Monday, December 30, 2019

My Favorite Books of 2019

2019 was such an amazing reading year. These are my favorite books that I read this year:

Favorite Horror Novel


Violet by Scott Thomas

Character driven horror is my favorite horror. Violet by Scott Thomas is a beautifully written, slow burn of a novel, and I just loved it.

Favorite Horror Novella


Of Foster Homes and Flies by Chad Lutzke

If you love coming of age horror, I highly recommend Chad Lutzke's Of Foster Homes and Flies. I hope to discover more of Lutzke's works in 2020.

Favorite YA Horror


Wilder Girls by Rory Power

I would love more books set in the world of Wilder Girls, but I'm looking forward to anything Rory Wilder writes in the future. This was an amazing debut.

Favorite Fantasy Novel


Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton is a fantasy, scifi, horror mashup that follows a crow and a dog through a zombie apocalypse. There is so much to love here!!

Favorite Fantasy Novella


Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma

Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma is a beautiful and heartbreaking coming of age fantasy novella. Priya Sharma is another author I will need to read more of in 2020.

Favorite YA Fantasy


In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire is my favorite Wayward Children book so far. I can't wait for book 5 next week!

Favorite MG Fantasy


Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

I loved the entire Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull this year.

Favorite Science Fiction Novel


Recursion by Blake Crouch

I seriously hope Blake Crouch keeps writing the style of science fiction he gave us in Dark Matter and Recursion. I am here for the fun science fiction that breaks my brain a little!

Favorite Science Fiction Novella


To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Blake Crouch

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers felt like it was written just for me.

Favorite YA Science Fiction


Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson. How does he do it?! The Skyward series is so much fun.

Favorite Mystery/Thriller Novel


Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly

If you love both horror and thrillers, I highly recommend Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly. It's brutal, and it's fun.

Favorite Historical Fiction Novel


The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag (translated by Ebba Segerberg)

I'm so glad I took a chance on The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag (translated by Ebba Segerberg). It was a very dark, compelling read.

Favorite Fiction Collection


A Primer to Kaaron Warren

I really love the Exploring Dark Short Fiction series, and A Primer to Kaaron Warren was so good.

Favorite Poetry Collection


\Choking Back the Devil by Donna Lynch

Choking Back the Devil is a collection of horror poetry by Donna Lynch, and I loved it!

Favorite Nonfiction


Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson

My favorite nonfiction this year was Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson. I loved reading this, and I have so many books I need to hunt down now and read due to recommendations in Monster, She Wrote.

Honorable Mentions


These books were also five star reads and could easily be placed in my list of favorites.



The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons
The Institute by Stephen King

Have you read any of the books that made my favorites list this year? If you've posted your favorites list for the year, I would love for you to leave me a link!

5 comments:

  1. I've just added eight books to my 2020 TBR list! Thank you very much. ;D

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  2. Awesome list, Jennifer! We have some favorites in common - Hollow Kingdom and Recursion - and in fact Hollow Kingdom made my top five books of the year😁

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  3. I see some here I still need to get to! Yay for Hollow Kingdom!

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  4. Oh man, I LOVED Recursion! I need more Blake Crouch in my life.

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  5. I see some of my favorites of 2019 on this list, including Recursion and Hollow Kingdom. So happy to hear you enjoyed the latter! I'm sad I didn't get to read Wilder Girls and The Institute, but hopefully next year!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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