Bookstagram’s Top Reads of 2019: Part 2

Here we go! Part two of that thing of when I ask some of my top advisors to share their favorite reads of 2019. If you haven’t checked out Part 1, make sure you do!

Kate: Instagram/Goodreads

Kate is the best! We love a lot of the same books, but she’s also one of my go-to’s for when I need something new and refreshing. She’s adorable and so fun to talk to!

  1. Regretting You by Colleen Hoover: So, this one just came out earlier this month, but do yourself a favor and order it as a late Christmas present to yourself. You won’t regret it! This latest romance by Colleen Hoover will send you on an emotional rollercoaster. 
  2. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez: If you’re looking for a heartfelt romance with loads of sass and wittiness, this novel is for you.
  3. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: There is nothing I can say about this novel other than the fact it is utterly delightful. Read it. 
  4. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne: For those seeking a delicious enemies-to-lovers romance. Make sure you read the book before the movie comes out!
  5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: I know this whole series came out awhile back, but I only recently took a dive into this world–and what a dream it’s been. I highly recommend this series, even if you are new to the fantasy genre. 

Cayla: Instagram/Blog

Cayla is probably one of the sweetest friends I’ve made since joining the bookstagram family. She is loyal, reliable, and I love chatting with her and watching her stories that feature her adorable little boy and lots of fur babies. 

  1. Regretting You by Colleen Hoover: First off, Colleen Hoover is my favorite Author and two, just this whole story was amazing and I loved the relationship between the mother and daughter and how having both points of view from both characters made the story come together very well.
  2. Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren:  I love Christina Lauren and this is actually one of my first ones I ever read by her and I instantly fell in love with their writing. I also like that its told between two different timelines.
  3. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez: All thanks to Bookstagram, I came across this one and I wish I would have read it sooner. The story was so good and I could not put it down. It had so many different emotions throughout the entire story. Happiness, Sadness, everything.
  4. American Royals by Katharine McGee: I love everything about royalty and love stories and this had both! Can’t wait for the second book!
  5. Night Road by Kristin Hannah: This book was wonderful yet so heartbreaking at the same time. Kristin Hannah knows how to write thats for sure and this one was beyond amazing. I cant even explain it in words thats just how good it was.

Aimee: Instagram

Full disclosure: Aimee and I couldn’t be more different. She’s an enneagram Type 1 and I’m…so not. She’s a huge Stephen King fan and I’m a scaredy cat who can barely make it through the film, The Shining. We have a few of the same faves, but our reading tastes are pretty different. But she’s cool as hell, so thoughtful and intentional in her reviews, and a really wonderful person.

  1. Pet Sematary by Stephen King: Here’s the thing about this book – many people seem to think it’s scary because it’s about “zombie pets.” Let me tell you, the reason this book is so terrifying goes far beyond a basic horror movie trope. (But still, think twice before reading it at night!)
  2. IT by Stephen King: Yet another misunderstood King novel – people think IT and they think killer clown. Sure, Pennywise is creepy and murder-y…but it’s an incredible book about friendship and growing up. Great for fans of Stranger Things!
  3. The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff: One of the best non-fiction titles of the year. For those of us who vividly remember 9/11, it brings back a lot of memories but weaves in very personal stories of people who were in New York, D.C. and Pennsylvania that day. Heartbreaking, but so important.
  4. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: I finally read Anne of Green Gables this year and immediately fell in love! Even though it’s a book for younger audiences, it’s not overly simplistic (much like Harry Potter). It’s a book that will give you the warm fuzzies, make you laugh and have you dreaming of Prince Edward Island.
  5.  Chase Darkness With Me by Billy Jensen: An absolute must-read for true crime fans! Jensen is an incredible writer, and he puts so much of himself into this book. A great companion to I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (which Jensen helped finish after Michelle McNamara’s passing).

Lyndsey: Instagram/Goodreads

Lyndsey works at Trader Joes-check her IG highlights for all the TJ gems! She is so sweet, a real and true animal lover (all the heart eyes for this photo), and the only bookstagram bestie I’ve actually met in real life. We had a blast drinking margs and book shopping and I can’t wait to do it again!

  1. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate: I never would have even picked it up had it not been for my book club. It was so heart-wrenching and interesting and amazing. It absolutely blew my mind that I had no prior knowledge of Georgia Tanna or the Tennessee Children’s Home Society scandal. I encourage everyone to read it and educate themselves! 
  2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I realize I’m late to the TJR train, but better late than never! It was such a change of pace from anything I’ve ever read. I loved the glitz and glamor of it. News articles were scattered throughout the chapters and made it all that more fun to read. I was also pleasantly surprised by the hint of mystery behind it. It was one of the greatest twists I’ve ever read!
  3. No Exit by Taylor Adams: This was such a wild ride! I truly felt like I was on a roller coaster of emotions and towards the end of the book I was legit SWEATING in anticipation of what would happen next. It was so fast paced and thrilling and will remain one of my favorite thrillers for quite some time. 

Tej: Instagram/Goodreads

Tej is the best! She’s as kind as she is gorgeous and we have bonded over the highs and lows of motherhood and our love for super steamy romances. I can always count on her for a great rec and kind word of encouragement when I need it the most!

  1. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey: When I initially requested this book from NetGalley I was anticipating a cute/sweet romance based on the cover and the description of the book. When I actually started reading it I was like Whoa! OMG this book is so hot! I loved dirty talking Travis and sweet Georgie.
  2. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne: I loved the way Joshua and Lucy and had this intense hate going on between them. You couldn’t help but love the animosity and sexual tension between the two. One of my favorites that I’ve already re-read (and listened on audio).
  3. The Deal by Elle Kennedy: I don’t really read a lot of New Adult and wasn’t really even sure why I decided to read this book. But this book surprised me and I loved the witty banter between Hannah and Garrett. The book was sweet, sexy and everything you look for in a sports romance.
  4. Hooking Up by Helena Hunting: I read a lot of Helena Hunting this year, but this book is a favorite because it is so sexy and I love Lexington and Amalie. I loved the heat (so much smoking heat), but also the heart in this book!
  5. The Simple Wild by KA Tucker: I just finished this book a few days ago and literally can’t stop re-reading my favorite parts. The enemies-to-lovers relationship between Jonah and Calla was EVERYTHING! I lived for their pages together. But I also loved Calla’s relationship with her father and her growth as a character. 

And that concludes another round of really great reads and recommendations from some of the best bookworms around. Stay tuned for my third and final installment in the next couple days!

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