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This week there isn’t an official Top 5 Tuesday prompt, so I decided to fill the void by talking about my top five favourite reads of 2019. These are all books that I’ve talked about a lot this year, and I’ll probably be talking about them a lot in 2020 because I just love them all so much. Also, these books are listed in the order that I read them because it would be impossible to rank them any other way.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson: I read this book back in January, and I still can’t get over how good it is. Stevie is an amazing character and she’s quickly become one of my favourite amateur detectives. This book left me on the edge of my seat and I practically ran to the bookstore to buy The Vanishing Stair when it was released. I’m counting down the days for the third book The Hand on the Wall because I need to know how this trilogy ends.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne: Who knew that an impulsive purchase because the line at Indigo was too long would cause me to fall in love with a genre. The Hating Game was the first “rom-com” book that I picked up, and now my shelves are overflowing with books from this genre. I love the banter between Lucy and Josh, and I loved watching their story unfold. This book also contains one of my favourite scenes that I read in 2019, the one with the amazing outburst at family breakfast.
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ash Poston: Originally, I wasn’t going to include this book on this list, but every time I scrolled through Goodreads to look back at what I read, this book jumped out at me. I haven’t talked about this book as much as I’ve talked about the other books on this list, but it was one of my favourites. The Princess and the Fangirl is an ode to fans and fandoms, and it made my fangirl heart sing with joy when I read it. I loved Imogen and her determination to help save her favourite franchise, and I love that the princesses saved themselves in this book.
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: I read this book in May, and I’m happy to say that Alex Claremont-Diaz and Prince Henry are still one of my main OTPs. For me, this book was a magical combination of The West Wing (the best show ever) and a rom-com, with a sprinkle of Hamilton references thrown in. This book also made emotional because it made me think of how much different the world would be today if the 2016 election went differently.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren: This book was supposed to be my September buddy read with my best friend, but for some reason, we both kept on putting it off. I’m disappointed that we did this because we both ended up loving it when we finally picked it up. I adored Olive and Ethan and this book reminded me how much I like the fake-dating trope.
How about you? What were some of your favourite reads of 2019?