Top 5 Favorite Reads so far in 2019

With the year already half over and my Mid Year Freak Out Tag complete, I got to thinking more about the books I’ve read so far this year. I’m not reading as much as I have the past couple of years, life events sometimes just get in the way, but I have truly read some fabulous books! I wanted to share with you my top 5 favorite reads so far in 2019.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

I have to say, when I first heard about this book when it was announced in 2018 I wasn’t terrible excited for it. Retellings are very hit or miss with me and I’ve never been a particularly huge fan of Beauty and the Beast. However, after it was released, glowing reviews started popping up everywhere for this book. One thing I have no resistance to is hype so I gave this book a shot. Very easily one of the best things I have read this year and I cannot wait to grab the sequel when it comes out!

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

This book was mind blowingly amazing. So much so that nearly 6 months since I read it I still think about it every day. This was my first encounter with a Rumplestilskin (I will never spell that right) retelling and I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting myself into. The writing quality of this book is superb, the characters are fascinating and vivid, and the story just sweeps you away to a magical world that you never want to leave.

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi

This book, while I gave it 4 stars and not 5, is getting put on this list purely for its enjoyment factor. I picked up this book and simply did not want to put it down. Page after page I fell more in love with the story and even there were a few bits that I might not have necessarily agreed with, overall this was an amazing read. It also gave me one of my favorite characters so far this year in Enrique!

Once & Future (Once & Future #1) by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

There is no other way to say it, I adored this book. We have a gender swapped, LGBT, Arthurian retelling that has substance of story and great inclusion. I can’t wait for the next book of this series to come out so I can jump right back in with these entertaining characters.

Red Rising (Red Rising Saga #1) by Pierce Brown

I first read this book not long after I started Literary Weaponry and, while I loved it, it wasn’t my favorite of the original trilogy. That spot belonged to Golden Son. Just last month I reread the series and this time I have to say that Red Rising was my favorite this time around. I loved watching Darrow’s character grow, change, and learn as he becomes entrenched in a society that was once completely unknown to him in order to overthrow it. How was that for the crappiest description of one of the best books ever?

2019 has been a fantastic year for reading. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds. What are your favorite books that you’ve read so far in 2019?

17 thoughts on “Top 5 Favorite Reads so far in 2019

  1. I got to meet Brigid Kemmerer last night, and I’m afraid I didn’t gush about A Curse so Dark and Lonely enough. It is such a wonderful book; I’m glad to see it’s getting the recognition it deserves. I keep meaning to read Spinning Silver; I’ll have to get on that.

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    1. I am so jealous that you got to meet Brigid! She seems like a wonderful person at least through her social media.
      If you like audiobooks I highly recommend Spinning Silver as audio. The narrator really adds just a little something extra to an already fabulous story.

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  2. Yes, I LOVE Spinning Silver. πŸ˜€ It’s my book of the year so far and I don’t know if I’ll read anything else that beats it, I loved it so much.

    I want to get to Once & Future soon – I recently read Amy Rose Capetta’s The Brilliant Death and really enjoyed it so I’d like to check out more of her work this year. πŸ™‚ I hope the rest of 2019 is full of amazing books for you!

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