Top books for the first half of 2019
Hey! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday. Our Host is Jana @thatartsyreadergirl. This was a meme that was born out of a love of list and bringing bloggers together. Our topic this week is a Freebie, mean we could talk about anything related to books or reading. I choose to do my Top Ten books of the first part of 2019. I have some releases coming out later on in the year, which I am sure will knock at least four of these off this list, so I wanted to take the opportunity to feature them now. All of these were 5 star reads.
1- The Seven Husband’s of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This book will probably not be taken of the list let’s be honest. I read this book in June and early July, I will be talking about this book for years to come. The writing and the characters are fantastic. My favorite character was Evelyn, even though she made some mistakes. Celia was a gem and I weeped when she died, spoiler alert sorry. Anyway, read this book you will love the story!
2- Romanov by Nadine Brandes
Historical Fiction is my brand as you all know. This story is about Anastasia set in the time when she actually lived, as opposed to Space where I have seen her in the past. I was drawn into this novel from the first page, but it can take a while if you’re not drawn in from the start. The twist on this novel is that Nastya is training to be a person to help people. This was my first book by this author and it will not be my last, I loved her work so much.
3- Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
This YA Contemporary and it was the cutest story. The blurb said this was a star crossed lovers, and when something says that, I need to check it out because I love that trope. Miriam and Weldon are the main couple and the main characters in the story, and they were a lovely pair to read about. Their families were feuding because Mir’s grandfather and Weldon’s grandfather and father worked on comics together. Not to spoil the plot, but things were tense and when they started seeing each other, but that didn’t let this stop them. This story had such a sweet ending and I was so here for the ending.
4- All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher
I read this book late last year but finished it this year so I count it this year. Carrie Hope Fletcher is a West End actress, author, and vlogger. The book is half memoir and half advice for her fans. I loved her writing style and how she connects with young people. From reading this book I can tell why Carrie has a large fanbase, and I am now a fan of her. Read this book for a great Non-Fiction!
5- Enchantee by Gita Trelease
This is a Historical Fiction set in France during the time of the war. The main character Camile is a gem, and if I make a character post this year she will probably be on said list. The book is a bit complicated and I don’t want to spoil story for everyone here. Camile is an orphan who is trying to help her sister Sophie stay afloat. They have an older brother Alan, who was a real jerk and yikes I disliked him. Camile uses magic to disguise herself and go to Versailles, only to make money for her family. There is a bit about a balloon and a romance with a guy. The novel was clunky in places, but I still really enjoyed the story overall.
6- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Fantasy yay!!! No but seriously, I fell hard for this novel back in January. I followed the hype train and I am so glad I read this. Anything related to Faeries is an A in my book, or at least I want read them. This book took my heart and stomped on it but I was so happy. I enjoy Jude as a character even if she has made mistakes in the past. If you enjoy fantasy check this book out.
7- The Wicked King by Holly Black
This is the second book in the Folk of Air series, the first being The Cruel Prince. I enjoyed this book more than the first one as I’ve heard some other people say in the past. The plot for this book thickened and the story progressed. There was movement and plot and I was so here for the characters. The novel is fun and heartbreaking at the same time and I can’t wait for Queen of Nothing to break me.
8- What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
I think I’ve talked about this on the blog before. The novel was mentioned in the bookag I did yesterday. This meet cute was so perfect. The main characters meet in a post office, and then are broken apart. Arthur sets up a Cragislist looking for Ben. The two date and are super adorable. The end of the book is a little sad but I felt like it wrapped up nicely. This novel had some deep cut musical theater references, like in the title, but wow this was just fantastic.
9- Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I didn’t love the format of this book around the middle of the story. I stuck with it because I loved the story and the characters and I wanted to know what was going to happen. This book was fantastic and I need a movie or a Tv show with these characters because drama. The characters were cool and I was so here for them. I could not stand Billy, but by the end of the novel at least I understood where he was coming from.
10- The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
I talked about this book before on the blog, but I wanted to highlight the book here as well. The characters were flawed but they embrace their flaws. I didn’t like Jess in Geekerella, and I was still not a huge of her here, but at least I understood her choices and why feels the way she does. The novel is for all fans of Geek Culture, but you need to read Geekerella first.