My Favorite Seven Books Of 2019 (and least favorite books)

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted book-related content but since books are a primary focus of this blog, I thought I’d treat you to a nice wrap-up.

I’m definitely not up for doing a whole-year wrap-up but since there are lots of posts popping up about favorite and least favorite books, I thought I’d hop on the bandwagon!

All of these are in no particular order unless specifically mentioned. And just to be clear, these weren’t necessarily published in 2019 (some of them were, though). These are just books that I loved this year. Also, I’ll be won’t be posting my least favorite books separately but there’ll be a small section for them too!

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MY TOP SEVEN BOOKS OF 2019

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Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

This was an absolute delight to read! Now, at the end of the year, I’m seeing this book in a lot of people’s wrap-ups: there are definitely more of these on disappointing book lists than I thought there would be! But, of course, a book can’t please everyone! Also, it gets extra points for being diverse (gay rep).

Premise in a sentence: The prince of England and the son of the US president fall into an epic and fluffy love affair right before the US elections.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

SoC is an INCREDIBLY hyped book and although it was really amazing and a great book, I don’t think it deserves the title of best diverse YA fantasy. There are a lot more amazing books out there and SoC isn’t #OwnVoices for most of the rep. Despite that, I loved it! It kept me on my toes and deserves a lot of the hype. My only issue was Kaz- I really, really hate him for being a jerk and his relationship with Inej is quite toxic.

Premise in a sentence:ย A ragtag group of gang members and mercenary teenage fighters go on a heist filled with secrets, betrayal, and adventure.

 

We Set The Dark On Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

WSTDOF was a beautifully lesbian book. I loved how the premise didn’t even MENTION it but Carmen and Dani just perfectly fit with each other. It’s gotten some ~not so great~ hype as well, and it definitely isn’t my favorite book of the year (probably more like my least fav 5-star which is still really good!) but I definitely enjoyed the lush and enticing world with its political problems.

Premise in a sentence:ย In a world where every man has two wives, a seemingly perfect political hierarchy is turned upside down when the two wives of one powerful man fall in love with each other.

 

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sรกenz

THIS BOOK. It’s golden and beautiful and turned my heart upside down. Every single character in this book is lovable. EVERY SINGLE ONE. I loved this book so much and Ari and Dante are the cutest couple ever! Plus, it’s #OwnVoices.

Premise in a sentence:ย Two Hispanic boys in 1980s Texas befriend each other: one is solemn, pessimistic, and ‘gloomy’ while the other is peppy, outgoing, and earnest.

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The more that I think about it, this book should have remained a standalone. Its sequel, Legendary, wasn’t as great as this and I couldn’t even finishย Finale.ย However, the setting is MAGICAL and the imagery is amazing. Many people had issues with the main character(s) and, looking back, I agree that the love interest fit the horrid ~bad boy~ trope, but my first impression was of a lush, immersive fantasy with an MC who loves her sister.

Premise in a sentence:ย Two sisters flee their abusive father and end up right in Carnaval, a fantastical (yet dangerous) game of magic, lies, and secrets.

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This- THIS BOOK. This book is everything. It’s definitely a backlist book BUT I LOVED IT SO, SO MUCH. Honestly, this could very well be in my top three books of the year (probably #2). I loved everything about it. It deals with such important, pressing issues and although it’s not for the faint at heart, everyone should read The Hate U Give.

Premise in a sentence:ย After Starr’s childhood friend is shot by the cops in an act of racial violence, she fights to bring justice while managing the rest of her life on a shoestring.


Ok, guys, after typing this and making the graphics, I realized that I forgot perhaps my favorite read of the entire year! So keep in mind that the following book is probably #1 on my list ๐Ÿ˜‰

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

This book is also by Angie Thomas (one of my favorite authors, btw) and IT’S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Not only does it tackle heavy topics (i.e. gentrification, racism, racial-based violence) but it also delves into more nuances and teenage life and although I loved THUG, it was easier to relate to On The Come Up. Also, Bri is so brilliant!! The rapping scenes were TO DIE FOR.

Premise in a sentence: When Bri, daughter of a past underground rap legend, becomes an internet rap sensation overnight, her video also sparks controversy and she is forced to face all the backlash.

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MY LEAST FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2019

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To quickly go over why I didn’t like these books (actually, I only hated one of them. The rest were just meh):

AFTER:ย Horrible trope of ‘bad boy, good girl’. Toxic relationship NOT CHALLENGED. Sexual assault from love interest, NOT CHALLENGED AT ALL urgh. Hate everything about this book but it was addicting. (1 star)

AGAIN BUT BETTER:ย Pretty boring. No substance. Bland MC. Weird time travel aspect at the end (isn’t it supposed to be YA contemporary?) (3 stars)

AUTOBOYOGRAPHY:ย Could’ve been cute. Tanner, the MC, was the cause of a toxic relationship with Seb (pressured love interest to go further than he was comfortable with). Lost the plot about halfway through. (3 stars)

THE CELL PHONE SWAP:ย Also could’ve been cute. Wattpad story. Trashy. Annoying/sweet/aggressive AKA toxic love interest. Bad grammar. (3 stars)

UNDER THE NEVER SKY:ย Kind of boring. Had to read for school. Could’ve been executed better. Some aspects of the story like ‘Aether’ never explained.

FAHRENHEIT 451:ย Very confusing plotline- it was all over the place. Also had to read it for school and annotate it. Some plot points could’ve had potential but were abandoned (e.g. Mildred and the books). Montag was really confusing. Honestly, a lot of it was confusing. (3 stars)

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WHEW, this post is huge! Now I see why people are separating it into two posts. I hope you liked reading this and saw some of your favorite books on here!

This is the last post of the year, and I wish all of you guys a very amazing New Year and new decade!

How many of these books have you read? Were any of the books on my ‘favorites’ on your ‘least favorites’ list or vice versa? What are your plans for celebrating the New Year?

xoxoadiforadi1

25 thoughts on “My Favorite Seven Books Of 2019 (and least favorite books)

      1. It’s been a little while since I’ve read it but I didn’t see it as Tanner pressuring Seb, he was more helping Seb grow into himself and who he is apart from the church. Seb is also quite developed as a character, and I don’t think he would’ve let himself be pressured either. And with Tanner being so infatuated with him, I think it was pretty well done by the authors.

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        1. Ah, I see! Yuppp, that makes sense to me. I do think that although Tanner was pushing Sebastian to grow, it felt forced and it didn’t seem like Seb was ready for that, ig? But I loved the rep and the cuteness haha.

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  1. Ahhh….I definitely agree with you about how good Caraval was (the second and third ones were HORRIBLE though, ๐Ÿ˜”), and now I neeeeeddddd to get my hands on the rest of your faves! You described them all so beautifully ๐Ÿฅบ And ughhh, the books on your least favs definitely donโ€™t sound good at all! I started Again but Better as well, and it was really boring (I DNFโ€™d it but shushhh lol).

    I loved getting all this quality content and your mini reviews are amazing! Hope 2020 will be a great reading year for you ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Ah yes! Omg yes you should- and tell ny how you like all of them!! XD Awh thanks so muchhhh ๐Ÿ’ž Again But Better WAS pretty boring I don’t blame you XD
      Thanks so much! You toooo ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ˜ญ

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  2. Oh, someone else who doesn’t like Kaz! Kaz and Inej were the main reason I actually couldn’t get into the book >_< I didn't get why she would go for him. But I do get why other people liked the book. It just wasn't for me.

    I love your reviews! And oh man. I heard good things about Autoboyography, but if the hero is pressuring the other guy, maybe…maybe not? Yeah, let's not go there.

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    1. Oh, yay, YOU UNDERSTAND MEEEE. Kaz is such a jerk, why does Inej like him?! She’s too good for him haha.
      Thank you! I heard great things about Autoboyography too but I just couldn’t get over the MC pressuring the other guy urgh.

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  3. How did you like Caraval?! Iโ€™m disappointed! *smh* jk but it was not legendary (get it?! Man, Iโ€™m so funny) but yessss for the hate you give & on the come up! ๐Ÿ˜

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  4. Happy New Year. I hope you had a wonderful time and that 2020 is amazing for you ๐Ÿ’•I still need to read most of your favourites – I’ve only read Caracal so far – but most of them are definitely books that I hope to get to this year. I already have Red, White & Royal Blue requested at the library, I just have no idea how long the queue is and I definitely plan to catch up on Leigh Bardugos books before the adaptation comes out. Plus I seriously need to read THUG as I’ve only seen the movie so far but it was amazing. I hope you find even more favourites this year

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    1. Thanks so much! Happy new year to you as well ๐Ÿ™‚ Ah how did you like Caraval? It feels like the magic diminishes each time I talk about it lol. RW&RB was SO cute but I thought it was YA and um… hehe. Oh yeah the SoC adaptation!! I’m excited ๐Ÿคฉ THUG is AMAZING and OTCU is even better. Ooh I need to see the THUG movie too! Thanks so much and you too!

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      1. Thank you (: oh no, that’s a pain. I enjoyed it a lot (maybe not quite as much as I expected to but I did still love it). The setting was fascinating. I really need to reread it though as it was a couple of years ago and now my memories of it are kind of hazy.
        Oh I understand that. I thought it was too until I saw posts mentioning that it wasn’t. It does have a very YA cover though. Me too ๐Ÿ˜ I need some new shows to watch ๐Ÿ˜‚ ooh I’ll have to check out both then (: and I hope you enjoy it when you do see it. Thank you โค๏ธ

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        1. Oh yes, I totally understand that! Caraval had such a great premise though ๐Ÿ˜ญ
          Mhm, RW&B definitely had somewhat of a YA cover! Wish it was marketed better smh. ๐Ÿฅณ THE MANDALORIAN. BECAUSE BABY YODA (sorry I’m in a phase right now and I squeal everytime someone mentions baby yoda ahahha) :)))

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          1. I agree. It’s such a shame when you love the idea of a book but it doesn’t work out how you expect it to.
            Yeah I feel like it must have been intentional? Ah cool, I never really got into Star Wars :L I can imagine Baby Yoda must be quite sweet though.

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            1. Yup, definitely ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Baby Yoda is THE cutest thing (oop I’ve literally only watched the two recent Star Wars movies ahahah so dw) and you don’t even need to be a huge fan to love himmmm *heart eyes eternally*

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  5. I love reading favourite books post so I’m very excited about this!!
    I loved you describe the book premise in one sentence ๐Ÿ˜‚!!
    We have talked about Six of Crows before but I really enjoyed it too but I am with you with it not deserving the most diverse fantasy as there are so many that fit that title better than SoC!!
    I need to read We Set the Dark on Fire!!
    Yes Ari & Dante– I’m forever in love and I’m so glad you are too!! *high five*
    I need to read Angie Thomas’s books– I want to get the American covers though but I’m just being really picky there!! I’m so happy you love her books!!
    I love reading this post so much and Happy New Year!! โค

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    1. Thank you so much, Sophie!
      Ah, ty! I’ve seen it in other blogs and thought it’d be cool to try as well. I’m glad you liked it! โค
      Yesss, we have! But mhm definitely there are more #OwnVoices books out there but SoC is definitely really good.
      Ooh yes, try reading WSTDOF and lemme know what you think of it- it's gotten mixed reviews too. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
      ARI AND DANTE FOREVER. *high fives back*
      Omg yessss and Angie Thomas's books are so, so amazing. I think she's my second favorite author!! (but shhh I don't want anyone to hear me heh) You NEED to read her books (like actually) and I don't own any of them bc y'know, I'm still a teen, but definitely get it from the library if you can't buy them! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Tysm! Happy New Decade toooo ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฅณ

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      1. Yes it was wonderful!! โค
        SoC is great, I'm looking forward for the show. Even if it will be set before the actual book itself!! ๐Ÿ˜‚
        Oh has it?? I will definitely read it and see what I think and of course let you know!! ๐Ÿ™‚
        Yes Ari and Dante are the best!!
        haha second is still a good place, I will have to read them ASAP!! Yeah the library is great, I need to use it more and not just on my phone!!
        Thank you so much!! โค ๐ŸŽ‰

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        1. I don’t know much about the show- I didn’t even know that it’s set before wow! ๐Ÿ˜‚
          Sure โค
          Mhm definitely read her books! They are SO good and I just know that you'll love em ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. I really need to get my reading up sksksksks
    SoC and THUG were both SO GOOD. Caraval was okay, but the series just gets better and better. Finale was one of my best 2019 reads ahhhhh!
    Oh, and After was utter trash. ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ I tried to get through the first few chapters at least, but that didnโ€™t go too well. ๐Ÿ˜›
    Have a great new year! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ’™ Hereโ€™s to me trying to read more in 2020 (typing 2020 feels so weird, wow)

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    1. Heheh skskskksks yes!
      YES. Ah I see lots of ppl had meh-views of Caraval and tbh, it doesn’t sound appealing to read again. Ahah in my opinion I thought Legendary and Finale got worse! Lol that’s funny. (:>)
      After is absolute trash *but why was it so addicting????* I buddy read it with Emma and both of us read all of it and ughhh it was horrible yET ADDICTING. :O
      You too! โค Here's to both of us trying to read more lol. (it DOES amirite?)

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  7. Autoboyography is, weirdly, a book I have really bad memories of but after reading it I rated it four stars, because the hype really influenced me, haha. Either way, I definitely agree with you about the toxic relationship, plus I felt sick about the MC’s parents. From what I got, they had good jobs where they lived, but to get even better jobs they decided to move to a place they themselves disliked and where their son would have to pretend to be straight… really? I would 1000% get this were they struggling (either emotionally or financially) in their previous occupation, but this way… it’s a no from me. I get that they were supportive (in private!!) and all, but to me, that didn’t really change the fact that they knowingly moved to a place where they KNEW their son could not be himself. Either way, sorry for the rant, haha.

    I adore The Hate U Give and Six of Crows, and I thought Caraval was fun, although I never continued the series. Great post! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Ah, yes, I’m so glad someone understands!! That’s exactly how I felt about Autoboyography ( the huge hype + mixed feelings + it was ~sorta cute~ + but it was so uncomfortable). Omg, and yeah! I totally forgot about that. It didn’t make any sense! Poor Tanner (even though I don’t really like him heh) for being forced to pretend and be straight. Yes, if they were struggling that would make sense, but…?!? they’re actually ~rich~?! soooo :/ smh. I’m glad they’re supportive, BUT STILL. Oh no I really enjoyed reading your thoughts! It’s enlightening ๐Ÿ˜€
      THUG and SoC are both amazing (THUG and OTCU foreverrr). I would say that you should continue the Caraval series, but there are so many great books and finishing the series shouldn’t be your top priority cuz imo, they only get worse haha ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Thanks SO much for the comment, Veronika! I loved reading it ack โค

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