Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @That Artsy reader Girl. She provides us with prompts to write a bookish list. Personally, I don’t participate every week, just when I like a certain prompt or can twist it in some fun way.
This week we got “Favorite books I read in 2019”. Since I didn’t really feel like doing the standard list, I decided to go with an award style post, talking about my favorite and least favorite books that fit specific categories. I’ll be answering these same questions from now on at the end of each year … I hope.
The little […] will bring you to the Goodreads page!
It’s a bit of a longer post, I hope you’ll enjoy!
Instantly we have such a tough question. The majority of my books were thrillers and I like these three all for specific things
The Whisper Man by Alex North || Specific scenes were downright scary, it actually freaked me out. Listening to the audio sitting still, eyes wide, completely in it. I also loved the ending. BUT the plot was kind of lacking & it didn’t all make sense to me as a whole. I’m also sure I wouldn’t have been so freaked out if I wasn’t listening to the audiobook. Reading about a creepy dude is one thing, but hearing a creepy dude whisper in your ear is quite something else. […]
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides || The most edge of your seat thriller I read this year. I was the most invested, the most interested in the psychology talk and the characters. Was completely tricked by it and shocked at the reveal. BUT I’m not sure I liked the direction it took in general (do i like that this was what was happening?) and think some things don’t add up. […]
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendriks & Sarah Pekkanen || The plot was really well crafted and in my eyes, this was the most impressive book overall. With multiple unexpected revelations throughout and everything fitting together in a very satisfyingly in the end. BUT I wasn’t compulsively reading this, completely shocked (I even figured out the first main plot twist from the very beginning) or actually scared like with the other two. […]
You tell me: which one sounds like my favorite? I sure don’t know.
Favorite Contemporary or Realistic Fiction
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman || This book was sooooo impressive. I can’t get over it. I will keep talking about it forever. It’s such a ‘mundane’ story in that it’s about the everyday life of a lonely woman (going to work, doing groceries, getting through the weekend), yet it’s so special and powerful. It really shows how much human connection can do for a person, how we all need it and how sometimes unlikely friendships are the best ones. Go read it if you haven’t already. […]
None? At least none that weren’t re-reads. This year I barely read any fantasy. I read only 2 new fantasy books and they were both three stars. So my favorite fantasy was re-reading 3 of the Harry Potter books through the audiobook?
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid || This book really doesn’t need any more hype than it has already gotten. If you haven’t read it I’m sure you’re sick and tired of all of us shoving it in your face. I’m just here to say that if you have still yet to pick it up, please try the audiobook! It has a full cast of characters and this formate works so well with the story. It’s basically a bunch of interviews with all the band members and they keep retelling the same events differently like they probably would in real life. With the audiobook, hearing talk snarky about each other is really funny and I think it wouldn’t be as entertaining to read with your eyeballs as to hear it. […]
Best Graphic Novel, Manga, or Comic
Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama || Again, one I will not shut up about. I know not everyone enjoys these kinds of books, but hear me out. If there’s one manga or graphic novel you want to try and you enjoy magic and witches, please try this one. The art is to die for; while reading I keep showing everyone. It’s about apprentice witches in a world where you do magic by drawing an assortment of symbols in circles and the type of ink changes things and there are evil witches and PLEASE TRY IT! […]
Most Impressive Debut
I would pick Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine again but I kind of want to show off different books so:
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land || This was such an impressive thriller. Reading from the perspective of a serial killers child was SO interesting. The book starts with her turning in her mother, and of course this brings about some conflicting emotions. I loved how this also explored so many feelings. It was also VERY dark and disturbing without using gory or graphic scenes as a shock factor, which was a nice change. […]
New Auto-buy Authors
I plan to pick up any future books by Gail Honeyman, Alex North, Alex Michaelides, Ali Land, and Taylor Jenkins Reid (the last one mainly if it’s historical fiction similar to her latest two books).
Favorite Main Character
Again, officially my answer would have to be Eleanor Oliphant from… Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, but if I’d have to pick someone else:
Stevie from the Truly Devious Trilogy by Maureen Johnson || This might be a bit of a more shallow pick. She isn’t the most complicated or interesting character to read about, but she was very likable and fun to follow around. Throughout the series I keep rooting for her and i want things to work out for her. I also remembered her name even though I haven’t read these books since February, which says a lot in itself. […]
Joe from You by Caroline Kepnes || I mean… Joe is the perfect villain if you ask me. He’s such a classic psychopath, one with a HUGE ego. He thinks he’s above it all. He is delusional most of the time and above all else, extremely creepy. Yet he manages to be so charming? I guess it fits with the whole psychopath thing. He knows exactly what to say and how to manipulate people. Reading this entire book from his perspective was the best and worst thing at the same time, and I loved it. […]
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough || This book is something else, people. When they wrote “this is the most shocking end you’ll read all year” on the front of it they really meant it with this one. It’s polarizing to say the least. When I first finished it I was pissed off… but then I could only appreciate it for being so unique and doing something so ‘out there’. I sure won’t forget this one any time soon. […]
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon || One day I let my fiancé pick a random book off my shelf to read and he chose this. I’m a self-proclaimed grumpy grandma when it comes to romance. I’m too skeptical about everything, I get annoyed, I lose interest. So I was scared to get into it, but it was everything I needed exactly at the right time. Yes it was extremely cheesy and everything worked out way too conveniently, but it also had way more meaningful discussions than I had anticipated and it was just… entertaining? I was pleasantly surprised! […]
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn || THIS WAS NOT BAD. By no means. Gone Girl is the book that got me back into reading, so I was so excited for her other books. I was enjoying it a lot. It was dark and had interesting, unlikable characters. But then the unthinkable happened… about 100 pages from the end, I realized I had seen the movie a few years ago… and I suddenly remembered everything that was about to happen. I. was. so. disappointed. […]
Paperweight by Meg Haston|| Screw my own rules, I’m picking this re-read. This book is one of my favorite books ever. It’s a hard-hitting book about a girl who is dealing with an eating disorder, as well as a lot of grief and anger. We follow her as she goes to an inpatient treatment facility. Meg Haston really has a talent for describing these complicated thoughts and emotions. It also contains a positive relationship between the main character and her therapist, which I find is often lacking. You can see so much development in the main character as she starts to come to terms with some of the things that happened. […]
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo || Oh the controversy… I can see the angry herds of people. Everybody just seems to love this book, yet it didn’t work for me at all. It’s about a teen mother who wants to work hard to become a chef. Which is great! I picked it up because it sounded great, but it just fell so flat for me. Every ‘challenge’ the main character faced was solved without conflict (am I really meant to believe her daughter never acts up and free money just find its way to her?). The love interest came out of nowhere and there was just nothing in general that really touched me? But don’t let me stop you from picking it up, because I’m definitely in the small minority here! […]
Because You Love to Hate me By 13 YA authors, edited by Amerie || This book took me forever to read. I read the first few stories before 2019, put it down and picked it back up this March. I finished it this month. December. Let that sink in. It took me AGES. Anthologies are so difficult because there will always be things you don’t like. Yet some things are great. That’s exactly how this was. I loved Amerie’s story, was enthralled by Victoria Scwab’s and thoroughly enjoyed Nicola Yoon’s. The rest was a drag to get through, made me bored me or roll my eyes. But the positive, I felt SO accomplished when I finally finished it, and I’m still glad I read it for those few stories. […]
Those were my picks for this Top Ten Tuesday. My 2019 Bookish Awards. Now tell me…
Have you read any of these books?
What was your absolute favorite? What was the biggest surprise?
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful last day of the year!
Other posts in my 2019 wrap-up/beginning of 2020 series: