I know I say this every year, but this really is one of my favorite posts of the year. What book blogger doesn’t love talking about their favorite books??? I was afraid I might not find as many great books as usual this year since I wasn’t able to read as many, but it turns out I went for quality over quantity because I still found so many amazing ones. So here are my
top ten top eleven favorites from my 2019 reading!
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
This sequel (in a fantastic historical fantasy series about djinn) was so complex and so well-written, and it completely sucked me in. It’s over 600 pages long, but not for a single moment was I bored or wanting it to end because the whole thing was amazing.
Salt Magic, Skin Magic by Lee Welch (Audiobook)
I just loved everything about this standalone historical fantasy romance. The writing was wonderful, the narration was fantastic, there was humor, the characters were lovable, their romance was sexy with great chemistry, and the “reveal” at the end was perfect and made it all make sense in the best way.
Arcadia Trust Series by Christian Baines
I enjoyed all three books in this dark-ish m/m vampire series so far (the first two of which were rereads), but each book was better than the last, and the third one especially gripped me with its interesting characters, unique relationship dynamics, and complex plot.
Static by L.A. Witt (Audiobook)
I loved all the exploration of gender and sexuality in this book, and it was also a great story with great characters and a super sweet, healthy relationship.
Thieves Series by Lexi Blake
This year marks the fifth time I’ve read this paranormal romance/urban fantasy series. I’ve never read any other series or book that many times. I just love these characters so much, and this has definitely become a comfort read for me.
Captives by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
The Hell Divers series has been consistently great, and this addition to the post-apocalyptic series had me gripped and feeling all sorts of emotion for the characters.
Loom Saga by Elise Kova
If I had to describe these books with two words, they would be interesting and unique. The world, the dragons, the magic, the characters—they all fit that description, and the author did a great job with the whole story.
Strays by A.J. Thomas (Audiobook)
This m/m paranormal romance was just so darn sweet while also seeming so grounded and believable. It gave me all the good feels and left me with a smile on my face.
The Last Hope by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Although I had some issues with this YA sci-fi book, it makes the cut on this list for how much it affected me emotionally and how much I cared for these characters and all their complex romantic, platonic, and family relationships.
Simon Snow Series by Rainbow Rowell
I don’t read YA that much anymore, and I’m not always a fan of popular, hyped books, so I wasn’t expecting to love these the way that I did! But I just adored Simon and Baz and their imperfect relationship. Both books had lovable characters, a cool magic system, and great stories that made me want to keep reading.
Baal’s Heart Series by Bey Deckard (Audiobook)
And now for my #1 favorite of the year! Once or twice a year I’ll come across a book or series that just blows me away. This m/m/m high fantasy was that series this year. These pirates were not always the best people, but they wormed their way into my heart (oh, who am I kidding, I loved Tom from the start), and I adored their angst-filled polyamorous relationship. I was sad to say goodbye to them when the books were finished. Also, the narration was phenomenal.
I didn’t watch any movies that I really LOVED this year, but I did find a series! I loved all four seasons of Lucifer that are currently out, and each season (except maybe the fourth) had one episode that nearly or did make me cry. This is a show that has literally everything I love in TV series: humor, emotion, and fantastic characters I really care about. If you have Netflix, I highly recommend trying it. (And if I haven’t convinced you yet, maybe that picture of Tom Ellis will.)
I only got to play one full new game this year, but I did really like it! It was eerie and had a cool sorta gameplay I’ve never seen before with the dialogue choices.
Mission to ZYXX
I started listening to podcasts this year, and I’m enjoying almost all of them, but Mission to ZYXX is the one that makes me laugh the most, and I always look forward to listening to the next episode.