Happy 2020! Throughout 2019, I was thinking about creating some sort of end of the year extravaganza to kind of recap what I read in 2019, so I decided to create some awards! I kind of want to make this yearly tradition!
I’ve divided the awards into three categories:
– 2019 releases
– Best in Genres
I’m going keep my explanations for each book short because there are over 20 books that I gave awards to! I will have links to reviews in the descriptions where necessary. By the way, I picked these based solely on my opinion!
This book was by far one of the most talked about books of the year, and with good reason! I thought it was such a great book in general, but especially for a debut!
I have not stopped thinking about this book since I read it! Every time I pass it on my shelf, I gaze lovingly at it. It just made such an impression on me and my love for it has grown since I finished it.
This series took me by surprise! I had previously read the first two books, Scythe and Thunderhead, but when I reread them, I became obsessed. The Toll still has me in shock and this series has become one of my favorites.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I love the mixture of sci-fi and fantasy, as well as the romance, which is why I am really interested to see where this series goes in the future!
I’ll buy pretty much any book that Charlie Bowater does the cover art for! I bought An Enchantment of Ravens this year as well because of this cover, which is why I was interested in Margaret Rogerson’s next book!
Man. This book was seriously so intimidating but SO WORTH IT. I don’t even have enough words to describe how enormous and epic this world is, but I really enjoyed it!
This book totally shocked me! It is a mix between a zombie book and a plague book, but it was so enjoyable and it’s so underrated!
I still adore this book! I read a lot of romances this year, but this is the one that sticks out to me, even though I didn’t love the ending. It just was so sweet overall. This was also my first review on this blog!
An honorable mention in this category: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary!! I will be post a review for this soon, but I adored it. I had already had this post finalized before I read that book, so think of it as an honorable mention/second winner.
This book made me believe that I could actually enjoy historical fiction! It was so whimsical, atmospheric, and magical, even though there was no magic.
Michelle Obama is such an inspiration and I really loved learning more about her through this book! She had so many hard-hitting things to say that I will think about for a long time.
This is the absolute cutest thing ever!! I swear, I squealed reading these graphic novels, the romance is that cute. I highly recommend these! The art style is also right up my alley.
I really didn’t think I was going to enjoy this book because I don’t vibe with the author’s personality in her videos, but I ended up loving this book! It just felt so relatable and it was fun to read.
I just really hated this, okay? It felt like there was nothing of substance in it, all the couple did was eat and have sex (which we didn’t get to read about) and their relationship was riddled with miscommunication and jealousy. It was the only book I gave one star this year.
This book made me weep! It was so sad, like I knew it would be going in to it, but my god, Taylor Jenkins Reid really knows how to break me. This also wins the award for most tragic last line.
Without a doubt, Brandon Sanderson is a new favorite of mine. I read Skyward in January, and the rest is history. Since then, I have read 12 of his books, including reread Skyward. I’ve read a lot by him, but I still have so much more to get to in 2020.
I had heard so much hype around this book that I expected it to be amazing. Unfortunately, I just did not enjoy it. This is one of the books that makes me think I don’t like historical fiction.
I had such a fun time reading this book, even though it made me incredibly thirsty! I picked it as most memorable because I think about it a lot and it had a big impact on me.
I’m not kidding, I don’t think I could tell you what this book is about. This series was an overall miss for me, so I don’t feel bad that I can’t remember what happened.
I just really enjoyed Lou and Reid’s dynamic in this book! They had a few tropes I loved – hate to love, fake relationship, only one bed. It was just a fun relationship to get to read about!
I was scared while listening to this book, but it was so worth it! It definitely had a few minor issues for me, but they got overshadowed by everything that I loved about it! Erin A. Craig is going to be on my radar from now on.
Here it is, I saved the best for last like they do with Best Actress on the Oscars, my favorite book of the year! It had to be The Final Empire. It got me into Sanderon’s fantasy books and I was blown away by the plot and the world and the characters! I think about it all the time and I’m still in love with it.
Do you agree with any of my choices? Let me know what you think!