I read so many amazing books this year that it was incredibly difficult to narrow it down to ten! I think narrowing it down to standalones helped, especially since I already shared my favorite series I finished this year.
So here we go! My top 10 standalones I read in 2019!
10. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
I never thought I’d be a fan of westerns, but Vengeance Road was such a fun ride! There’s tons of action, a mystery, and a bad-a female protagonist. I loved it. You can read my full review here.
9. Paper Chains by Elaine Vickers
This touching middle grade story is all about friendships and family. It’s the perfect time of year to read this book to, as it’s set during the holiday season! You can read my full review here.
8. Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
This book is hilarious, sweet, and so much fun! Not only is it a fun romance, but the author dives into what it’s like to be a child of immigrants. You can read my full review here.
7. Blind Dates, Bridesmaids, and Other Disasters by Aspen Hadley
This book is so dang funny! And amazingly romantic! I literally could not stop laughing while I read this book. It’s just that good. You can read my full review here.
6. The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess
Such a heart-wrenching story, though it is uplifting in the end. Barthelmess explores the theme of domestic sexual assault as well as what it’s like in the foster care system. It was, at times, hard to read, but I’m grateful I had the chance to read it. You can read my full review here.
5. The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais
Told from the perspective of teen who is deaf, this book is insightful and impactful, with a beautiful romance as well. You can read my full review here.
4. The Last Word by Samantha Hastings
This book!!! It is hilarious and witty, romantic and exciting. I read it in a single evening. You can read my full review here.
3. Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart
I went through a whirlwind of emotions with this book, and it was just incredible. The writing, the style and voice, the characters. Whooboy, this is a book that has been imprinted on my mind, and I’ll definitely be recommending it for ages to come. You can read my full review here.
2. The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
This incredible historical fiction stole my heart immediately. The main character’s voice is so wonderful and enjoyable to listen to, the story is captivating and eyeopening to the prejudices toward Asians and Asian Americans at this point in history. You can read my full review here.
1. The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
I picked this book up on a whim on Netgalley…and I was so not ready to be swept away and terrified by this story. I cannot stop thinking about it, even though it’s been months since I devoured it. It is powerful in so many ways. You can read my full review here.
And that’s it! I can’t believe I have the amazing privilege of reading all of these incredible books. What an amazing year.