Top 5 Wednesdays: Best Books of 2019

Hello, friends! Welcome back for another Top 5 Wednesday! I think it is odd that I did a Top Ten Tuesday yesterday and I am doing this post today just because I hate ranking things and I have spent two days straight attempting to sort of kind of rank things. Is this character growth? This could be character growth. Amazing. Anyways, for today’s post I am going to be attempting to talk about five of the best books I have read in 2019. I say attempt because I have thought about this all night and only managed to come up with three definite answers and then two ? answers, but I will do my best to come up with two more and stick to them.

Top 5 Wednesdays come from a Goodreads group dedicated to creating prompts for bloggers/youtubers/other things maybe. The group is currently on hiatus for the summer, but the host encouraged people to look back upon older prompts. I had planned to just do the prompts from each past year for each month (like June 2019 would use June 2018 prompts), but I have decided that I am going to let myself chose my favorite of several prompts. Today’s post is from July 2018 with the year changed to 2019 because I can barely come up with five from this year, much less last year.

Anyways, onto the list.

 I. The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clareredscrolls

I feel like I put this book and or Alec Lightwood on almost every post I write, so this answer shouldn’t really come as a surprise. I attempted to write a review for this book when I first read it the weekend after it came out and it turned into a rambling mess, but you can read it here if you want. In case you don’t want to (I don’t blame you), I will give you my highlights. Basically, Alec was there. Helen was there. Aline was there and being a stressed out baby gay. There was Haline content. Basically this book gave me all I wanted and more. I am still not over it. I mean, a shadowhunter book that doubles as a fun vacation around Europe (well, fun until a demon cult attempted to ruin everything)? Sign me all the way up forever.

II. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuistonredwhiteandroyalblue

I just want to say that if Red Scrolls did not have Haline content, this would most likely be the first on this list. I have been meaning to reread this one since I finished it but I sadly haven’t gotten around to it yet, I will soon though. I feel like everyone and their mother has been talking about this one, but if you didn’t know, this is a romcom in which the FSOTUS and one of the Princes of England fall in love after they are forced to pretend to be friends following a “cake gate.” It’s got politics, turkeys (well, one turkey), hate to love, secret somewhat forbidden romance, an amazing group chat, supportive parents and siblings (on one side at least), and so so much more that I would love for everyone to enjoy. Please read this book. Also I wrote a review of this one here if you’re interested in reading it.

III. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer


I feel like in the least on brand thing for me is how little I talk about this book. Like, it’s by Brigid Kemmerer and that automatically means I need to talk about it a lot but I haven’t? Like maybe once or twice in February right after I read it, but since then, not really. I honestly don’t remember much about this book other than one specific scene towards the end which is a shame and I guess it means I have no choice other than to reread it soon. Either way, this was a definite five star read and I loved it a whole lot, I would recommend it to everyone but especially people who like beauty and the beast.

IV. House Without Walls by Ching Yeung Russell 


This is another book I don’t talk about nearly enough, in fact I only think I have mentioned it in a wrap up so far. This is a middle grade book written in verse that follows a group of Vietnamese refugees fleeing the communist regime. I cannot properly express how important I find this book, especially given that it is middle grade. I spoke about this point in my review, but especially since this is a middle grade novel, I think it will create an opportunity for young children to learn about others struggles and create some empathy. I just really enjoyed this book and I wish I had spoken about it more, but it is not too late.

V. More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer


This is another one I don’t talk about enough. If nothing else, this post has made me realize that I basically just talk about Elementals and TSC which like, is my brand but maybe I should switch it up every once and awhile. Anyways, this is the only non-2019 release on this list which is odd because I didn’t realize how many new releases I had read this year. Anyways, this is a Brigid Kemmerer contemporary which are always my jam. I chose this one of the three I have read this year because I just loved every second of this one (almost, there was one slight problem but we won’t focus on it). Matthew in particular was my favorite, but once again, I don’t remember much about this book. I should really start keeping notes while I read or something. This is technically a second book in a series, but it can also stand alone if you don’t want to read the first one!


Okay, well, those are some of my favorite reads from this year!! What about you, what are some of your favorite reads from this year? Let’s chat in the comments!

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