My Top Reads for 2019


It’s a new year & I made a Favorites list for 2019.

I read 82 books, 14 of which were re-reads. There were some amazing books published this year that made my heart so happy (note: not all books I read were published in 2019).

So without further ado, let’s get to the good stuff.

  • My Top 20 list.
  • Honorable mention list.
  • My re-read list.

These are not in any order–as my favorites change week by week. And there were many other 5-star rated books I read that didn’t make this list…but were awesome, still the same. I just narrowed down to my favorite of the favorites.

2019 – My Top 20 Reads

  1. Martin Luther King Jr. Autobiography (memoir – audio) – This might be my #1 pick because it was incredibly inspiring. I listened to it and loved the rare recordings of Martin Luther giving his actual speeches.
    2. The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon (Fantasy romance) – Super unique world-building and fantastic characters. I love everything this author puts out, but her fantasies are some of my favorites.
    jack3. Finding Jack by Melanie Jacobson (Contemporary romance) – It’s hard to rate my favorite contemporary romance (because there are so many), but this might win. It was super unique and surprised me in the best of ways. There was a lot of depth to it, but the author still made me laugh. I love that combo in a book.
    4. What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon (Irish Historical romance) – Another one by Amy. This setting was hard not to like and the story was based on questions from the author’s family history research, which I adored. You can’t go wrong with an Amy Harmon book. Her books make you a better person.
    5. Oathbringer (Stormlight series #3) by Brandon Sanderson (epic fantasy) – Okay, warning: this author writes humongous books. You have to patiently wade through a bunch of set up in each book…and it’s easy to want to give up. But if you plow through, the characters will come alive and you will be blown away. I was. This series has some incredible scenes that made me want to weep and soar to the heavens. Great world-building and some of the most unique characters I’ve ever read about.
    6. newjan4#Awestruck by Sariah Wilson (Contemporary/Sports romance) – I love this authors stories. She writes great sports romances that make me laugh and smile a lot.
    7. Starbreaker by Sheralyn Pratt (Thriller) – This is part of the Pimpernel series, which is fantastic! So many puzzles to solve and mysteries to unravel.
    8. My Not So Wicked Stepbrother by Jennifer Peel (contempoary) – This author has an incredible gift. She’s written 28 books and I’ve read every one. She has a gift for storytelling which appeals to my perfect idea of a romance–hence–she wins a lot of spots in my lists.
    9. 21 Days Closer to Christ by Emily Freeman (Inspirational) – great book to increase your relationship with our Savior. This isn’t a boring book, but a friendly book with great stories and ideas to put into practice to improve your heart and attitude.
    10. IMG-1487My Not So Wicked Ex-Fiance by Jennifer Peel (Contemporary) – See! Another one by Peel. I really do love her books.
    11. Dryer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity & Style by Benjamin Dryer (Editing) – Yes, an editing book made my list, because this author was hilarious. It takes talent to write awesome editing advice and make me laugh, too.
    12. Suffering the Scot by Nichole Van (Historical) – Fun Regency. Like Peel, I love Nichole Van’s books too (as will be seen in my reread list)
    13. The Friend Zone by Sariah Wilson (Contemporary/Sports) – Another one by Sariah Wilson. I do have my favorites. I didn’t ever say this was a non-biased list, although I have never met Sariah…or Nichole. I have met Jennifer, and she is a lovely person…but I loved her books even before I met her…so there. 🙂
    14. IMG-1983The Redgrave Murders by A.L.Sowards (historical murder-mystery) – I loved the unique concept of this story and the American Indian hero back in the mid 1900’s. I read this one twice.
    15.Elizabeth Smart: My Story (nonfiction) – I listened to this one. Elizabeth is the narrator, which made it amazing. Though graphic and at times painful to listen to her traumatic experience, she inspired me as well. Super good.
    16. My Not So Wicked Boss by Jennifer Peel (contemporary forbidden romance) – Another one by the lovely Jennifer Peel. This one has an English hero–who doesn’t like that?
    17. Hooked by Les Edgerton (Writing) – If you’re not a writer, skip this one. If you like to write, this was a great book that taught me a lot.
    18. IMG-2242Heart Thief by Taylor Dean (contemporary forbidden romance) – Ah, this one was super fun, yet dealt with the topic of depression as well. This author is talented! This is the first in the Love Under Wraps series (mine, just out this month, is the last).
    19. Rules are Made to be Broken by Mylissa Demeyere (contemporary forbidden romance). The 2nd in the Love Under Wraps series. It was so fun working with Mylissa (pronounced Melissa) and Taylor on this series.
    20. The Lost Girls of Paris– Pam Jenoff (historical romance WWII) – read this for book group. It’s a great spy novel about women in WWII, based on truth.

Honorable Mention:

  1. A Proper ScandalCinder (The Lunar Chronicles) – Marissa Meyer (YA Dystopian)
    2.Flame and Ember – MA Nichols (Regency marriage of convenience)
    3. Return to Sender – Jennifer Peel (contemporary romance)
    4. Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate (Women’s Fiction)
    5. Educated by Tara Westover (Non-Fiction/Memoir)
    6. The Selection series (all 5) by Kiera Cass (Dystopian YA)
    7. The Unveiling – Tamara Leigh (medieval romance)
    8. A Proper Scandal by Esther Hatch (Regency)
    9. Rearview Mirror by Stephanie Black (Mystery-suspense-romance)
    10. Relatively Normal by Whitney Dineen (Chick Lit)

Awesome books I reread:

Sometimes, I get in a book rut after reading some so-so books that really don’t do anything for me. That’s when I reread books I know I already loved…to get me in a happy mood for reading again. And these are all amazing! (Sorry I didn’t link them to Goodreads. I got tired after doing the 30 above).

  1. setThe Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
  2. The Queen’s Cure by Amy Harmon
  3. Intertwine by Nichole Van
  4. Divine by Nichole Van
  5. Clandestine by Nichole Van
  6. Refine by Nichole Van
  7. Outshine by Nichole Van
  8. The Secretive Wife by Jennifer Peel
  9. Christopher and Jaime by Jennifer Peel
  10. The Girl in Seat 24B by Jennifer Peel
  11. Gladly Beyond by Nichole Van
  12. Love’s Shadow by Nichole Van
  13. A Different Blue by Amy Harmon
  14. How to Get over your Ex in 90 Days by Jennifer Peel


What about you? Did you have a happy year in books? What were some of your favorites in 2019? Do you have any fun reading challenges for 2020? Let me know in the comments.



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