I’m a little late on this since the halfway-point of 2019 has come and gone, but I’d been meaning to do a round-up of my favorite books of 2019 so far. I wasn’t able to get a picture of all of them since I’ve loaned one out and was too lazy to try and take a photo with my iPad for one that I have an eARC of (clearly, I’m slacking on the ‘gram and need to up my game) but hey, I tried and that counts for something, right?
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams (not pictured): I can’t talk about this book enough. I really can’t. It was absolutely delightful and so much fun. If you love second-chance romances and romantic comedies, then you will adore this book.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I didn’t truly know what the term “book hangover” meant until I read this book. Seven Husbands is mesmerizing and features one of my absolute favorite book characters of all time, Evelyn Hugo. I cannot recommend this book enough. P.S. have tissues ready.
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: TJR writes characters like nobody’s business. Sure, she also writes engaging stories, but one of her greatest strengths is her ability to write truly compelling and three-dimensional characters. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a work of fiction.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: This is pure joy in book form. You just need to read this one. My only qualm with this book? The missing Oxford comma in the title.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (not pictured): Helen Hoang has quickly become one of my all-time favorite authors. The highly-anticipated follow-up to last year’s The Kiss Quotient, Bride Test is, in my opinion, a sweeter story. This isn’t to say that Kiss Quotient wasn’t sweet–it was–but there was a certain gentleness about this story that really made it special.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang: Basically, I’m obsessed with Hoang (see previous). You need to read this series.
The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson: I tore through this book. I absolutely adore the Truly Devious series. The first book, Truly Devious, was wonderful, but Johnson raised the bar in The Vanishing Stair. It had everything I never knew I wanted in a mystery. Seriously, this is one of the best series I’ve read in a long time.
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary: Did you know that a book could feel like a nice, warm hug from an old friend? Because that’s exactly what this book feels like.
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager: Wow. An absolutely thrilling book that is unique in its richly-cultivated sense of place. I just wrote a review on this one that you can find here.
Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren: I felt such a fondness for both of the characters right from the outset. Like Helen Hoang, Christina Lauren has become an auto-buy author for me, but what really sets this book apart from the rest is how earnest and lovely Hazel was. She’s definitely up there as one of my favorite book MCs of all time.
Have you read any of these? Or are any of these on your TBR?