T10T: My Favorite Reads of 2019!

December 31, 2019


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is favorite books of 2019! I had a tough time narrowing this list down, so these are in no particular order!

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aurora rising

review here
Hilarious, breath-taking, suspenseful, swoon-worthy, and total #squadgoals. I’m counting down the days to the next book’s release.

sorcery of thorns

review here
A badass, sword-wielding librarian, possessed grimoires, a hilariously snarky bisexual love interest, and a lovable-yet-dangerous demon sidekick? This was the perfect storm for me. ♥


get a life, chloe brown

review here
Not only is Talia a forever fave, and not only was this hilarious and steamy and sweet, but let’s be real: how could I not root for a story with representation this near and dear to my heart?

the dark game

review here
This list wouldn’t be complete without a Jonathan Janz release, and The Dark Game was flawless, as far as I’m concerned. It’s creepy as hell, has a luxurious level of world-building and character depth, and the body count is sky-high.


the girl in red

review here
Nothing beats a legitimately fresh take on a classic fairytale, and The Girl in Red is about as original as they come. Imagine little Red in a world full of zombies, where the big bad wolves are simply brutal, cruel men. This book dismantles rape culture while offering a delightfully creepy apocalyptic horror tale.

silver in the wood

review pending
I’m so annoyed with myself that I haven’t typed up a gushing, raving review about this one yet to link you to, but I’ll try to pack my feels in real quick: this is so atmospheric, gay as hell, absolutely precious, and has the most delightful fae lore. ?

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red, white & royal blue

review here
I don’t think I even need to say anything about this, do I? Just… *swoon*

in the shadow of spindrift house

review here
I haven’t talked about this novella nearly enough, but it was such a creepy, twisted, gaaaay Lovecraftian horror story, with the most fantastic setting and an incredibly poignant unrequited-lesbian-love subplot. I can’t say enough good things about everything and anything this author touches.

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a curse so dark and lonely

review here
This year has been so long that it actually shook me a little to realize this was a 2019 release, because I read it so long ago, but I digress – this was my first super beloved read of 2019, and I still look back so fondly on it that I can’t wait to start a read of the sequel with the ARC Apocalypse discord group (more info here) tomorrow!


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And finally, this was suuuuch an overdue read for me, and I adored every single page of it! Bi ladies, murder, shadow magic, a talking cat… this series, y’all. ♥ I’m sure Darkdawn will be on my “best of 2020” list this time next year, let’s be honest.

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What’s your favorite book from 2019?


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Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

    1. I keep thinking I know what my top ten is but then I keep changing it, haha! I’ve been seeing Get a Life, Chloe Brown EVERYWHERE so I definitely think this needs to be added to my 2020 TBR.

    1. Great list! I really have to check some of these out!


    1. Omg YES! I absolutely love this list ? Aurora Rising and Sorcery of Thorns almost made it onto my list too (ugh, choosing only ten was so freaking tough lol)! They were such wonderful reads. Nevernight made it onto my list though. Such a crazy good series! Hope you have a wonderful and bookish 2020, Destiny!

      My TTT post

    1. *whew!*

      I finally was able to release my Top Favourite #NewToMeAuthors for 2019! I’ve been working on it since the wee hours of the morning today as I couldn’t sleep. I seem to get restless round New Year’s every year – I think its the itch of the new beginning and the promise of hope the new year about to begin always brings into my life. That and I like to re-focus what I’m going to be reading and see if I can blog about the stories I loved over the last twelvemonth. This week I was inspired by another book blogger and I used their topic for my own TTT!

      I stopped by this post earlier in the week and couldn’t wait to get back as I originally thought I’d share my End of the Year Survey but as that is being pushed forward to share my TTT instead today, I decided to come back early!

      From your list, here are the stories I most wish to get into for 2020:

      * Aurora Rising & Sorcery of Thorns

      I think I’m in the minority here but I couldn’t get into Red, White & Royal Blue – though technically I didn’t even try as I read a review about it and realised it wouldn’t be my cuppa despite the fact I was in queue for either the print or audio via my library. I think the explicit language would have trucked it back to the library moreso than anything else that blogger said about it. This is one reason I’m thankful we have our community — our blogs are not just ways for us to each express of highs and lows of reading but it is helpful as readers seeking genres or authors outside our regular wanderings to know which authors/stories might be a good fit for us. I’m glad it was one of your favourites even if it wasn’t for me – after all, we can’t all heart the same books *all the time!* 🙂

      Have a very Happy New Year Destiny! And, I hope you’ll visit with me in the New Year – I love your blog and want to be one of your regular readers now that I feel like I can visit without the worry/angst of migraines. I still get them but thankfully they are more manageable today than they were in 2018!

      You’ll find it here.

      1. That’s great, I’ll have to check out your TTT post! Sounds like a good one. 🙂 I hope you can pick up Aurora Rising and Sorcery of Thorns and enjoy them both – though if you are worried the language in RW&RB would have been off-putting, I should possibly warn you that Aurora Rising had some language too! Not as much as RW&RB, but I definitely remember a fair bit. I don’t think it used the f-word too much, though, if that’s what you dislike. Just thought I’d mention that since you brought it up! It’s such a fun read so I hope it won’t be off putting for you. 🙂

        Happy New Year to you, too! I’m sorry you still get migraines but I’m glad they’re not getting in the way as much. 🙂

    1. All of these are going on my TBR immediately, because I haven’t read any of them. I did buy Silver in the Wood a few weeks ago, so now I’m really excited to read it!

    1. I don’t think I ever heard anything about Silver in the Wood until I saw it on someone else’s best of 2019 list, and now here it is on another. Between that and the gorgeous cover, I think I have to check it out! Seanan McGuire’s Middlegame was hands down my favourite read of 2019…

    1. Such a fun list here, Destiny!!! <3 I sadly wasn't the biggest fan of Aurora Rising and Sorcery of Thorns, but I can definitely see how those two can be appealing! I still have yet to read a curse so dark and lonely, and after hearing you talk about it all year, I've bumped it up on my to-read list!!

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