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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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?