Hi guys! So this Tuesday is a bit different – there is no themed post from Shanah for today, since it’s Christmas Eve. So, I decided this is the perfect opportunity for me to post my top 5 books I’ve read in 2019. Read, not necessarily published, since some of my favorite books weren’t necessarily published in 2019 and I still want to include them.
So, that being said, let’s get to it!
This book was hilarious! It was a short-sweet story told through letters and I enjoyed every bit of it. I’m a huge Austen fan, so I’m not surprised that I liked this book, but I’m supremely happy that it surpassed my expectations. I would definitely recommend this book to those who want to read Austen but maybe aren’t a fan of classic lit, because this book is very short and very easy to read.
I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. Arnold’s writing is so strong and this story is so compelling! There’s a real mystery to it that keeps you turning pages, and the whole thing is suffused with this uncomfortable tension that really hooks you. I felt so many emotions through the whole thing and the feminist undertones are there, but not overpowering. The ending is definitely polarizing – I’ve seen hate and love for this book, so I think it’s down to your own personal preference. But as for me, I love it.
This book, despite being another Beauty and the Beast re-telling, happens to capture some magic that really spoke to me. I love Kemmerer’s world that she’s built and the magic within it. I really love the characters and I felt like there was a point of not re-treading certain tropes (like love between the two leads by the end of the book). I also like the disability rep in this, too, with the main character having cerebral-palsy. The funny thing is, I got an ARC of the second book and started reading it, but I really didn’t like it and so I didn’t finish, which is disappointing.
Not only is the cover of this book beautiful, but the story itself is, too! I love the history represented in this book. It’s a time that isn’t often explored from the perspective of Chinese immigrants. The diversity in this is also really awesome, with race being one of the main issues tackled, not just for Chinese-Americans but African-Americans as well. The main character is also a really strong female and her narrative arc is one of my favorite things about this book.
This book definitely surprised me. I did not expect to love it as much as I do. The history that’s represented here is one of it’s most compelling elements. I love early-1900s, with the flappers and the speakeasies and gangsters. This book has a really unique magic system, too, which is connected with art (song, poetry, painting, etc). I also really love the two main characters and that they each represent two different perspectives. The story is told from both their points of view and that is another reason why I find the book so compelling.
Thoughts & Thanks!
What were some of your favorite reads this year? Did any of my selections make your list?
Thank you for reading this post. Let’s chat in the comments! And, as always, happy reading!