#1: What Remains by Carol Radziwill
#1: Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist
#2: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
#1: Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn Dingman
#2: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
#3: A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
#1: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
#2: Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup
#3: The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams
#1: My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
#2: Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge
#3: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
(Just click on the month to read my review.)
One Day in December by Josie Silver
The Spy and The Traitor by Ben Macintyre
Verity by Colleen Hoover
Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson
The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
The Accidental Beauty Queenby Teri Wilson
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
Vertical Marriage by Dave and Ann Wilson
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand
The Southern Side of Paradise by Kristy Woodson Harvey
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
So, out of the bunch? Which ones did I love the most? Let’s recap a bit before I get to that…
This year might have been my biggest year of highs and lows in the reading department. I read some really amazing books (A Woman is No Man!) and some horrible books (I’m talking to YOU, Verity!). My two favorite books of the year were EASY for me to pick. From the minute I put them down after the last page, I knew “they were the ones”, but that third place spot was harder for me. I read several that could have easily been my third favorite book of the year. I know this is going to look excessive, but I truly considered all of these for third place and therefore, want you to consider them too!
Here we go…
A Woman is No Man: Yes, read it. Today.
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: The best memoir I’ve read all year!
The Spy and The Traitor: I remember where I was when I read one part of this true story that made me physically shake uncontrollably. I was so nervous about what was happening in the book that I was reading and shaking. I loved this one so much that Andrew read it too this year. Fantastic!
The Mother-in-Law: I adore all Sally Hepworth books, but this one right here, I didn’t see coming. Brilliant.
Summer of ’69: Awe! My favorite author, Elin Hilderbrand, almost made it into my TOP THREE (something that’s never happened before!). I was weary of this one at first as I typically don’t like books set outside of present day, but I loved this one!! Loved it!
Night Road: I have thought about this novel so many times since I put it down. Even though it’s a work of fiction, I have put myself in many of the characters’ positions since reading it. What would I do? How would I act? How would I handle that? This one has long since stuck with me.
American Royals: This absolutely would have been my third favorite book of the year had it had one more chapter. Or maybe three more? I loved this story! I thought it was clever, original and just plain FUN! The end is abrupt because…apparently, there is a sequel, so that’s what kicked it out of the third spot for me, but if you’re just looking for some great chick-lit, here you go!
Ask Again, Yes: This one has stuck with me too. I was a little hesitant to dive into this one because it seemed heavier than I normally like, but friends, I loved it. This story was gripping and raw, and I’m so happy you encouraged me to try it.
So, those are my runners up for third place this year. You should go ahead and read them ALL!
Now, are you ready to see which three books made my faves?!
Without further ado, MY THIRD FAVORITE BOOK OF 2019 IS…
Eeeeeeeks! I loved this one!!!! Now, we all know I love author Taylor Jenkins Reid (her book One True Loves was my very favorite book of 2017!), but this novel right here was nothing short of an experience! Between the quirky and original way it was written (interview style, not like an actual novel) to the way the author included original lyrics to music in the story, I found it BRILLIANT! I thought the characters were interesting, complicated, original, funny, serious, real…all of it. It took me a hot minute to get the tempo of reading this (because it does not read like any other book), but once I did, I was sucked in. Part of what makes one of my books “a top three” is how often I recommend it to family/friends/readers and this one right here, I’ve recommended a hundred times. You can read my original review HERE from May, but friends, this is a wild ride with Daisy Jones and The Six that you don’t want to miss!
Okay, this next book immediately jumped to the top of my list and never one time wavered this year.
My SECOND FAVORITE BOOK OF 2019 is…
Without any doubts.
Everyone should read this book.
You can read my full review HERE of this book from February, but friends, I cannot say enough things about this true story. I loved this book so much and talked about it so often that Andrew read this one too in 2019. This is a terrible story but filled with so much hope and perseverance. This story is a true testament to what humans are capable of…both good and evil. I cannot imagine you reading this and not walking away at least a little changed. It was the kind of story that you felt honored to read. Love, love, love.
Whew! How do I follow that? WITH MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2019!
The minute I finished this one, it flew to the top of the list and never one time budged.
MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2019 is…
Oh my gosh! Where do I even begin?! I loved this novel so much!! It was the most unexpected book I read all year, and I adored it!!! You can read my full review HERE, but this fictional story toggles back and forth between WWII and present day…and they’re both equally fantastic. This story is tragic and beautiful, it’s raw, it’s complex, it’s amazing, it’s surprising, it’s about hope, moving on, letting go, finding out why, accepting the past AND accepting the present…it’s just phenomenal. When one of your very favorite authors (I’m talking to you, Sally Hepworth!) tells you to read a book YOU READ THE BOOK and because of that recommendation I read and loved this book the most in 2019. I hope you all read The Things We Cannot Say!
That’s it! That’s a wrap up and review of all of the books I read this year! I would venture to say that 85% of them came as recommendations from YOU, so thank you so much!!!
Now, I’m getting my list together of books to read the rest of this month and into January, so here’s what I want to know…WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2019? That’s going to hopefully help me find my favorite book of 2020.
Thank you for reading with me this year! Thank you for always making these posts so much fun!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything! I will see you back here tomorrow for our last What’s Up Wednesday of 2019! xo
To see the complete list of books I read in 2016 (all 62 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2017 (all 62 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2018 (all 61 of them), click here.