It’s that time of year again; time to put together a list of favorite (aka ‘best of 2019: fiction’) reads from the past year. As I sit here typing this, I’m kind of lost as to what to say and share because while I know I’ve read some keepers in this last year, it’s also been an odd reading year for me. Summertime hit, and I sort of read little to nothing, which felt really weird, but it also didn’t feel like one of those dreaded “reading slumps.” Then, finally in August or September I finally hit a groove, and now, as is an annual thing for me and reading, as the Christmas season rolled in, my reading time and progress comes to a near stop.
This doesn’t stop me from enjoying books, admiring them, talking about them, and of course, still reading what I can. As this year comes down to a matter of hours until its end, I’m trying to remember all that I did read, and what I want on this little “best of” publication. One thing I do know is that I’ve had some big disappointments when it comes to my reading this year; so many I anticipated just didn’t feel like a new favorite. I feel as though because I read so much less, I’m thinking a bit more exclusively, but maybe that’s just a pre-planning mentality as usually, any list I create, I find it ends up longer than anticipated.
Below we have pulse-pounding suspense (because who doesn’t love a light thriller now and again); fiction that travels through elegant eras; swoony heroes; sassy heroines; and of course, some solid, memorable romance-y books, because we all know, they’re my most favorite.
It’s now time to present Finding Wonderland’s…
Best of 2019: Fiction
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1: Among the Poppies
2: We Met in December by Rosie Curtis
Not sure if it’s fair to include this one or not as it’s a “current read” for me. But it’s lots of fun so far, and while I’m not sure it’ll end up being a favorite (in the sense of re-read nostalgia feels), it’s a fun time, and I can appreciate that it’s so much better than One Day in December. Amazon | Goodreads
3: All Made Up by Kara Isaac
4: It Happened at Christmas by Christen Krumm
This one may be tiny (in pages), but it’s BIG on story, and FUN! An Indie debut author, this darling novella (??) is as cute as a button, which I mean in the best possible way. It’s a recognizable YA re-telling of the nostalgic favorite While You Were Sleeping, and I kinda’ love it to pieces. Oh! And the hero isn’t so bad either. Amazon | Goodreads
5: A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier
6: Brunch at Bittersweet Café by Carla Laureano
7: The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey
Dani seems to excel at writing team “ensemble” novels, and The Killing Tide is no different. It introduces us to a Coast Guard team who not only have principles and can get tough jobs done, they’re also pretty cool people to get to know. Amazon | Goodreads
8: Sweet on You by Becky Wade
9: Fame, Fate and the First Kiss by Kasie West
I mean, is any of my lists complete without a novel by this author? They’re always delightful. While I also read Maybe this Time by West, I think of the two, I enjoyed this one more. Excuse me while I shed a fangirl tear; I now only have one more available novel (Listen to Your Heart) to read by Kasie until her next publication. Amazon | Goodreads
10: By Your Side and P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
As I said, my list is slim this year! Makes me sad because I feel like I read more than this that I did enjoy; though looking back at my wrap ups, etc., I am reminded I read some that really disappointed this year. But perhaps I missed some, which is, of course, completely the fault of my own, and not the quality of Story.
That’s a wrap on another year’s ‘Best of 2019: fiction’ top shelf picks. Your turn; tell me, what books made your best of lists? Did you read any of these? Did you list come hard this year? Are there any books you wanted to read and anticipate they’d be top shelf favorites? Tell me in the comment all the thoughts, and where I can see your ‘best of’ lists. I’d love to visit.Best of 2019: To Share the Favorite #Fiction of the Year. Talking about the "best of 2019: fiction." What made YOUR list? #Bestof2019 #Bookworm #Bookish #BookNerd #TopTenTuesday Click To Tweet
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