¡Hola, mi gente! I’m finally back in Puerto Rico and ready to go back to writing. I could’ve done it sooner but my life has been chaotic between my brother’s last-minute wedding, family reunions, taking my online classes, and the fucking earthquakes happening nonstop here. Because of all that, and more, I haven’t been in the right mental space to get back to it. But hopefully, I’m back for good. Fingers crossed. ANYWAY, no more excuses let’s go on with the post.
Last year I read 104 books—I still can’t believe it!—so narrowing them down to my favorite five was quite hard. But here they are, my top five favorite books I read in 2019 (that weren’t reread.) They’re in no particular order.
Important: If you want content warning for any of these books just dm me on my Instagram (@lesbe.reader)
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
If I wasn’t already scared enough of addiction, I would be now. But I’m terrified so this book traumatized me. This book is about a teen athlete that has a bright future ahead of her until she gets in a car accident and trying to get back on the field becomes addicted to pain medication. The audiobook made it feel so fucking real that it broke me even more. The realness and graphicness of this book just killed me. I just wanted to help her but alas she’s just a character and I’m pretty sure she would not have wanted it anyway. I must say because this is graphic I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone suffering from addiction or a recovering addict.
Talking about triggering books, here’s one that might also be quite triggering.
Welcome to Ghost Town by Gretchen Gómez
Welcome to Ghost Town is the second poetry collection by the amazing Gretchen Gomez. This is a collection where she talks about her life and her past and current traumas. This is so amazing that it’s now my all-time poetry collection. I’ve read a couple so far and nothing has destroyed me as much as this. It’s just so beautiful! If you’re looking for a poetry book to check out, I recommend this one. Here’s the review I shared on Goodreads.
The ebook is only $4.99, is included on Kindle Unlimited, and the physical copy is $9.99. What else can you ask for?
Birthday by Meredith Russo
Let’s continue with heart-hitting contemporaries. Now we have Birthday an own voices book about a trans girl in a small close-minded town. This book is about Morgan and Eric two best friend who shares a birthday and has been best friends since the day they were born. It is told through their birthday from when they’re thirteen, I believe, to when they turn eighteen. This is about Morgan’s struggle trying to accept herself and also come out to Eric as a trans girl and about Eric struggling to deal with his family and the expectations they set on him. Oh, did I mention it has a romance?
Oh my God was this book heart-hitting but at the same time beautiful. It made me smile but also almost cry. It destroyed my heart but also gave me hope. I just wanted to hug my babies. Meredith Russo truly knows how to make you feel what the characters feel. This is why she’s one of my favorite authors.
The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake
This year was the year I fell in love with Middle Grade and that was in part because of this jewel of a novel. The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James is about a lot of things, discovering your sexuality, falling in love, trying to start over after being close to dying, and having to deal with the comeback of the mother that left you when you were just a child. This was such a hopeful beautiful read with a speck of heart-hitting. Let’s just say I don’t cry with books but I cried while reading the last 60 or so pages both of happiness and sadness. Ugh, I just adore this book so much. I need to do a reread ASAP.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Now, this is a bit of a polarizing book, people seem to either love it or hate it but oh man did I loved it. I am so surprised a fantasy book made it into this list. I’m normally not a fantasy fan and I bought this because of the pre-published hype so I wasn’t sure if I would like it. But this… This just wowed me, it blew me away. This book is about a girl who can talk to gods and a boy that has blood magic power. They are of the fighting opposite kingdoms and one is hunting the other. Two things ignore the Goodreads synopsis ’cause spoilers AND NEVER LOOK AT THE AUTHORS TWEETS they are HUGE spoilers like HUGE. Now go read it and thank me later.
Well, those are my top five favorite books of 2019? Have you read any of these? Let me know and