My Favorite Books of 2019 (so far)

Since it’s already June, I thought I would check in and share my favorite books of 2019 so far. A few of these are actually new releases from this year and others are books that I finally got around to reading from years past. All of them I highly recommend!

Favorite Books of 2019

The Gown by Jennifer Robson

I just finished this novel and honestly I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did! I thought a story about making a dress would be, dare I say, boring. Thankfully I didn’t listen to my own negativity haha. It is about making Queen Elizabeth’s gown, but those parts are just as fascinating as the relationship between the two friends.




Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Another novel that I seriously underestimated. I swear, I’m my own worst enemy. Things You Save in a Fire is a fast-paced summer read about a female firefighter who moves across the country to help her estranged mother. There’s a charming rookie, opportunities for forgiveness, and overcoming prejudice in this excellent book.




The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

I love that Louise Miller is also a baker in real life. She’s an excellent follow on Instagram 🙂 Anyone who loves baking or foodie books will enjoy this novel.





Still Life by Louise Penny

Murder mysteries are typically not my cup of tea. There’s something about Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series that has me completely hooked, though. The town of Three Pines is immensely charming and I read these more for the inhabitants and their stories than the actual murders.




My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

If you’re looking for well-written chick lit, you’ve found it! Christina Lauren are two friends who write a TON of rom com novels. This was my first and still one of my favorites, but you can’t go wrong will almost any of theirs.





The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

I was delighted when the publisher reached out and asked if I wanted to be a part of a book tour for The Flatshare! Thankfully, I’m ecstatic to sing its praises. It’s witty and funny and an all around good time read. Plus, the main characters get to know each other through Post-it notes! So cute.




Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

I’m sure most of you have already read this bestseller, but if you haven’t go read it now! I was entranced by the plight of the swamp girl and rooting for her until the very end.





The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand is another author with loads of hits, but The Blue Bistro is my number one choice so far. Adrienne heads to Nantucket in search of a job and lands at one of the hottest restaurants on the island. I enjoyed reading the behind the scenes glimpse at running a restaurant and of course the budding romance!




The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

This novel is about so much more than the Alaskan wilderness. On the surface it starts as a simple tale about a family learning to survive the harsh winters. As the story progresses it becomes a in depth look at the persistence of love and how it can destroy or build up relationships.




The Problem of God by Mark Clark

One of my goals is to read more Christian nonfiction. I started off with a bang by reading The Problem of God. Clark breaks down numerous arguments against Christianity and shares the Bible-based facts. He addresses topics such as religion and science, the historical accuracy of the Bible, and Jesus’ resurrection.




What are your favorite books of 2019 so far?


If you’re looking for more excellent books, check out my favorite books from 2018.


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  1. I just finished The Gown (audiobook) and absolutely loved it. I’m looking forward to Things You Save in a Fire too. Thanks for all the recommendations.

  2. Am a new follower to your blog so I was pleased to recognize quite a few titles on your “favorites so far” list. I was fortunate to read and review “Where the Crawdads Sing” pre-pub and gave it a rare (for me) 5 star rating. Your comments prompted me to bump up a few titles on my TBR list – am ready for some summer reading (and weather!) Thanks for inspiring me!

  3. I am currently listening to Where the Crawdads Sing on audiobook and really enjoying it. At first I wasn’t so sure. I find stories with rough home life depictions hard for me to like, but I persevered and am about half way through.

  4. Everybody loves Where The Crawdads Sing soooo much that I have to get a copy ASAP. I plan on trying to get the audiobook for our road trip to NC. Can’t wait. I hadn’t really tuned into these other titles so I will have to check them out.

    1. It would be a perfect accompaniment for a road trip to NC! I actually started listening on audio then switched to the hardcover because I wanted to read it faster.

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