Favorite Books I Read in 2019

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Favorite Books I Read in 2019

I read more than 70 books this year. I usually pick out my top favorites but I read a lot more books I actually liked this year. I’ll call out a few that I recommend reading and there’s a chart below with some of my other favorites worth mentioning. Scroll down if you just want to see the list.

Here are some of my favorite books I read in 2019.

Crossing by Pajtim Statovci (translated by David Hackston)

One of my favorite books from 2019, this book reminds me of The Goldfinch. In the sense of one man’s life across time and place. This book starts in Albania and takes you to New York, Spain, Kosovo, Italy, Germany, and Finland. If you’re looking for truth in fiction, read this book next year.

With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

with the fire on high

An aspiring chef who has a magic touch in the kitchen dreams of going on a culinary trip to Spain with her class. The reality? She has a child. She can’t afford it. She is a really good cook but is struggling to follow the rules of the kitchen. This book is like nothing I’ve ever read. It made my mouth water and I wanted to know if she could make it despite all the curve balls life had thrown at her. Did she? I don’t know, you’ll just have to read it.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama has been such an inspiration to me. This book lets you get to know her a little bit better and she makes you feel like you’re on the right path. Written more like a memoir than a self-help book, her message is still something to aspire to always remember–we are all becoming who we are meant to be. Read my full review here.

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

This second novel by Angie Thomas tells the story of a girl who finds her voice through lyrics and beats. An important voice that breaks stereotypes and gives you chills. I recommend this book if you’re into slam poetry or like freestyle rap. I’ve never read anything like it and would recommend it if you’re looking for something new. Read my full review here.

Save The Cat! Writes A Novel by Jessica Brody

This book helped my writing process tremendously this year. Based on the book and concept by Blake Snyder and the screenwriting technique of beat sheets, this book helps you get organized and provides you with a blueprint to tackle your next manuscript. I highly recommend this if you’re stuck and need help getting a little bit more organized. You can still write freely, it’s just nice to have a plan to look back on in case the writer’s block is stronger than usual.

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

I ran out of sticker tabs while reading this book. Rachel Hollis is a motivational speaker and boss mogul. I felt as if I signed up for one of her conferences or had a life-coach one-on-one session guiding me to motivate myself with everything I wanted to accomplish this year. Read my full review here.

Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga

other words for home book

If you’re looking for a book to finish next year that has heart and is centered around identity, read this. If anyone makes fun of you for reading a Middle-Grade book, buy them this book and tell them to read it. It’s that good. When you read something that impacts both young and old, doesn’t that make it a great read? Here’s my full review of this beautiful book.

Favorite Books I Read in 2019


  • Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
  • All City by Alex DiFrancesco
  • Once Upon A Time in Rio by Francisco Azevedo
  • Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé
  • Crossing by Pajtim Statovci
  • With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly


  • Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman
  • Dear Girls by Ali Wong
  • Story Genius by Lisa Cron
  • Modern Mindfulness by Rohan Gunatillake
  • Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
  • Dear Ally, How Do I Write A Book? by Ally Carter
  • Who Thought This Was A Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams
  • Save The Cat! Writes A Novel by Jessica Brody
favorite books I read in 2019

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