My Favorite Books of Early 2019 (Jan-Apr)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog, but that’s because I’ve been busy working on my own writing ^_^ I’ll probably have more content eventually, but for now, I want to help explode your TBR.

Without further ado, here are my favorite books I’ve read so far this year (including Goodreads link and a short description from me!) All of them are winners in my book and ones that I highly suggest. Check em out!

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YA Contemporary

  • If I'm Being Honest
    If I’m Being Honest
    by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka:
    These geniuses are back at it again with a “bitchy” Regina-Gerorge-esque main character and one of the dorkiest, most adorable love interests I’ve read in forever. Do not miss this one!
  • Words in Deep Blue
    Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
    I *LOVED* this audiobook. The Australian accents had me majorly swooning. This one is definitely heavy at times but never fear, there is lightness at the end of this book. Also it features an adorable “letter library,” in a bookstore, so all you other book nerds out there will love that.
  • Once and for All
    Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
    I don’t think I’ve ever been as annoyed with a love interest as I have with this book, but he won me over by the end of the book and it was awesome, haha. This one also has some heart-wrenching backstory, but again has plenty of funny parts, so in my opinion it evens out.
  • This Adventure Ends
    This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
    Some of the best “friend group” dynamics I’ve seen in a book in forever. The quest to find the un-findable painting is so intriguing and fun. This book made Emma Mills one of my auto-reads for YA contemporary.
  • Tell Me Three Things
    Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
    *Secret admirer alerrrrt* There’s nothing I love more than a secret admirer and trying to figure out who it is and then hoping beyond hope it’s who you think it is. I very much enjoyed this one. (Again, some heavier elements—death of a parent—so practice self-care)
  • Analee, In Real Life
    Analee in Real Life by Janelle Milanes
    An amazing story about working your way through grief, coming into your own skin and being willing to be vulnerable in the real world (and not just online!). This one was a contemporary that had me falling in love with the author’s hilarious writing and looking forward to reading more of her books in the future. (Again some heavier elements with death of a parent, so practice self care!)

YA Sci-fi/Fantasy

  • An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
    An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
    I’d heard about this series for just about forever and FINALLY read it and omg. I’m mad I waited on this one. I was so sucked into the world and the imperfect-ness of all the characters. I’m in love and can’t wait to read more.
  • Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)
    Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
    An amazing completion to the Six of Crows duology. If you haven’t jumped into the Grisha world, I highly suggest you do.
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    This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada
    AAAA. This was such a fantastic second book in this series! So many twists and turns and the technology is *so* smart and I love it. Hugely anticipating the third book in this series!
  • Archenemies (Renegades, #2)
    Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
    Another second book in a series that really held up. I am shipping so hard and I’m not sure I’ll be okay in the next book. EEK.
  • The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)
    The Wicked King by Holly Black
    If you haven’t heard of this series, it’s kiiind of a big deal right now. Cardan and Jude are ridiculous though and it’s a fun (and dysfunctional) kind of thing to read about. They’re slightly too mean for my taste (don’t @ me!) but I’m still really enjoying the series.
  • Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal
    (Comic book!) The new Ms Marvel Comics (Vols 1-2)
    Omg, I can’t tell you how much I love this comic book so far. The story is hilarious and the drawings are awesome and wow I just love it. If you’re wanting to get into a new comic, start here! (Bonus for a teenage Pakistani Muslim heroine!!!)
  • Tarnished Are the Stars
    Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor
    This book was delightful as heck. The writing was so clever, the world-building lush, and the characters? Wow, I loved them all. I rooted so hard for them and it kept me turning pages until the very end! (Coming out this October!! *Screeching with joy*)

Adult Contemporary and Adult Romance

  • Daisy Jones & The Six
    Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    If you’re a fan of audiobooks HIGHLY suggest! This book is a bunch of interviews of the members of the fictional band “Daisy Jones and the Six” back in the 1970s rock era. It is SO FREAKING GOOD.
  • Appetites & Vices (The Truitts #1)
    Appetites and Vices by Felicia Grossman
    SWOOOOOON. If you want a fantastic and fresh historical romance, look no further. Felicia’s books are a DELIGHT and I can’t suggest them enough.
  • Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals, #2.5)
    Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
    This is actually a novella, but I am suuuper obsessed with the Reluctant Royals series, so I had to read it. This f/f second chance romance had me rooting SO HARD for these characters to end up together. Flawless execution.
  • Unmarriageable
    Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
    This was an amazing Pride and Prejudice retelling set in contemporary Pakistan! It was like revisiting the original but with a bunch of delightful new twists. Austen lovers will definitely enjoy this novel.
  • Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts, #2)
    Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai
    WHEW. If you want a steamy, modern contemporary, look no further. Alisha is another fabulous romance author to watch (and you should read like all of her stuff, hah)


Hope you found a new book (or 2 or 10) to add to your TBR! Until next time <3!


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