My Top 10 Favorite Books of the Year

Now that the year is coming to a close, I thought it was about time to list my top 10 favorite books of the year! I’d say I had a pretty good reading year. I have not yet made my Goodreads goal, but I am on track, so hopefully I’ll make it!

Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J. Maas

I’d been looking forward to the final installment in the Throne of Glass series for a long time. I was both excited and intimidated when I learned this big boy would be almost 1000 pages long. That did not stop me from finishing it within a week; it was excellent, and probably one of my top favorite books of the year.

The Kingdom of Copper – S.A. Chakraborty

You know what’s better than a 5 star debut? A 5 star sequel! This book met all my expectations and than continued to exceed them. I waited so long picking up the City of Brass and I will forever be sad about that. Anyway, the Kingdom of Copper is probably one of my most favorite books of the entire year!

Aurora Rising – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

When you finish a book within a day, it’s a good book. I was hooked as soon as I had finished the first page. This story is fast paced, packed with action, and has lots of twists and turns. In true Kaufman and Kristoff fashion, it also ends with an amazing cliffhanger.

We Hunt the Flame – Hafsah Faizal

As soon as I learned about this book, I knew I needed to read it. I love all and any story set in Middle Eastern inspired worlds! I can’t wait for the sequel to come out next year! It’s definitely on my most anticipated 2020 releases list.

Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Yes, another Kaufman – Kristoff book. But they’re just so good! The entire Illuminae series had me on the edge of my seat, but this second installment definitely took the cake in terms of anxiety levels. I know by now that there is a major plot twist in all their books, and right when I thought I figured it out, it turned out to be something entirely different.

Skyward – Brandon Sanderon

Space? Fighting aliens? Badass female MC? Sign me up, please. This has to be one of my top 2019 reads as well. It was so good! I love that our MC was badass on her own, and didn’t need anyone else to validate her. I also like that it didn’t involve romance for a change. Normally I love that in YA, but this story honestly doesn’t need it in order to be good.

Red Rising and Golden Son – Pierce Brown

I’m putting these in one paragraph, because oh boy. Golden Son broke my heart so bad that I still haven’t picked up Morning Star. But don’t let that deter you! These books are excellent works of science fiction. The plot is very intricate and I love that nothing in it is black and white.

Darkdawn – Jay Kristoff

So, by now you must’ve figured out that I really love Jay Kristoff’s books. We got a lot of questions answered in this final installment, which I really appreciate. It had me hooked from the beginning to the end, and once again, plot twists galore.

House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig

The only standalone to make it onto this list is House of Salt and Sorrows. I still recommend it to people at my work whenever I get the chance. It’s one of the best debuts I have ever read. Especially at the end I was feeling completely lost in the plot; nothing seemed real anymore and I didn’t know who or what to believe. It was great.

And that’s it! Did any of these books make it into your top 10 as well? Let me know, I’d love to know if we have any favorites in common!

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  1. December 18, 2019 / 2:08 pm

    I really want to read House of Salt and Sorrows! I’m just getting into the Throne of Glass series. I love Sarah J. Maas’s writing, and fell in love with the first book in the series. Thank for the post, and I adore the little snowflakes!

    • simonevanheijst
      December 18, 2019 / 2:14 pm

      House of Salt and Sorrows is seriously so good! The perfect combination of atmospheric and spooky. And I love all Maas’s writing too! I’m really excited for her adult novel.

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