⭐️Top Reads of 2019⭐️

⭐️Top Reads of 2019⭐️

Hello there! I know it’s almost the middle of 2020 at this point but I still wanted to post some of my favorite reads!

1. Flawed Cecelia Ahern

This book sat on my shelf for years before I finally decided to pick it up, and I’m so glad I did. When I picked this up it wasn’t what I expected and I couldn’t put it down. I really loved it and gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Never trust a man who sits, uninvited, at the head of the table in another mans home.”

2. Salt to the Sea Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea is a heart wrenching, tear jerking story, that was incredibly sad but hopeful. I enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read more of Ruta Sepetys works. I rated this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

I didn’t need his criticism. I carried enough guilt on my own. I had done everything wrong. I had the highest marks in school but couldn’t master common sense.”

3. Sadie Courtney Summers

I picked up this book from as a recommendation from BookTube, I listened to it via the Audiobook. I really loved this book it was gripping and thrilling, I loved following Sadie as she sought to find her sisters killer. I wish the ending would’ve been different but I still loved it. I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

But love is complicated, it’s messy. It can inspire selflessness, selfishness, our greatest accomplishments and our hardest mistakes. It brings us together and it can just as easily drive us apart.”

4. Between Shades of Gray Ruta Sepetys

I randomly picked this up after reading a Salt to the Sea, I needed more Ruta in my life. I enjoyed this story as well and rated it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother’s was worth a pocket watch.”

5. The Poet X Elizabeth Acevedo

I picked this up because I wanted to start reading more POC authors, this was the first book I read by Elizabeth Acevedo. After that I was sucked in I absolutely loved the story of Xiomara following her family and their beliefs. This story was gripping and eye opening to strict religion. I loved this and gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

“Late into the night I write and the pages of my notebook swell from all the words I’ve pressed onto them.
It almost feels like the more I bruise the page the quicker something inside me heals.”

6. With the Fire on High Elizabeth Acevedo

In 2019 I was introduced to another book by the queen herself and this one I loved just as much. We followed the story of a young mom in high school who is battling life and her future. I loved every bit of this story. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

“My father is Puerto Rican and he’s darker than my mom was, and her whole family is straight-from-the-Carolinas Black. And her hair was just as curly as mine. Not all Black women, or Latinas, look the same.”

7. Ninth House Leigh Bardugo

This is the first book I loved by Leigh a Bardugo, this book starting off was slow and info dumpy. Shortly thereafter it got so good and I couldn’t put it down. There are ALOT of trigger warnings for this so if you’re interested please do your research. I gave this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

“Have power on this dark land to lighten it, and power on this dead world to make it live.”

8. The Hate U Give Angie Thomas

I read this book shortly after the Netflix documentary aired of When They See Us, both of them are similar. I loved this story of police brutality and just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I really enjoyed this and rated it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

“And to every kid in Georgetown and in all ‘the Gardens’ of the world: your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be the roses that grow in the concrete.”

9. Queenie Candice Carty-Williams

This book was very different from what I’m used too, this is a POC author about mental health awareness, anxiety, fat rep and more. I really enjoyed following Queenie as she grew and matured as a character. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

“Turns out the sadness that silence from the person you love brings can be temporarily erased by the dull thrill of attention from strangers.”

10. Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi

This book blew my mind, I read it in one day. The magic system the plot everything was just great. The romance wasn’t my fave but the rest was so good. Magic was taken away years ago now Zélie has to bring it back! It was a course a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read.

“As it fades, I see the truth – in plain sight, yet hidden all along. We are all children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue. This truth holds me close, rocking me like a child in a mother’s arms. It binds me in its love as death swallows me in its grasp.”

11. Pride Ibi Zoboi

This story is the retelling of Pride and Prejudice just POC and the story is a bit different. This is as close as I will ever come to reading Pride and Prejudice. This book was great and I really enjoyed the story. I also rated it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Never let the streets know when you’re upset. Don’t let any strangers see you cry. Hold your head up and look as if you’re ready to destroy the world if you have to.”

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