOO. I have a hard time remembering back through the entiiiiiiire year for things like this. Luckily, the awesome book blogger spreadsheet by Reader Voracious has a section to put your favorite book each month in. I can remember for a month! So here you go, you’re getting not ten but eleven of my favorite books in 2019 – one for each month. 🙂


January – The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker

I wanted to read The Austen Playbook so badly that I actually Googled “how to request a book from a publisher” and then reached out to Carina Press to request an egalley of this book for review. I had read and really loved Making Up, so when I saw the next book in this series had a Jane Austen vibe I EXPIRED. This book also has the best, most realistic depiction of shower sex I’ve ever seen in a romance, and I am here for it.
Check out my review here.

February – A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

I’ve loved every single book in Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series, and when I saw this one was about Nya (who, come on, she plays dating sims, you know I’m going to adore her) I was definitely on board. Imagine my joy and surprise to find the hero, Johan, is super into fairy tales. Swoon and a half. This book deals with SO many deep and complex themes, it’s my go-to when people call romance shallow/porn/other-disparaging-remark-from-someone-who-has-never-actually-read-a-good-romance-novel. A great romance novel is about SO much more than hot sex scenes (though those are great too, don’t get me wrong!) and I want to chuck a copy of A Prince on Paper at everyone’s heads so they can see what romance can be at its best.
Check out my review here.

March – Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole

Oh look, another Alyssa Cole book… Heh. This novella runs a bit in parallel with the second book in the series, and I was PUMPED to finally read about Portia’s nerdy twin. Also, you want some rep? How about a leading lady who is black and disabled, a leading man who is Vietnamese-American, and both are neurodivergent? ALSO, anime and escape rooms. Shut up, why are you still here? Go read this book.
Check out my review here.

April – America’s Geekheart by Pippa Grant

I liked this book so much I went on a Pippa Grant binge, and held and impromptu giveaway for this book as well as the first one in the series, Flirting with the Frenemy. I won’t spill into the fangirl flailing and melting into goo here… If you wan’t to see that, you can check out my review here. (But brace yourself, there is MUCH goo.)

May – The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

I actually liked this book better than Helen Hoang’s debut, The Kiss Quotient (which was also awesome, FYI). A lot of people seemed to not like this one as much for some reason? My dudes – Esme was originally supposed a side character and the odd one out in a love triangle between Khai and the actual lead, but she was so earnest and ballsy and real that Helen rewrote the whole damn book for her. Check out my review here. Also, I am peeing myself to get hold of Helen’s next book, The Heart Principle, which comes out in 2021.

June – Fake Out by Eden Finley

This is the first book in the Fake Boyfriend series by Eden Finley, and I IMMEDIATELY went and read the next three books in the series after finishing this one. Pretty sure I read 4 books in 3 days, that’s how AWESOME this series is.
I didn’t review this one! What? This was a Kindle Unlimited book, and a lot of the time I won’t review those because I’m swamped with reviewing ARCs. I’d meant to do mini reviews for the entire series but never got around to it. :/ Oh well, here’s the link to book 1 on Goodreads.

July – Sorcerous Rivalry by Kayleigh Nicol

This… this might be the only non-romance book on my list, haha. It’s a fantasy with a strong romantic sub-plot though, so there’s that. 😉 It’s like Cat Noir from the TV show Miraculous and Aragorn in his Strider-mode from Lord of the Rings, and I can’t even with these two. Nngh. Check out my review here.

August – Well Met by Jen DeLuca

This dang book made me start looking into working out at my local Ren Fest. NO, Jen – NO. I don’t have time for that! Stop making me think I want to do these things! I did end up going to Fest when I’d originally intended to skip it this year, though, and it’s because of THIS BOOK. Check out my review here. Also, I CANNOT WAIT for her next book, Well Played, which comes out some mysterious time in 2020!

September – Work for It by Talia Hibbert

This book destroyed me. Like, to the point where I cried writing my review. I can’t even start with this here, you’re going to have to go read out my review. Better yet, go read the book. But have some tape or glue ready to put your heart back together at the end. You’ve been warned. Also, APPLAUSE FOR AMAZING MENTAL ILLNESS REP, I CAN’T EVEN…

October – My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh

I just CAN NOT with these two… I love the two nerds in the fake relationship, and they’re trying to make him over into a rake so he can pretend to be wooing her and make her more popular and get another guy to notice her. PEAK fake relationship real-feelings-the-other-person-thinks-are-fake trope. Check out my review here.

November – The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

This. Book! I laughed so hard that at one point I literally almost peed my pants. I buddy read this with my BFF Ari, and it was AMAZING. One of us would laugh, and then a few minutes the other one would laugh and be like “Was it the part with the cake?” 😀 Also, one of us would get SPITTING MAD and be like “Oh my goooooooooood, I hate himmmmmmmm so muuuuuuuch!” and then the slower reader (okay me, I’m the slower reader, it was always me catching up) would get to that part and go “AHH! WHAT THE HELL!?!?!” and it was just great. I require to do more buddy reading in the same room with great books, haha. My review for this isn’t live yet as it doesn’t release until Feb 4th, but you can check out my review on Goodreads.

I don’t have a favorite book chosen yet for December. Yes, I’m aware it’s December 31st, but I’m in the middle of 3 books, and I’m hoping to finish 2 of them by midnight tonight (it’s a long shot, but it could happen!) and one of them is a strong contender for fave book of this month. I’ll have to see how it plays out.

What about you? What were your favorite books of 2019? And are you interested in checking out any of my faves?

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