Favorite Books of 2019

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This year was a reading success. Mostly because my husband started reading fiction. I never thought this day would come. We discuss what we are reading, and it’s refreshing to share something outside of work and the kids. Kevin loves the Jack Reacher series. 

Funny story. We were at Barnes and Noble and the guy helping us with our purchase stated that he liked my choice but wasn’t thrilled with Kevin’s reading choice. I wanted to tell him to shut his mouth. I just got my husband to start reading fiction! Don’t you dare judge his choice. Thankfully, Kevin is not easily deterred when he's made up his mind.

Another success this year was seeing my eldest child’s love of reading explode. They have a reading competition at school. The children that reach 700 reading counts points get a limo ride to pick out a free book from Barnes and Noble. He has over 250 points so far. I love that he sets goals and goes after them wholeheartedly.

On to my favorite books of 2019.


A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston

It had been a while since I picked up a fantasy, but I was in the mood for something different. This book intrigued me so I bought it on the spot. It’s different from anything I’ve read. The characters pull at your heart, and you want them to succeed. Stuck in between some of the chapters are a few scenes told by another character. It threw me off the first time. However, you get in the rhythm, and it fits in the story nicely. Give this one a read if you're looking for a fantasy with touches of magic, sisterly love, and love story in the making.



Crooked House by Agatha Christie

If you know me, then you know I love Agatha Christie. She was a master murder mystery storyteller, and this one didn’t disappoint. In the story, a murder has happened at a stately home. The detective is invited to investigate at the request of the granddaughter. Everyone is a suspect. Even the lovely young woman the detective is in love with. It’s a classic who done it that will keep you guessing.


A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock

What is it about the Art Deco period that dazzles? This book was not in my normal reading genre, but the blurb caught my eye. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to put it down. The story is set in New York during the age of the Art Deco period. A socialite's reputation is guarded more than her money. An artist is commissioned to paint a mural in the building. He instantly falls for the main character. The problem is she must decide if she is happy as a socialite or if she wants something daring and with less security.




Hello year of stepping out of my normal genres. I’ve read two of Jenny Colgon's novels and loved them. I’m picky when it comes to contemporary love stories, but this one was perfect. The idea of a story set in a mobile bookshop was perfect for my reading slump. Books, romance, travel,  and new experiences are all wrapped up in this novel.


Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Whoa! This book is the definition of opposites attract. A witch and a chasseur are thrown together by unfortunate events. They must marry but hate what the other represents. They must find a way to make the best of their circumstances. I didn’t want to put this book down either. The magic is described beautifully. The struggle to find your true self and let others love you as you are brings a true human element to this book. If you love fantasy with a twisted love story, pick this one up.

Let me know what your favorite books of 2019 were.

Happy reading,

Amanda

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