Our Favorite Books of 2019

Happy New Year’s Eve! And what a year it’s been! Anna’s highlights were starting work full time, getting married, and adopting her dog! Alexis started her MFA program, got a short story accepted for publication, and adopted her cat! 

Here are some of our favorite books of 2019:


The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Normal People by Sally Rooney

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden

The Witch Elm by Tana French

In the Woods by Tana French

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab 

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

The Goldfinch by Donna Tart



Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

The Wildlands by Abby Geni 

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

The Book of Dreams by Nina George

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister 

Grim Lovelies by Meghan Shepherd

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

Gods of Jade & Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia 

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Florida by Lauren Groff

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman


Here’s to a great 2020!


What Anna’s Currently Reading!

Anna: 2019 has unfortunately been off to a slow reading start for meI’ve just been so busy this week! Here’s what I’ve found time to dive into, regardless.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo is the conclusion to the Six of Crows Duology, which made it onto Alexis’s top reads of 2018. I read Six of Crows over the summer, but I have a bad habit of never finishing series, which I hope to amend this year. We also got this book signed by Bardugo herself! I haven’t read YA fantasy in a while and am immensely enjoying the fantastic character building.

I also just started reading Grant Park by Leonard Pitts Jr. My fiance and I chose this for our monthly “book club.” I don’t think I’ve ever read a political thriller, so I’m excited for this one!

Reflecting on 2018: Our Favorite Books of the Year!

Happy New Year’s Day! On the first official day of 2019, we reflect back on our 2018 year of reading. We read so much this year; Anna read 85 books and Alexis read 46.

Alexis's Top 10

Alexis: Here’s the list of my top 10 reads of 2018!

1) The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
2) Tin Man
3) A Face Like Glass
4) Crooked Kingdom
5) Six of Crows
6) Educated
7) Station Eleven
8) Kindred
9) Circe
10) The House of Broken Angels

Anna's Top 10

Anna: Excuse my lopsided stack; we had to run out and take this in the pouring rain!

1. Sing Unburied Sing
2. The Heart’s Invisible Furies (not pictured)
3. Educated
4. History of Wolves
5. Conversations With Friends
6. Marlena
7. Idaho
8. Red Clocks
9. Circe
10. Fates and Furies

What were some of your top reads? We would love to know!