2019 in Books

Where on earth did 2019 go? It’s hard to believe that we are already wrapping up another year, but it is also an exciting time! A New year brings about so many chances for new and incredible opportunities. 

Here is a rundown of some of The Millennial Librarian’s favorite reads in 2019.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I’m not usually one to read a lot of non-fiction books, let alone a biography, but Michelle’s book had me curious. So when I picked it up, I struggled as I knew I would. It wasn’t because I didn’t like the book, I just prefer to fall into a fictitious world. I was about four chapters in when I decided to switch to the audiobook version – which is narrated by Michelle herself. I couldn’t get enough of this book. I was finding reasons to listen to it. Hearing her story and learning about the stories behind her life as First Lady was just fascinating.  I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in reading about good, strong female role models. 

The Wicked King by Holly Black
(also The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black)

I seriously cannot say enough about this book/series. Having just read the final book in the series, Holly Black’s writing just blows my mind. If you are looking for a fantasy world, enter the world of Jude Duarte, a young girl living in the world of fae where humans are looked down upon for lacking any magical abilities. The first two books in this series leaving you with a need to get the next one in your hands. Reading the final book, there are so many twists and turns you will most likely pick up this book and read in a day because you cannot walk away.The  

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I love when a book can make me giggle while also trying to figure out the mystery. Maria Semple does a really great job at setting the stage for Bernadette and her antics. The characters in the story are quirky and the situations are rather interesting. From “hiring” a VA to disappearing, you must pick up this book to answer to the question everyone is asking.

The Prince by Jillian Dodd
(Spy Girl Series #1)

Oh my word. I picked up this series from a Bookbub deal and I was hooked. I’m a fan of Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series and I was instantly in love with this series. It also made Jillian Dodd one of my new favorite authors. I haven’t come across of book by her that I didn’t enjoy. 

If you are a fan of espionage, young love, love triangles and different countries, then you should navigate yourself quickly to either purchase a physical copy of the books or get the ebook version asap. 

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

So I was a little behind the game with picking up this read. Similarly to Becoming, I chose to pick up these read as an audiobook (also read by the author). I have always enjoyed how awkward and goofy Anna is during interviews and her book is a pretty quick read. It was really interesting to learn how hard she worked to get to where she is today and how she still doesn’t fully know how to embrace her fame. If I could ever become best friends with a celebrity, she would totally be the person I’d choose.   

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

I admit, I only picked up this book because it was so highly discussed. Between Reese Witherspoon picking the title for her bookclub Hello Sunshine, and all of the talk this book got, I felt more compelled to pick up this book rather than simply wanting to read the title. And I’m not going to lie, this book took me a long while to get into. I couldn’t understand why this book was so hyped until I got about two-thirds of the way through. Once I got to the last few chapters, I thought I knew how it was going to end, but Owens did a good job keeping you hooked until the end. 

American Royals by Katharine McGee

I was extremely excited to get this book in my hands. Imagine a world where instead of creating a democracy where our leader is elected every four years, Washington decided to stay and make a monarchy. This book is that exact world. Enter the lives of the modern American Royals and learn what it’s been like for their family as they try to navigate their lives and keep the people happy. 

Warning, this book will have a sequel coming hopefully in the fall of 2020. 

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Navigating the world of inter-office relationships and dynamics can be tricky. It can be more difficult when you work extremely close to the person you think is out to make your life a living nightmare. 

Sally Thorne wrote a funny and light-hearted story that I quickly became invested in. If you’re a fan of Helen Hoang, Christina Lauren, or any other rom-com author, then you should definitely pick up this read and give it a try. 

Spying in High Heels by Gemma Halliday
(High Heels series #1)

My list would be incomplete if I didn’t include some sort of cozy mystery story. As I said earlier, I love espionage storylines and, well, this title caught my eye. I will warn you, it is a series but it is full of so many funny situations that the main character, Maddie, gets into that you can’t help but enjoy the storyline through each book. 

If you are in need of some laughs and crime-solving, try giving this read a try!

I could legitimately add dozen more books to this list because I have read over 200 books this year, but I won’t subject you to that much reading. Instead, head over of my Goodreads page to take a look at the titles I’ve read in 2019.

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