Bookstagram’s Top Reads of 2019: Part 3

The third and final installment of Bookstagram’s Top Reads of 2019 is finally here! You’ll see some repeats here, but also some great reads we haven’t heard about yet. Thanks so much to all of my trusted advisors for taking the time to share their faves with me so I could share them with you!

Anna: Instagram

If you don’t know Anna, I’m really sorry. She is the kind of book bestie everyone should have. She is kind and thoughtful and really adorable yet relatable. A newlywed, she recently relocated and is looking for a job as a librarian but is still dropping all the library knowledge on us on the daily!

  1. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang: I already loved The Kiss Quotient and knew I wanted to pick this one up and I ended up loving it even more than TKQ! It’s so steamy and romantic, which I love in romance books, but it also showcases a romance lead with autism and his thought patterns. This was eye-opening to me as someone who was ignorant about the subject matter. I love Hoang because she makes amazing romance books where I learn so much! 
  2. Sadie by Courtney Summers: Totally not a book in my comfort zone, but amazing! Chilling and mysterious, you never know what’s going to happen next! FYI: Listening to this as an audiobook on my commute home on my late nights through twisty, dark roads gave me goosebumps!
  3. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas: Angie Thomas is phenomenal. She’s an author I’d encourage anyone to read. This book is about a teenage girl who wants to make it as a rapper and stumbles along the way. It is SO dang important. 
  4. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: everyone and their mother loves this book and for good reason. Son of the POTUS–WHO IS A WOMAN! I mean swoon, right?! 
  5. Well Met by Jen DeLuca: Love at a Renaissance Faire. Absolutely freaking delightful! 

Mollie: Instagram/Blog

Mollie is one of my best book friends, not only because we have such similar tastes in books, but because she’s so fun to talk to. I love watching her stories featuring fall foliage watches and some of the cutest pups around!

  1. Hooking Up by Helena Hunting: Super sexy and hilarious, this book was amazing! Top read of the year. Excellent on audio.
  2. The Idea of You by Robinne Lee: This book CRUSHED me. I am obsessed with Hayes and Solene. I loved the fire and passion in this one. 
  3. Pucked Off by Helena Hunting: The entire Pucked series are some of my favorite books, but this one topped them all. Lance & Poppy forever! 
  4. Kulti by Mariana Zapata: Women’s soccer is straight badass. I love Sal. This was one of the slowest burns with one of the best payoffs I’ve ever read. 
  5. Beard Science by Penny Reid: Cleatus is slightly maniacal but he was so so funny. My favorite Winston and the audio was superb!

Molli: Instagram

In a bit of a plot twist, the last two people you’ll meet are IRL friends! First up is my sister, Molli. She’s younger and wiser and one of the smartest people I know. Best sister, best friend, and the OG book bestie, Molli reads for fun but also to learn and challenge herself.

  1. Out East by John Glynn: Somehow, John Glynn (not the astronaut) made weekends on Montauk in his twenties filled with pretty much only drinking seem compelling and worth way more pages than the book actually is.
  2. Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes: I need more public radio personalities to write cozy novels with strong female protagonists. Didn’t even mind the sports!
  3. Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow: Probably the most page-turning account of the crafting of a single news story that I’ve read in quite some time. Ronan’s work on the Harvey Weinstein case was so important and the glimpse into all he went through to make it happen is totally fascinating. 

Rachel: Instagram/Blog

Rachel is my best friend in the entire world. She moms hard, loves hard, and lives for a good book! She runs an insanely good lifestyle blog, loves Jesus, and is constantly trying to better her already perfect self. I truly can’t say enough great things about her.

  1. Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren: There is no way you could read this book and not fall in love with Josh & Hazel! They are two of the most adorable, lovable characters I have ever had the pleasure to read. Their story of “not dating” will have you rolling with laughter and your heart melting. 
  2. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: This one could have very easily been in my number one spot, it was SO GOOD. Totally lives up the hype. Royal reads are always some of my faves and this one does not disappoint. The ups and downs of Alex and Henry’s relationship will suck you in completely. 
  3. Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3) by Kevin Kwan: Do not sleep on this series! The ridiculousness of most of the characters in these books is next level and could not be more entertaining. There is just the right amount of heart, too. It’s so fun to be submerged in this crazy lifestyle so completely. 
  4. Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella: I’m a HUGE shopaholic fan but can admit that the last few books in the series haven’t been great. This release feels like exactly what I loved all those years ago. The main character, Becky, has grown up just enough to not be annoying, but is still getting herself into all sorts of hilarious situations. This book had me LOLing the whole way through!
  5. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert: I always think I don’t like historical fiction, and then I do when I actually give it a chance. I love the way the author told this story. The narrator is writing a letter to someone explaining her life and all the antics she got up to working as a costume designer in NYC in the 1940’s. She’s young and makes a ton of mistakes and reflects back on them through the letters. So good! 

Well, there you have it, friends. These are all the books your need to add to your TBR immediately. Stay tuned by MY faves of the year coming soon!

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