Show Us Your Books: 2019 Favorites

TBH, this post was difficult for me. Originally I just looked at my 2019 Reading Challenge to see if anything jumped out. The only one that really did was Daisy Jones & The Six...because, I friggin' love that book. It's by far my favorite read of the year.

The next two that I thought about were After I Do and Church of Marvels. These are probably two books that I have thought about on and off a lot since reading.  After I Do had a line about marriage that I think more people need to take to heart. Church of Marvels featured a LBTQ+ love story in the late 1800s-early 1900s and mental health issues and family drama and has stuck in my brain.

From Here to Eternity was an enlightening, weird journey across different cultures and just...peak positive 2019.

But, 4 out of 60 seemed like not much. So I looked closer and was surprised to see that I had actually rated a few books as 5 stars this year.

Becoming and Where the Crawdads Sing...there's just nothing else to say. They've been rightfully praised everywhere and by nearly everyone.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and An American Marriage were also big hits, and for good reasons. Eleanor was an adorable, quirky heroine who was quietly brave and this was heartwarming. An American Marriage was...the opposite. It was a hard read. The characters were sometimes hard to root for, the situation was scary, the relationships were twisted...but it was relevant and important and worth a read.

Bannerless and The Crossing Places were great intros into new series. Bannerless is a bit of a dystopian world, which may have peaked as a genre overall but this is still a very worth-while read. The Crossing Places introduced an anthropologist and detective that definitely gave me a little UK Bones a great way. Myth and mystery are intertwined in a great read.

Speaking of series...gotta mention Courting Darkness. I'll always love anything that deals with the His Fair Assassins world. While this book has been touted as a companion series rather than a's totally a continuation IMO. Whatever you call it, you need to read the first three, then read's a super BA series.

What did you love this year? Link-up and let us know!
Life According to Steph


  1. I need to read Becoming.

  2. Hmmm.... I need to add Daisy Jones & the Six to my list. Where the Crawdads Sing and Becoming were two of my favorites also.

  3. I LOOOOOOOOVE Daisy Jones! Made my top faves of last year. I'm so happy you enjoyed it as well!