Unfortunately, many of the books I read this year were absolutely disappointing. Out of 45 total book and novella reviews, only 10 are what I consider to be favorites. To be considered a favorite, each book had to meet certain qualifications: unforgettable, well written characters and a story that I would want to read again in the future. I’m not sure if I just chose bad books all year long but very few met that criteria. However, some did and I’ll be praising them today. This list isn’t in any particular order. I will link to the Goodreads page as well as my review for each book. Let’s get started!
Circe by Madeline Miller is a gorgeously written book about the goddess Circe from Greek mythology. It’s a slower paced, historical fiction story but one that kept my interest. You can read my full review here.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a short story that was written in 1892. It has been a long time favorite of mine but I just got around to reviewing it this year. It was one of the earliest works of feminist literature. It was written to combat the attitudes towards the mental and physical health of women in the 19th century. It’s a very easy but profound read. You can read the full story here and my review here.
Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen are an Egyptian fiction duology by Michelle Moran. I’ve read both of these books multiple times and though I do have issues with them, they’re still favorites. Both take place in ancient Egypt and revolve around the royal family. They are well researched and entertaining. You can read my reviews for Nefertiti here and for The Heretic Queen here.
A Light on the Hill, Shelter of the Most High and Until the Mountains Fall are a part of the Cities of Refuge series by Connilyn Cossette. These books are Christian historical fiction and some of the best I’ve read from the genre. The series isn’t over yet and I can’t wait until the new book is released! You can read my reviews for A Light on the Hill here, for Shelter of the Most High here and for Until the Mountains Fall here.
Reviving the Commander and Embracing the Outcast are a part of the Crowns Legacy Romance series by Nadine C. Keels. These books are inspirational historical fantasy. They are not specifically in the Christian, historical or fantasy genres. Keels has such a unique writing style and her books ALWAYS have a twist in them. You can read my reviews for Reviving the Commander here and for Embracing the Outcast here.
Last but not least is Little Dead Red by Mercedes M. Yardley. I’m not big into horror and I’m very picky about what I choose to read from the genre. I randomly picked up this novella during October and wow, it was like a punch to the gut… in a good way. Yardley’s writing style is so beautiful and the twist that she put into this story was jaw dropping. You can read my full review here.
That is all of my 2019 favorites! There aren’t many of them but I prefer quality over quantity. I discovered some amazing authors this year and I can’t wait to further support them in 2020. Let me know what your favorite books from the year were! Thanks for reading and have a great day!