Top 10 Books We’ve Read in 2019

Posted December 23, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Year End / 36 Comments

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As many of you know, I read a ton of books in a year.  I point this out because it makes narrowing down my favorites to ten is excruciatingly difficult.

Therefore, here’s what I’ve chosen to do.  I’ll give you ten of my favorite 2019 reads not necessarily published this year.  I’ve also scattered more of my favs into other Top 10 posts throughout the week.

Well, let’s get to it.  In no specific order:

The Perfect Dress by Carolyn Brown

This is a contemporary romance/women’s fic crossover about accepting one’s appearance, friendship, family, and putting yourself out there to love again.  This author is one of my all-time favs and to be honest, I could have put five of her books on this list.

The Colonel by Beau North

This is a historical fiction sequel to Longbourn’s Songbird.  It is tragic, triumphant, and impactive as it tells the story of unrequited love, war’s effects, family and friendship and love in all its forms.  Pretty sure this was even better than its predecessor in the series.

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

An urban fantasy/altered earth history that had the most amazing worldbuilding, unforgettable characters, and, in this book, saw the satisfactory climax of the series.

Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

A future dystopian young adult about a young woman and a rag-tag band of humans, AI, and droids that set out on a danger-filled adventure of rescue.  Powerful action-packed and shocking with that ending. Though only the first leg in the trilogy, it led strong.

 

Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose 

A thriller romance in her latest sub-series.  Survivor heroine who has fought her way back to normal life and now pursued by a troubled and sadistic minded villain while law enforcement works full throttle to bring him down.  I love this author’s dark and dangerous criminal worlds where meticulous attention is given to police procedure, but also a wonderful feeling of camaraderie and heart for justice in her team of pros.

 

Saving the Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday 

A historical western to grabbed my emotions and kept me riveted from cover to cover.  The author writes a great blend of western action and setting with a tender, but sensual romance.  Two people with tough pasts coming together and making good will always get my vote.

 

Simply Love by Mary Balogh

A lovely, slowburn historical romance that had my tender feeling in a tangle for these two.  Her with a bad relationship and left an unwed mother and him, a tortured and scarred war survivor.

This was my favorite of my year long series challenge to read this author and two of her shorter series.

 

Repeat by Kylie Scott

Contemporary Romance that is the ultimate in second chances when a woman who broke up with a man and broke his heart in the process gets amnesia so searches for answers by going to those who know her best, especially him.  I thought this situation felt real and the romance resonated with me so strongly though we only had her side of it in the narration the whole time.

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

A WWII era historical romance between a Catholic Priest and a Jewess.  They help hide and protect the Italian Jews from first the Fascists and then the Nazis at great cost to themselves.  And, then there is the forbidden romance. Oh yes, I cried a lot and want more of this sort of reading torture.

Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 by SE Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, ED Walker, Tiffany Roberts, and Carol Von Natta

A large batch of sci-fi romance novellas mostly in series and a blend of new to me authors/series and favorite authors/series.  I loved each story with the unique sci-fi world and started exploring further books from quite a few of these authors as a result.

 

Did any of these make your Top Ten?  What DID make your Top 10? Feel free to let us know in the comments or leave your own link so we can catch your faves.

My thanks to Anne @ Books Are My Heart for hosting the Top Ten week-long event.  You can visit her site and see the schedule here: https://booksofmyheart.net/2019/11/24/top-10-books-in-2019/

 

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Lover of Romance
10 months ago

Simply love is just a great book! You really can never go wrong with Mary Bologh and glad to see Linda Broday in your list. I am going to try reading Anne Bishop this year so looking forward to trying out her writing.

Sophia Rose
10 months ago

I agree. So many wonderful feelings from both Balogh and Broday. Oh yay, I look forward to seeing what you think about Anne Bishop’s books.

Melliane
10 months ago

Oh I haven’t read any of these

Sophia Rose
10 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

So many good ones out there and I’m pretty sure that two of my favs this year (not on this list) were from reading your reviews. 🙂

Crystal
10 months ago

I’ve heard great things about LIFEL1K3. I need to read it! One of my top ten books I read this year is Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb.

Sophia Rose
10 months ago
Reply to  Crystal

I think you’d really enjoy Lifel1k3, Crystal. It has a mindblowing finish and book two was great, too.

Robin Hobb is an author I really want to get to.

Robin Snyder
Robin Snyder
10 months ago

My list looked a lot different when I included books not all published this year. The Revanche Cycle by Craig Schaefer was on it and Anne Bishops the Black Jewel’s series the first 3 books anyway.

Loved LifeL1K3 and Marked in Flesh. But your list really makes me want to read Saving the Mail Order Bride.

Sophia Rose
10 months ago
Reply to  Robin Snyder

I want to read the other Anne Bishop series, too.
Yeah, my list looks way different if I were to sift out only those released this year. Hope you get the chance at the Mail Order Bride one, Robin. 🙂

Lola
10 months ago

I like seeing which books made your list. I am still working my way through Pets in Space, but I always enjoy these anthologies.

Sophia Rose
10 months ago
Reply to  Lola

Isn’t it fun to read everyone’s lists? I bought the Pets in Space that released this fall, but have made no time to read them. I will get to it. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart
10 months ago

Aahh I want them all now. I have read the Karen Rose and LOVED it. I enjoy Carolyn Brown and Kylie Scott and haven’t got to those two YET. I’ve wanted to read the Jay Kristoff one forever. The rest are all ones I am less familiar but would still like to read. The Carolyn Brown book is a Kindle deal today for $1.99.

Thank you so, so much for joining me! It’s really fun to see everyone’s choices.

Sophia Rose
10 months ago

This is what Top 10 lists do to me, too. LOL

Lorna
Lorna
10 months ago

I’ve read and loved the Kylie Scott one. I’ve also loved Marked in Flesh. I have Simply love in audio tbr. Ones that I loved that jumped to my mind was Five Minute Life and The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott, My Life in Shambles by Karina Halle, The Cross breed series by Dannika Dark, The Bride Test by Helen Hoang, Verity and Regretting You both by Colleen Hoover, Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren and Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. So many more.

Sophia Rose
10 months ago
Reply to  Lorna

That was my first Kylie Scott and I want more. Loved reading The Others series this year. 🙂 You have me anticipating the Dannika Dark series both of them. 🙂

Lorna
Lorna
10 months ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

You do need to read Dannika Dark. Her Mageri series tops my list as favorite ever paranormal series. That’s saying a lot. And her narrator for all her books is exceptional-Nicole Poole. I’ve been reading Kylie Scott since her Stage Dive series back in the beginning. Her Dive Bar series is almost as good. Some good standalone books as well. And knowing how you like twisty turn mysteries, you should try Verity by Colleen Hoover. It blew me away.

Sophia Rose
10 months ago
Reply to  Lorna

I love Nicole Poole’s work and I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy Dannika Dark, too. I’m whittling down my TBR stack and I have some of hers in it. I do want to get to Scott’s Stage Dive series and yes, that Colleen Hoover caught my eye last year. Great recs! Thanks, Lorna!

Mary Kirkland
10 months ago

I haven’t read any of those but we tend to read different books.

Sophia Rose
10 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

LOL, we do, but I do enjoy reading what you have to say about your books and so glad you drop by to read my thoughts, too, Mary. 🙂

Karen
10 months ago

It’s fun to see these lists. this was not my best reading year and I missed out on so many books and now I can make a list! lol

Karen @ For What It’s worth

Sophia Rose
10 months ago
Reply to  Karen

I agree, Karen! I read Top 10 lists with pencil in hand. 🙂

Jenea's Book Obsession
10 months ago

You’ve read some really amazing sounding books this year!!

Sophia Rose
10 months ago

I was definitely blessed with some good reads, Jenea! 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
10 months ago

I LOVED Repeat and Say You’re Sorry, too! Of course you can’t go wrong with Carolyn Brown either. I haven’t sat down and compiled my favorites list yet, too busy just yet, but I need to do it soon. Can’t believe the year is almost over!

Sophia Rose
10 months ago

No, can’t go wrong with Carolyn Brown. 🙂 Yeah, this year just snuck up on me constantly with how quickly days flew by. Look forward to your list, Rachel! 🙂

Angela - Angel's Guilty Pleasures

Nice list.

Sophia Rose
10 months ago

Thanks, Angela! 🙂

Jen
Jen
10 months ago

Nice list – the only one I’ve even read is Marked in Flesh. I like how you gave a quick take on each book – I’ll have to remember that for next year.

Sophia Rose
10 months ago
Reply to  Jen

Thank you, Jen! I figured it would help if someone wasn’t familiar with the book, but understand why its on the list. 🙂

Nadene
10 months ago

The only one I have read from this list is Repeat. I love it too.

Sophia Rose
10 months ago
Reply to  Nadene

My first, but not my last Kylie Scott. 🙂

Melanie Simmons
10 months ago

I’m glad you had so many great books this year. Here’s to even more next year.

Sophia Rose
10 months ago

Amen, Sister! 2020 is looking good for books. 🙂

Linda Broday
10 months ago

Oh my! Thank you so much for putting Saving the Mail Order Bride on your top ten list, Sophia Rose!! This makes me happy, happy to be in such great company. Congrats to all the others!

Sophia Rose
10 months ago
Reply to  Linda Broday

Deserved it, Linda! 🙂 You’re writing grabs the heart and paints great historical western pictures.

Carole Rae
9 months ago

It is so hard to pick. I am loving how you are breaking these up. Didn’t read any of these. But they sound good.

Sophia Rose
9 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Oh man, I had to break them up and count more than ten b/c I had so many I loved. Even then, I feel that I could have counted twenty more that I loved even though they weren’t my highest rated books.