Yes… I’m still wrapping up 2019… judge me.
2019 was an interesting reading year for me. A lot of the books that I read were 3 to 4 stars but the ones that were 5 stars were amazing reads.
So here are my favorite books of 2019.
The Pictures of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
Gay in the Victorian Era.
I have no other way to describe this book.
Obviously, this is a classic that I assume everyone knows what it is about. It was on my bucket list of classics I wish to read in my lifetime, and I was finally able to do in 2019. I always knew I would love but I never expected to love it as much as I did.
It’s so gay.
So morally disturbing.
I love it.
Everyone’s Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun & Jonny Sun
This book is the cure to my anxiety.
It is so wholesome and sweet and adorable and I love it so much!!!!
It is very innocent, as it follows this little alien who is trying to find humans on earth. It represents anxiety and depression so beautifully, mostly by showing this little alien not feeling like it fit in even with the other aliens. It is so sweet and it cured my anxiety.
Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Russian folklore!!!! Oh. My. Sweet. Dying. Braincell.
Fun fact about me, I love all things folklore and mythology. I have deep dived into Brazilian folklore (since it is part of my heritage), European folklore, and Japanese folklore. However, I have never really considered Russian folklore (though I always found the little things I know about it, beautiful). And Katherine Arden just took me by the throat with this book.
It is so entirely atmospheric that I literally got cold during a Florida summer. It is written so beautifully with wonderful conversation on religion, and a woman’s role in society.
Furthermore, Katherine Arden’s way of writing her protagonist has me rolling. I love it so much. The character is strong without having to take away any of her femininity (which a lot of the books I read tend to do), and really used things that would be considered “weak” as her strengths.
It is beautiful and I love it.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
I read this book twice in 2019.
It is so gay. So wonderful. And I wish I lived in that timeline instead of the current one.
Casey really did that in 2019, and while we could focus on the terrors that are J.K. Rowling on Twitter, we could also read about a the gay Prince of England boning the bisexual First Son of the United States.
So really, how could you not love this series.
Plus I like cried throughout the last few chapters of the book.