Hi friends! I've gotten several requests for book recommendations while we're all practicing social distancing right now. I am happy to share some of my favorite books with y'all so that you can read and escape! I've divided these recommendation lists into three categories depending on your reading preferences:

* Mystery/Thriller

* Romance

*General Fiction

I've included pictures that show a few of the books on the lists. Some are being loaned out to friends right now, so I also included a list that you can save to your computer/phone. 

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I am SO excited to share today's post with y'all because it's filled with my favorite reads from 2019. (You can also see my top 10 from 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015) This year was not my best reading year. Between moving out of my old house, moving in with my mom, building a new house, selling my old house, moving into my new house, and changing grade levels, reading fell by the wayside and sadly I was just too busy to read as much as I normally do. I usually read around 90 books a year, but as of today I have only read 73. I'm still really happy with what I read-especially these 10 books. 

Out of my top 10 favorite books:

1 is YA (young adult)

5 are romance

2 are mystery/thriller

1 is historical fiction

1 is general/women's fiction

2019 was the year of rom coms, and I am LOVING it! I read so many great romantic comedies this year, so it's no surprise that 5 of them appear on my top 10 list. 2 of the books on my lists are all consuming, obsessive, unputdownable books that made me neglect ALL my work. 1 was a complete shocker because I thought I would hate it. 2 are written by some of my favorite authors and 1 made me want to pick up more books from that genre. 

Let's chat about my top 10 favorite books of 2019.

I read Waiting for Tom Hanks back in February and for the longest time it held my number one spot. This is the cutest, sweet, funniest story about a girl who is obsessed with romantic comedies featuring Tom Hanks. A film company moves into town to film a movie starring a big actor and the girl falls in love with him-such a swoon worthy story! I LOVED it!

In April I picked up Taylor Jenkins Reid's newest book, Daisy Jones and the Six, for two reasons: 

1) Taylor Jenkins Reid wrote it

2) Reese Witherspoon is making a movie/mini series/show about it.

I *really* didn't think I would like this book because it was about a 70's rock band-something I'm not really interested in. Plus, I haven't loved TJR's last two books-One True Loves, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Oh man, was I wrong about not liking this book. I LOVE this book. It was the biggest surprise hit for me for 2019. I was transported to a time period and subject matter that I thought I had absolutely no interest in, but I couldn't put it down. I was also completely shocked by a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. I do wish there was an epilogue because it kind of left on a bit of a cliffhanger, but other than that, this book was perfection. If you're hesitant about picking this one up, READ IT! 

Another rom com to add to the list, but I am SO thankful for this book. In August I was in the middle of the biggest, worst reading slump of my life. I could not find anything that would hold my attention. I picked up and tried 4 or 5 books, read 150 or 200 pages in each one, and then put them down because I couldn't care less what was happening in those stories. I desperately wanted to find something to read that I loved, but I was having the worst time. I had been hearing about this book all over bookstagram, and then when I discovered it was a Book of the Month selection, I knew I had to try it. 
Sidenote: if you don't know what Book of the Month is, it's like a subscription service for books. Like Ipsy or Birchbox-but for books! You can skip a month if you don't like the choices or you can pick from 5-6 books. You can use my referral code for a discount on your first book. 

I don't know what it is about this book, but it just has something that makes it wonderful. It's like The Hating Game. There's just something magical about that book, and this one has the same "extraness." It's full of witty banter. It's swoon worthy. It's wonderful. It's also the first book that I finished and loved after an awful 2 months of a reading slump. I will forever be grateful for that! 

Y'all know my favorite romance author is hands down Lauren Layne. I've raved about her since I first read her Wedding Belles series in 2016.  Her books never fail. They are just sweet, funny stories filled with romance. I was so excited about her new series that came out in paperback this year (most of her books are e-books.) The Central Park Pact series follows three women who discover each other at a funeral. There are three books in this series and each book follows one of the women and tells her story of finding love. Passion on Park Avenue is the first one. My favorite in the series is actually the third one, Marriage on Madison Avenue, but it doesn't come out until January. You will love LL books for many different reasons, but one of the things I love the most is how "New York" her stories are. All of them are set in NYC, and they are just so atmospheric. Every single time I read a Lauren Layne, I start planning out a trip to Manhattan in my mind. :)

And then we have the After series. If you follow my bookstagram account, you know this one had to be included on the list. Oh y'all. So many thoughts on the After series. It actually could have gone on the worst books of 2019 list too-just as much as it earned its place on my favorites list. Oh, this book.
In October, I randomly decided to pick up the book After. It had been on my shelf for several years, and I had just discovered there was a movie on Netflix. I wanted to read the book before watching the movie, so I decided to give it a go. I highly suggest watching my highlights tab on this book on my profile on Instagram to fully understand my thoughts on this series. 

It is by far the stupidest thing I've ever read.

I've never gotten so mad and so frustrated at fictional characters as I did when I read this book.

I was ashamed of myself for reading it. And for continuing to read it.

But I LOVED it.

I mean, this series consumed my life for a good week. I read 2,587 pages in a week. I could not think about anything else. I came home from work and read until bedtime. I mean it when I say I was fully consumed with this series. It was complete trash, but so addictive. I still don't know if I recommend it or not, but the fact that I could not put it down and truly missed these characters once I had finished earns this book a spot on my favorites list. It's awful, but good at the same time. 

I feel like I know a good bit about books because I love to research upcoming books and discover new authors and their backlist titles, but this one slipped by me. I had never even heard of this book until another bookstagrammer posted about it. It didn't sound like anything I would like. It's about a 39 year old woman who enters into a relationship with a 20 year boy band member that she meets when she takes her 11 year old daughter to see. That just sounds completely stupid to me. BUT after reading Kailey's caption about the book, I was intrigued and curious to see what all the fuss was about. 

I read this book in one afternoon in November. When I finished it, I almost felt physically sick I was so gutted over this book. In fact, I don't know if I have ever felt so invested in a storyline and so devastated over an ending. What an amazing book to be able to do that to the reader. If you aren't reading this book because it doesn't sound like something you think you would like, pick it up anyways. It will suck you in and leave you with so many emotions.

I have just finished reading American Royals and after about 50 pages, I knew it would end up in my top 10. This is a young adult fantasy book that follows the royal Washingtons. It's basically a reimagining of how America would be if we had a royal family instead of a president. This book follows several different characters/storylines, which normally I'm not a fan of, but I absolutely love each storyline and couldn't put it down. It's actually a series. I didn't know that when I started reading the book, but the second one is suppose to be out next year. I highly, highly recommend this one! If you teach high school English, your students would love American Royals!

My first of two thrillers on the list! I love Shari Lapena's first two books, The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House, but I was a little worried about this one when I read in back in September because I really didn't like her 2018 release, An Unwanted Guest. As soon as I started reading Someone We Know, I knew it was good. I had SO many theories throughout this book. It's about a neighborhood that's shaken up when they start experiencing several break ins and then one woman ends up dead. I kept trying to figure out how everything was connected, but I was still surprised at the end! 

My favorite thriller of the year has to be My Lovely Wife. I read this one back in April when I was so busy moving, but it held my attention and made me want to unpack as quickly as possible so I could sit down and read. I'm not exaggerating when I say this is a jaw dropping thriller that is very unique. The last line is SOOOOO good! I remember closing the book and just sitting for a minute in shock and then laughed to myself. Anytime someone asks for a thriller, I give them this one. It's beyond good. 

And my number one favorite book of the year is On the Corner of Love and Hate by Nina Bocci. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this one back in February (it was released in August) and I'm kicking myself for not reading it until September. I remember browsing my bookshelves one afternoon, trying to find something to read and picking this one up and thinking how I should try and read it since it had been on my shelf for the longest time.

I don't know what it is about this book, but I adore every single thing about it. It's about two people who have known each other their entire lives. The live in a small town that reads just like Stars Hollow and the male lead, Cooper, is running for mayor. His childhood/lifelong friend, Emma, agrees to help him run his campaign. They of course fall in love. I just love stories that have a small town feel to them and the fact that this was a political romance (not in a serious issues, Democratic/Republican way-just a small town mayoral election) made it right up my alley. This story was exactly what I was in the mood for when I read it and it helped me fall back in love with reading after having such a rough time with the reading slump of the summer. This is actually the first book in a series (just like the Central Park Pact series) and the second book is called Meet Me on Love Lane. The third comes out in April and you better believe I'm counting down the days! 

Okay, there you have it! Those are my top 10 favorite books of 2019. Be sure and follow my bookstagram account because I'm giving away one copy of each of these 10 books. 

To see all of the books I've read this year, check out my monthly book review posts or click the 'books' tab at the top of my blog:

Happy December, friends! I am so excited about today's post because I read some amazing books during November and I can't wait to share them with y'all.

Okay, sometimes I find a book on Instagram that I have never heard of and it catches my eye. I research a lot of books, but I had never even seen this book until another bookstagrammer posted about it. I picked it up based off her recommendation even though it sounded like nothing I would ever like. Y'all, this book gutted me. I'm not being dramatic when I say that I was literally a little sick after finishing it. It is SOOOOOO good! Highly highly recommend. 

Rating: 5 STARS

Unlike The Idea of You, I had been seeing Get a Life, Chloe Brown EVERYWHERE. I was excited to see it was a choice for Book of the Month. Sadly, I'm in the minority with this one. Everyone is raving about it, but I just didn't click with it-especially the characters. But again, everyone is loving it, so it may just be me.

Rating: 2 STARS

If you've been following me for a while, you know I love R.S. Grey's books. They are light, quick romances that I just love. Her new one, His Royal Highness was such a cute romance. They are perfect if you are in need of a book that doesn't require a lot of thinking, but you know you will enjoy. I love them!

Rating: 4 STARS

(Thanks to Amazon Publishing for sending me a copy of this one!)

Y'all, I was SO excited to get an ARC of Colleen Hoover's upcoming book, Regretting You. It is SOOO good! It's not my favorite book by her (That still goes to November 9) but I really enjoyed it and I think y'all will too. It's told from both the mother and the daughter's POV, which made it feel like two different stories. Loved!

Rating: 4 STARS

Thanks to William Morrow for sending me a copy of this one!)

This is another book that I read because of Instagram. I never would have requested an ARC of this one based on the cover, but when I found out it was a boarding school story, I was sold. I don't know what my fascination is with books set in boarding schools, but I love them! This book is intense and unputdownable, but man was it hard to read at times. This isn't a book for everyone and if you do read it, be sure and pick up something light afterwards. I loved it, but man was it heavy!

Rating: 4 STARS

Okay, so the last 4 books are all kindle copies because I finally invested in a Kindle this month and I had a little shopping spree on Kindle Unlimited. I have really enjoyed the Cloverleigh Farms series from Melanie Harlow. Each book follows a sister of the same family. I couldn't even begin to tell you which is which or what they were even about because they are like throw away reads for me. I love them, but they certainly don't stick with you. I mean that in the best way possible because these were 4 stars reads for me. I just can't remember anything about them LOL. I do know I liked the one about the sister who returns home for a wedding and falls in love with her childhood friend. Not sure if it's this one or the next. Forgive me LOL. Also be warned, these are R rated. You can certainly skip over those parts though because the love stories are just so sweet!

Rating: 4 STARS

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Rating: 4 STARS

Back in May, I read The Kiss Thief by LJ Shen because I thought the cover was pretty. I ended up loving it, but was it very different than what I normally read (Chicago mobs??) and very VERY R rated. This one is the same way, but I loved the love story aspect of it. Be warned though! Also, Amazon has it listed as a holiday read, but I didn't really get that vibe from it. It's definitely not a Hallmark movie LOL

Rating: 4.5 STARS

Just like with Melanie Harlow books, R.S. Grey books are the same way. I don't remember much about this one, but I loved it and it was perfect for when I had a ton going on in my life and I needed an escape. This one involved a hate to love storyline, which is one of my favorite tropes. Highly recommend. 

Rating: 4 STARS

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October was a HUGE reading month for me. The first part of 2019 was a struggle in terms of reading, but the second part is making up for it! I read 9 books in October, loved almost every one of them, and became so obsessed with a series that I couldn't do anything else for a good week lol

Let's chat about my October book reviews:

I started Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher at the end of September, but I didn't finish it until the 1st or 2nd day in October. I had never heard of this book and I had no idea that these two authors wrote it together. Apparently it came out in three parts online, but then they made the parts into a book? I ordered it on Amazon is all I know lol
You can definitely tell it wasn't written as a whole. The first part was brilliant and amazing-such a unique storyline. The second and especially third part felt different though-almost like the authors grew bored with the book and lost inspiration. It started out strong, but then quickly sizzled. 

Rating: 3 STARS

Oh goodness. Then we come to this series. I've had After sitting on my shelf for a good two or three years. I randomly saw it at Barnes and Noble and decided to try it. When I went to check out, a woman who works at the store and is always recommending books to me, said if I didn't like it I could bring it back and she would give me a refund. I told her I had heard a lot about it and she said she hated it. I was curious, but then got sidetracked by other books or life and never picked it up.
Then this summer, I realized there was a movie of the book that was about to come out, so I decided to read it. This was at the same time as I was unpacking books and moving into my house and I could not find it anywhere. I figured I had gotten rid of it, so I just forgot about it.
Then I found it a few months later and since I was needing something quick to read this month, so I picked it up. 

And I absolutely 100% hated it.

But I kept reading because I couldn't stop.

I have never read a book that I hated as much as this one, but that I was also so obsessed with it. It's over 500 pages, but I couldn't read it fast enough. Y'all, this series took over my life and I am not exaggerating lol. I did nothing outside of going to work and then coming home and reading until bedtime.  It consumed me. 

And then I kept reading the other books....

Rating: I'm so confused by this book. I mean, I couldn't put it down and it made me eventually read 1000+ pages, so you would think it would be 5 STARS for sure. BUT it's also one of the stupidest books I've ever read and I kind of want to give it 1 STAR??? So confusing. :/

I strategically ordered the second book when I was in the middle of the first so it would be here when I finished and I wouldn't have to wait. I purposely went home after school before going to my hair appointment so I could get it out of the mailbox and read while I was waiting. Book 2 ended up being my least favorite of the series, but that didn't stop me from devouring it HA!

Rating: 4 STARS

After finishing the 800 page 2nd book, I moved onto book 3 even though I seriously considered stopping after book 2 because I really didn't like it. I'm so happy I decided to stick with it because book 3 turned out to be my absolute favorite. 

Rating: 5 STARS

Book 4 was also wonderful and ended the series perfectly. It was my second favorite book of the series.

Rating: 5 STARS

Then there was this prequel/alternate POV story. I enjoyed it, but I skipped over some parts that really didn't have anything to do with the Tessa/Hardin storyline. I definitely think you need to read this after you finish the series-don't skip it! But don't read it before the series or it won't make sense. 

Rating: 4.5 STARS

After finishing the obsession of After, I knew I needed to read something I would 100% for sure love because it's very easy to fall into a reading slump after you finish a long series that you basically lived lol. I was lucky enough to get an arc of Lauren Layne's upcoming book, the third in the Central Park Pact series-Marriage on Madison Avenue. This one turned out to be my favorite in the series. It was SUCH a sweet love story between two friends that thought they could never be anything other than friends. I had been waiting for Audrey and Clarke's story, and I wasn't disappointed! I loved it! 
If you want to start this story-although any can be read as stand alones- the first is called Passion on Park Avenue and the second book is called Love on Lexington Lane

Rating: 5 STARS

Faker is a book that I've been waiting on since I first heard about it. I just love rom coms and with a cover like this one, I didn't think there was any way it could be bad. And it wasn't bad. But sadly it wasn't good either. The first half started off really strong and I thought it was going to be a 5 star book, but the second half-when the characters finally got together- ended up being so boring for me.  I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it and I was glad when I finished it and could move onto something else.

Rating: 3 STARS

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Playing catch up again tonight and sharing the 6 amazing books I read in September. Normally September and October are my worst reading months because of back to school time, but this year has been completely different. September was when I really got back into reading and out of my reading slump from the summer. I mean, out of the 6 books I read in September, 5 of them were 5 STARS. I don't think that has ever happened! I even read my (current) favorite read of 2019 during September. I can't wait to chat about these books, so let's get started!

Ruth Ware's newest thriller was our August pick for #lalalifebookclub, but I didn't finish it until the first of September. I have a love/hate relationship with Ruth Ware's books. I LOVED In a Dark, Dark Wood, but I struggled to finish The Woman in Cabin 10 and couldn't even get through half of The Lying Game. Needless to say, I was worried about this one. BUT, I ended up LOVING it! It's by far my favorite Ruth Ware thriller. I was completely shocked at the ending. Highly recommend! 

Rating: 5 STARS

Right now, this book is my favorite of 2019. I had an arc of this sitting on my shelf since February and I never picked it up. I finally started it this month and I could kick myself for not picking it up sooner. Oh my goodness gracious this is the sweetest love story about a girl and a guy who grew up together and have always "hated" each other....until they don't anymore. Ah! This is SUCH a swoon worthy read. I just absolutely loved it. 

Rating: 5 STARS

Immediately after finishing On the Corner of Love and Hate, I requested an early of the second book in the series, Meet Me on Love Lane. Y'all, this book is SO GOOD. It follows a friend of two main characters in OTCOLAH. It can be read as a standalone or you can even read this one first (I mean, you know the characters from the first book are going to end up together, so it's not like you're going to be spoil, you know?) This book follows Henry, an English teacher at the local high school and his relationship with his childhood best friend who moved away when they were young and moves back, but doesn't remember him. 

Rating: 5 STARS

I also read Shari Lapena's newest thriller this morning and y'all, it was BEYOND amazing. This is my newest favorite Shari Lapena book. I've loaned this one out to several friends at work and they all say the same thing-it's soooo good! If you've never read a book by this author, you need to start with this one! I've loved everything except her book from last year, An Unexpected guest. This one is unputdownable though! 

Rating 5 STARS

I also read the newest from Lauren Layne this month. If you've followed me for a while, you've heard me favorite about LL. She's my absolute favorite romance writer. I LOVE her new series called the Central Park Pact series. Love on Lexington Avenue is the second book in the series, but just like with On the Corner of Love and Hate, they can be read out of order. The third is actually my favorite in the series, but this one is SO SO good! 

Rating: 5 STARS

I don't even remember my reasoning for picking this one up when I did, because it's random for all the books I read in September and I remember there was a reason I read it when I did, but I cannot remember why lol. This is the second book in the trilogy and I read the first one a few years ago. I loved the covers, so I bought all three, but I didn't love the first one that much, so I wasn't in a rush to pick up this one. I don't remember hardly anything about the first book, but I know I enjoyed this one much more than the first. I didn't love it or anything, but it was a sweet story that made for a quick read. These are a little R rated, so be warned! I want to continue the series and read the last one, but I'm not in any hurry. I recommend this one if you're in need of a quick read, but it's definitely not a favorite or even memorable. 

Rating: 3 STARS

Check out more of what I've read this year by clicking the 'books' tab above or any of the monthly links here:

Let's recap what I read back in August. This was right in the middle of the biggest reading slump that I have ever been in. I could not find ANYTHING that kept my attention. I even tried 2 or 3 books that I read over 150 pages in and couldn't even finish them. It was rough! I decided to pick 5 books and make myself read them in order to get out of the slump. I read half of them at the end of July and half during the beginning of August. I filmed a little Youtube video if you want to check it out. :)

Here's what I read during the month of August.

I LOVE Michele Campbell's books, so I was really looking forward to her newest thriller-A Stranger on the Beach. I loved this one. I still love her book from last year the best-She Was the Quiet One, but this one was so good and unputdownable.

Rating: 4.5 STARS

2019 has definitely been the year of rom coms and I am loving it! Well Met had been on my radar for the longest, so I was excited to see it as one of the choices for Book of the Month. I don't know what it was about this book, but I absolutely LOVED it! It was the cutest, sweetest little romance. Highly recommend!

Rating: 5 STARS

Kimberly Belle is one of my go to authors. She never disappoints and Dear Wife was no exception. I loved this thriller. It kept me guessing until the very end. I could NOT figure it out and couldn't turn the page fast enough! Loved it!

Rating: 4.5 STARS

This was part of my 5 book challenge to get me out of my reading slump. Prep is in my top 3 ALL TIME favorite books ever. I absolutely love this boarding school coming of age story. I've probably reread this book 7-8 times, but every single time I love it just as much as the first. It's SOOOO good!

Rating: 5 STARS

This was our July book for #lalalifebookclub and I was really excited about it. Megan Miranda wrote All the Missing Girls, which is one of my all time favorite thrillers, but this one just did not work for me at all. I couldn't wait to finish this book and move onto something else. I couldn't have cared less about what was happening and just didn't connect with any of the characters. I hate to say it, but this one was just not the book for me.

Rating: 2 STARS

Check out more of what I've read this year by clicking the 'books' tab above or any of the monthly links here:


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