There is no secret, I am an avid reader. Yet, you’ll rarely hear me actually talk about the books I read. It’s not that I don’t enjoy them or want more people to read them. I am just clueless on what to say about them. Even if I absolutely loved it and gave it five stars. Which is why I rarely talk about books on here. Today though I thought it would be fun to at least list my favorite books in 2019.
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With no real talk about the books I read, you’ll at least see lots of pictures of the covers of the books I am reading and sometimes even the inside. Pictured on Instagram and my Catch the Moment series, you’ll get a good sense of what I am reading.
But what were my favorites? What ones do I think you’d enjoy if you like the genre of the book? That is why I am here today to list my favorite books in 2019!
What Made My List For Favorite Books in 2019?
Now I read mostly older books, it’s rare I buy or receive a new book and read it right away. I love collecting books and have them waiting for me to pick out for the next time I am starting to pick a book. A lot of these books will be older, so you may have already read them. Which, if that is the case, yay!
Hopefully, though a few of these will be new to you and you can add them to your to-be-read/wish list.
Starting from December 2019 and working my way backward to January 2019. These are my favorite books of the year! Five stars being the highest rank, while some maybe a few three-star ones.
My List 2019
- Tribute by Nora Roberts – five stars – A young woman gets caught up in the secrets and shadows of a big-screen legend and a small-town scandal. Cilla McGowan, a former child star, has found a more satisfying life restoring homes. So she comes to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to save the dilapidated farmhouse of her grandmother. A legendary actress who died of an overdose there more than thirty years ago.
- The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Boonie-Sue Hitchcock – three stars – Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home. Until one of them ends up in terrible danger.
- Black Hills by Nora Roberts – five stars – Cooper Sullivan spent the summers of his youth on his grandparents’ South Dakota ranch. Sharing innocent games and stolen kisses with the neighbor girl, Lil Chance. Now, twelve years after they last walked together hand in hand, fate has brought them back to the Black Hills.
- Bag of Bones by Stephen King – four stars – Set in the Maine territory King has made mythic, Bag of Bones recounts the plight of forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, who is unable to stop grieving following the sudden death of his wife Jo, and who can no longer bear to face the blank screen of his computer.
- Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell – four stars – Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone.
- The Guest Book by Sarah Blake – four stars – An exquisitely written, poignant family saga that illuminates the great divide, the gulf that separates the rich and poor, black and white, Protestant and Jew. Spanning three generations. The Guest Book deftly examines the life and legacy of one unforgettable family as they navigate the evolving social and political landscape from Crockett’s Island, their family retreat off the coast of Maine. Blake masterfully lays bare the memories and mistakes each generation makes while coming to terms with what it means to inherit the past.
- The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand – five stars – It’s Nantucket wedding season, also known as summer-the sight of a bride racing down Main Street is as common as the sun setting at Madaket Beach. The Otis-Winbury wedding promises to be an event to remember: the groom’s wealthy parents have spared no expense to host a lavish ceremony at their oceanfront estate. But it’s going to be memorable for all the wrong reasons.
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- Hazel and Holly by Sara C. Snider – four stars – Was a gifted book. Nestled within an enchanted forest is the Grove, a community where witches and warlocks practice elemental magic. Brew mystical potions, and lock their cellars against beer thieving gnomes. Life is quiet and uneventful. Well, except when Hazel’s long-lost father uses necromancy to trap her dead mother’s soul.
- The Sometime’s Sisters by Carolyn Brown – four stars – When they were growing up, Dana, Harper, and Tawny thought of themselves as “sometimes sisters.” They connected only during the summer month they’d all spend at their grandmother’s rustic lakeside resort in north Texas. But secrets started building, and ten years have passed since they’ve all been together—in fact, they’ve rarely spoken, and it broke their grandmother’s heart. Now she’s gone, leaving Annie’s Place to her granddaughters.
- 11/22/63 by Stephen King – five stars – ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED. WHAT IF YOU COULD CHANGE IT BACK?
- Paranoid by Lisa Jackson – four stars – A gifted book. There are people in Edgewater, Oregon, who think that twenty years ago, Rachel Gaston got away with murder. But Rachel still has no idea how a foolish teenaged game turned deadly—or who replaced her soft pellet air gun with a real weapon. When a figure jumped out at her from the darkness, she fired without thinking. By the time she recognized her half-brother, Luke, it was too late. Blood bloomed around his chest…
- The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe (Beach House #1) – four stars – Caretta Rutledge thought she’d left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother—coming just as her own life is spinning out of control—has Cara heading back to the scenic Lowcountry of her childhood summers. Before long, the rhythms of the island open her heart in wonderful ways as she repairs the family beach house, becomes a bona fide “turtle lady” and renews old acquaintances long thought lost. But it is in reconnecting with her mother that she will learn life’s most precious lessons—true love involves sacrifice, family is forever and the mistakes of the past can be forgiven.
- Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly – four stars – Also a gifted book. It is the wrong time to get sick. Speeding down the highway on the way to work, her two little girls sleeping in the back seat. Medical resident Claire Rawlings doesn’t have time for nausea overtaking her. But as the world tilts sideways, she pulls into a gas station, runs to the bathroom, and passes out. When she wakes up minutes later, her car―and her daughters―are gone.
- The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Gravis Graves – five stars – A gifted book as well. Annika Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people’s behavior confusing, she’d rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess. Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game―and his heart―to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago.
That was my favorite books in 2019. Did you see one that caught your interest? If so which one? Any that you already read and have an opinion on? I’d love to hear it all.