My Favorite Books of 2019

Yesterday I shared my most disappointing reads of 2019, and even though it was an overall disappointing year, I did read a few books I really loved. So, here are my favorite books of 2019.

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The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter

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In the Dark by Cara Hunter

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Dark Age by Pierce Brown

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Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

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Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

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The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

What are some of your favorite books of 2019?

Most Disappointing Reads of 2019

I feel like 2019 was an overall disappointing reading year for me. There were several books I was really looking forward to and they just let me down. The following are the books I had the highest expectations for and ended up giving only 2 or 3 stars.

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey

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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

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Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins

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Woman in the Water by Katerina Diamond

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The Map from Here to There by Emery Lord

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

What are some of your disappointing reads from 2019?

2019 Recap

Happy New Year, bookworms! I’ve been loving everyone’s end of year posts and their fun graphics. I’m not going to get anywhere near involved as most of you have, but I still wanted to come up with some of my basic stats for 2019.

2019 Recap

In 2019 I read 143 books. 5 of those were Re-reads. I DNF-ed 17 books (not included in the 143)!

Adult: 105
New Adult: 4
Young Adult: 34

Ratings 

4.5 Stars: 2
4 Stars: 55
3.5 Stars: 24
3 Stars: 44
2.5 Stars: 6
2 Stars: 10
1 Star: 2

Book Source:

Library: 42
NetGalley:  53
Kindle Unlimited: 31
Own/Borrow/Other: 17

Reviews

I published 61 reviews (plus 5 that are scheduled to post in 2020).

Most Viewed:
(These honestly really surprised me!)

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett


Most Read Author:

Lauren Layne and R.S. Grey – 6 books each

You can check out my whole year in books Here:

Later this week I’ll be sharing my most disappointing books of 2019 and also my favorites.

I hope you are all as ready to say goodbye to 2019 as I am. Bring on 2020!

December 2019 Recap

I hope you all had a good holiday season! I had a lot of fun. A couple weekends before Christmas I got to have an early celebration with my mother, aunt, and both siblings and their families (the first time we’ve had the Canadians home for Christmas in many years). The weekend before Christmas I celebrated with most of my extended family in my aunt and uncle’s new home – a log cabin in the middle of nowhere, which is kind of the picture perfect Christmas location, isn’t it? On Christmas Eve/Day I celebrated with my Mom and we had a very chill, low-key couple of days. I was also off of work the whole week of Christmas, which was so, so nice.

Christmas Book Haul

I received these beautiful Jane Austen books. The pictures do not do them justice. I also received No Way Out by Cara Hunter (I’m saving it to be my first book of 2020), Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters, and Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills.

Books Read: 13

Adult: 10
New Adult: 1

Young Adult: 2

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

  Books Reviewed: 3

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters – 2.5/5 Stars

The Map from Here to There (The Start of Me and You #2) by Emery Lord – 3/5 Stars

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher – 3/5 Stars

Books Read in 2019 Overall: 142

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Other Posts:

November 2019 Recap

WWW Wednesday: December 4, 2019

WWW Wednesday: December 11, 2019

WWW Wednesday: December 18, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Kindle Unlimited Books of 2019

Merry Christmas

Happy New Year!

Reviewing the Unreviewed: December 2019

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. Reviewing the Unreviewed is my monthly post where I share my few thoughts on all the books I didn’t formally review.

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His Royal Highness by R.S. Grey. Read November 22-December 1. 3.5 Stars. 

It took awhile to get into this, but I did end up enjoying it overall. I had a hard time with Whitney for about the first half of the book, but I did ship grown up Whitney and Derek together and I liked the theme park setting.

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Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey. Read December 1. 4 Stars. 

I love a good Friends-to-More story and this was pretty cute. Sam was a little over dramatic, but other than that I found her likable enough and I liked Ian a lot. Though there were a few things I had issues with here and there, this is the first book in a long time that has really caught my interest and didn’t let go. I read it in a day, so it’s getting 4 stars from me.

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The Allure of Julian LeFray by R.S. Grey. Read December 1-3. 4 Stars. 

I enjoyed this. The characters were likable and I thought they went really well together. I honestly expected a lot more angst in their relationship than there was and I liked that. The one thing that brought it down for me was the whole “janitor gets put in a high fashion runway show” thing. Just a little too unbelievable. I also would’ve liked more of an epilogue for the relationship between Julian and Jo. I know that they’ll show up in the next book, but I’m a little hesitant to read it because of how much I disliked Lily in this book. I’m not sure I can take a whole book of her.

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Enemies by Tijan. Read December 6-7. 3.5 Stars

My first Tijan book. It took me a bit to click with her writing style, but I enjoyed the book, overall. Dusty was super frustrating, but she made some progress throughout the story. I thought the portrayal of depression and anxiety was really well done. And while I had issues with their relationship at times, I did ship Dusty and Stone.

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Faking Under the Mistletoe by Ashley Shepherd. Read December 7-10. 4 Stars. 

I enjoyed this a lot. There was some great banter and plenty of cute moments. I thought Olivia and Asher were really good together and they gave me some The Hating Game vibes, which I loved. It did feel a little unfocused at times, though, and I could have done with Olivia being a less less pervy sometimes. Overall, though, it was cute and definitely one I recommend.

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Girl in Luv (In Luv Duet #1) by Jay Crownover and Rebecca Yarros. Read December 10-12. 3.5 Stars. 

First off, I absolutely love the cover for this so much. I thought the main characters were likable and enjoyed their fake relationship. I expected this to be really angsty, but it wasn’t and I liked that. I was kind of bored for large parts of it, though. There really wasn’t much to it, but it was an easy read. I do plan on reading the next book.

I do have one little rant, though. This series is on Kindle Unlimited right now, but apparently you originally had to pre-order a book from one of the authors to get it as a bonus and to get the second book in the series you had to pre-order a book from the other author. I don’t like that at all. What if you loved this story, but had zero interest in the book you had to pre-order to get the second half of this story? It just seems wrong to me.

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Inside Out by Demi Moore. Read December 16-17. 4 Stars. 

I’ve never been a huge Demi Moore fan, but I was still really looking forward to reading this book. She definitely has led a crazy life and has overcome a lot of dysfunction. I appreciated that she was willing to really lay everything out in the open. She did take responsibility for a lot of things she did wrong, but there were a few times where she really painted herself as the victim, much like her mother did, and didn’t seem to recognize that. (There were also many, many times where she was definitely a victim of an atrocity and I am not talking about those instances in her youth here.) Overall, I enjoyed this book and learning more about Demi.

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Boy in Luv (In Luv Duet #2) by Jay Crownover and Rebecca Yarros. Read December 18-19. 3 Stars. 

Pretty slow-paced and not a lot happened. It wasn’t bad, but this isn’t a series I would pick up again.

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The Boss Who Stole Christmas (Reindeer Falls #1) by Jana Aston. Read December 21. 3 Stars. 

This had some cute moments and for the most part I liked the relationship between the main characters. It’s a short book, though, and while that has it’s merits, I don’t feel like I got enough time to really get invested in them. There was also a sex scene in a church I found a little offensive. I don’t see myself continuing the series, but this wasn’t bad for a KU pick.

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The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen. Read December 22-23. 4 Stars. 

This author’s usual Romance books aren’t really for me, but Deanna suggested this YA book to me awhile ago and I finally gave it a try and I really loved it! It totally broke me out of my book slump. Very addictive writing with just the right amount of angst. There were plenty of frustrating moments – like the fact that Rachel and her father, Fredrick, don’t have an actual real discussion about why it took almost 18 years for him to meet her until after the 90% mark – but there were lots of cute and sweet moments that helped make up for it. I loved Jake a lot, especially his e-mails from the beginning. One thing I was missing, though, was the emotion from Rachel losing her mother. Maybe it’s because the story starts out after she has already passed, but I felt it should have been a lot more emotional than it was. For me, though, the emotional connection didn’t come until much later as she worked through her relationship with her father. Overall, this was a very different book than I expected it to be, but I really enjoyed it and am sorry I waited so long to read it.

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Kissmas Eve by M.E. Carter and Sara Ney. Read December 25-26. 2.5 Stars.

This was a short Christmas-Office-Romance. There were some funny moments, but overall I thought it was kind of cheesy and rushed and I didn’t really buy the romance.

*****Back on the TBR*****

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Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen. I really thought this would be right up my alley, but I had a hard time getting into it and only read two chapters. I do hope to give it another try some day, though.

*****DNF*****

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The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart. DNF at 6%. Maybe if I wasn’t in such a mood I would give this one more of a chance, but I couldn’t even make myself finish the first chapter of this.

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The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan. DNF @ 4%. I thought there was a good probability I would DNF this book, but I didn’t guess it would be for political reasons. Too much of that in real life, I don’t want it in my books.

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Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson. DNF @ 8%. I read one chapter and kind of hated everything about it. I was going to try to read at least one more chapter, but now my library loan has expired and I know I’m never going to request this one again.

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The Allure of Dean Harper by R.S. Grey. DNF @ 14%. Yeah, no. I tried, but I can’t do this one. A couple chapters in where Dean goes on and on about how he only hires attractive people to work in his restaurants and even says it goes looks first and then experience when it comes to the hiring process just came off as so disgusting to me. And then there’s Lily. I thought I was going to have problems with her based on the previous book and I was right. Anybody who has ever worked in the service industry knows that you are going to have to deal with a lot of horrible customers and that you have to suck it up and do your job, no matter how much of a jerk they are. And while Dean was deliberately trying to fluster her, I think he was 100% in his right to fire her for her behavior and it REALLY annoyed me that he came off as the bad guy in that scenario (and it was just before that that I decided he was disgusting and didn’t like him, so that really says something that I feel the need to defend him).

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A Billion Times No by Kenzie Reed. DNF @ 33%. I thought this sounded kind of cute, but it’s just really not for me. I don’t really care for any of the characters and there’s some major cheesiness going on.

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Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. DNF @ 19%. I thought this sounded cute and I have heard good things about it, but the main character is just driving me absolutely nuts.

*****Books with Future Reviews Scheduled*****

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Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson – 3.5 Stars

The Better Liar by Tanen Jones – 2 Stars