Happy Blogmas day 28! I’ve been looking forward to this post all month! It’s finally time to gush about my 10 favorite books of the year!
This list is ordered from 10th to 1st favorite book of the year. So lets count down to my favorite book of the year!
10. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
So clearly I’ve been hiding under a rock, but I didn’t read this until March of this year. I listened to the audiobook of this (which was SO well done!) on the plane to a work conference. And guys I don’t recommend that… the entire plane must have thought I was off my rocker because I kept laughing and aw-ing. This was adorable and swoon-worthy.
9. Empire of Storms/Tower of Dawn/Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
I couldn’t choose which was my favorite because each of these did different things for me. Plus I binge read ToD and KoA so it felt like one monstrous book to me haha. I loved this world and I was so sad to see it end. Despite it’s issues, I loved this series and wrap up. No shame.
8. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Again.. living under a rock. I kept putting this series off because it’s so dang big and intimidating. But holy cow this was wonderful. Sanderson’s magic systems and worlds always blow me away and this was no exception. I’ve already started book 2, so maybe the rest of the series will be on this list next year.
7. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
I had no idea what to expect going into this story but I kept hearing praise for it. And it blew me away. This story was a little bit of everything – mystery, contemporary, historical fiction. It covers race, gender roles, sexuality, suicide, cheating, familial pressures… and how Ng somehow handles them all still blows my mind.
6. The Light We Lost by Jill Santolpolo
Okay let me preface this by saying this book is definitely not going to be for everyone. This definitely has some problematic topics and relationships in it so if that is something that you dislike, avoid this one. But damn.. this book broke me.
5. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater
I’m totally cheating and picking the entire series for this. But it’s my list so I do what I want haha. I loved this series SO much! These characters stole my heart and I want to live in Blue’s house.
4. Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
This was a really hard-hitting, beautiful YA contemporary. This book is about our main character, Mara, who’s friend accuses her brother of rape. It follows Mara trying to navigate this scenario and figure out what happened. This book is so important and I can’t recommend it enough.
3. Scream All Night by Derek Milman
This is probably the biggest surprise on this list for me! I was super excited to pick this up in October, but I had no idea I was going to fall so hard for this story. This is labeled as horror but it is a contemporary that happens to take place at a B-horror film studio. This book is all about self acceptance and familial drama. And this was really funny! This is definitely not going to be for everyone (it has very polarizing ratings on Goodreads). But I’m still thinking about this book 3 months later.
2. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
This was my first Colleen Hoover book and it did not disappoint. Huge trigger warning for fertility issues. I don’t know if I’ve ever cried so hard or often while reading. This is all about a couple who cannot get pregnant and the strain it puts on their relationship despite their deep love for each other. As someone who has gone through pregnancy issues before, this book hit so hard. And the representation was beautifully handled. Go into this delicately if this is something you struggle with, but it was such an important book in my eyes.
1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This should be no surprise, I don’t think I’ve stopped talking about this book since I read it in April. Since this book Taylor Jenkins Reid has turned into an all-time favorite author. And this is an all-time favorite book. This has one of my favorite friendships and romances ever. If you haven’t picked this up yet – go now!
That’s it! Some of these were huge surprises and I’m so glad I read so many amazing books this year. What was your favorite book of the year? Are any of your top 10 on this list?