The Best Books I Read in 2019

At the beginning of 2019 I made myself a goal to read 2 books a month. That goal got me back in the habit of reading regularly and has me on track to finish 25 books by the end of December. These are my top 5 books from the year. I chose these because not only where their stories enjoyable, but they were also memorable months later.

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1. Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis made this science nerd incredibly happy! Set in a colony on the moon, the story follows Jazz as she tries to upgrade her small smuggling career with a much larger job. Weir includes scientific descriptions of various lunar phenomena that add to the authenticity of the story. Conceptually that’s similar to The Martian, but this one isn’t quite as a science heavy. There’s enough twists and drama to pull you through even if science isn’t your thing.

2. Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin

I absolutely adored this cute novel. Rosie starts a mobile tea shop and travels around England. Themes of adventure, food, and entrepreneurship appealed to me. Not to mention we’ve been toying around with the idea of converting a van into a camper ourselves. This was one of those books that felt like a warm hug every time I opened it. I was a little disappointed when I finished it because that meant it was over.

3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

While I don’t play video games, I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a futuristic world involving a large video game contest for a massive amount of money. You’re told in the beginning how things will end – but that doesn’t change how fast paced and intrigued you are while reading it. Lot’s of 80s references and a quick witted protagonist don’t hurt either. My husband raves about the audiobook version, read by Wil Wheaton.

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4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I didn’t think I was into murder mysteries; I assumed they were kinda dark and gloomy. Reese Witherspoon is in the HBO series that’s based on this book, so I gave the book a shot. This one is snarky, intriguing and very honest about human behaviors. It sucks you in. I get why it’s a best seller, and I read more books by Moriarty this year because of it.

5. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Set on a fictional island, the story follows three sister queens as they approach their 16th birthday. They must fight to the death in order to become queen, which was so intriguing to me. It had been a while since I immersed myself in a completely different world, and I’m looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

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  • Stephanie Henderson

    I love Liane Moriarty, but haven’t read Big Little Lies. I’m definitely using this list as a reference; I’m always looking for book recs! The only one I’ve read from your list is Ready Player One.

    Definitely intrigued by Three Dark Crowns!

    • periodicallycreative

      I’m so glad I made myself read more this year. I’m actually only halfway done with Three Dark Crowns, it’s just that good so far!

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