Queen Bee’s Top Reads of 2019

In case you missed it, I asked some of my favorite bookworms to share their top reads of the year. But now it’s my turn! This was hard, y’all. I read more than I ever have in a year so narrowing it down to just a few was difficult. But here are my top ten reads, plus a few honorable mentions.

1. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

There’s a reason why this book has gotten so much hype and attention. It’s about as close to perfect as you can get. Poignant, profound, honest, and hilarious, this DEBUT (yes, you read that right–DEBUT) novel by Casey McQuiston is my top read of 2019.

2. Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

If your first read of the year sticks with you the entire year as one you can’t stop thinking about and laughing at, then you know it belongs in your top reads. Hazel is probably one of my all-time favorite heroine’s because she is just flat out goddamn hilarious and Josh is the ultimate book boyfriend.

3. A Stranger on the Beach by Michelle Campbell

Throwing a curveball at you guys with–what? A mystery/thriller? Crazy! But guys, this one was too good not to include! One of the twistiest, craziest, and messed up stories I’ve read in awhile. I would recommend this one to any reader because it is a wild ride!

4. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones is a total badass. Feminist quote of the year:

“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse. I am not a muse. I am the somebody. End of fucking story.”

5. The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

LISTEN. This book is the definition of a page-turner. I FLEW through it because I fell in love with Hayes and Solene and their “unconventional” relationship. What is unconventional? What is normal? Who the hell cares! Love is love and I LOVED this book.

6. The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr

This one was hard to read at times because right off the bat, we’re hit with the fact that our heroine’s husband is a piece of shit who cheated. A lot. But the journey that comes after and the relationship between mother and daughter is truly a delight to read.

7. Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Still fanning myself from the steaminess of this one! Own Voices, interracial couple, chronic illness, beautiful love story. The audiobook is fantastic. Can’t recommend it enough!

8. His Royal Highness by R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is funny as hell. The Queen of RomCom knocked it out of the park with this one. Bit of an age gap, lost of laugh out loud moments, and takes place in a theme park. Need I say more?

9. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han

Throwing in a YA series here because it is just freaking adorable and if you haven’t read the books that’s one thing, but the first movie on Netflix (others to come) is perfection! Lara Jean & Peter 5ever! My only complaint with this series, was the ending. I just wanted MORE okay??

10. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

This book hit me in the feels and it hit me HARD. The heart and should with with Hoang writes is unmatched. Loved the steam, loved the story, loved everything about this one!

Honorable Mentions

Because I couldn’t just give you a top ten. I mean, when you read over 100 books how is that even possible. Here are ten more that I really loved as well…

  1. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
  2. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
  3. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
  4. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  5. Down Too Deep by J. Daniels
  6. Faking Under the Mistletoe by Ashley Shepherd
  7. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
  8. Pucked by Helena Hunting
  9. Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
  10. Hooking Up by Helena Hunting

And there you have it! If a book didn’t make one of these lists it in no way means I didn’t love it or I wouldn’t recommend it. These are just the ones that stuck with me the most. Can’t wait to see what kind of reading adventures I go on in 2020!

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