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My Favorite Books of 2019

Every Sunday in December, I posted a list featuring eight of my favorite books of 2019. I sorted those lists into five categories:


  • Picture Books

  • Books for ES Readers

  • Books for MS Readers

  • YA Lit

  • Graphic Novels

I created these graphics using Canva and I will admit to changing a few of them SEVERAL times, because picking eight books out of all the wonderful titles published this year was hard. That said, I loved each of these books and am happy to share ALL the lists together here for those who might be interested. I'm also including some other "honorable mentions" at the bottom of this post.


As I've mentioned before, I don't place volume related reading goals, because they just don't work for me. Rather, I look at my reading habits each year and pick a goal or two to stretch myself as a reader and human. Sometimes those goals change as the year progresses, but often I let that desire to grow in a specific area inform, but not dictate or limit, my reading life. Last year, one of my reading goals was to read more graphic novels, which I did and wrote about here. After reviewing my 2019 reading habits in order to make these lists, one thing I've noticed is that I read very little non-fiction, so... one of my 2020 goals is to remedy that. (And I've already started).


Overall, 2019 was a great year for books, but I'm looking forward to an even better, more inclusive, publishing year in 2020. If you want to follow along as I share my reading life, you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter or just look for the hashtags #AMAZEballsbooks #ReadThisNow and #RU548.


Happy reading, y'all!






  • Honorable Mentions: (Books I loved but that didn't quite make it into the top Eight): Frankly In Love by David Yoon - YA Lit

  • Allies by Alan Gratz - MG Readers

  • Tristan Strong Kwame Mbalia - MG Readers

  • There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Poole - YA Lit

  • The Boy, The Mole The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

  • Through A Life by Tom Haugomat - Graphic Novels

  • Guts by Raina Telgemeier - Graphic Novels

  • The Paper Son by Turus Wong - Picture Books

  • Pay Attention Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt - ES Readers

  • Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya - MG Readers

  • The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Adaptation) by Renee Nault - Graphic Novels

  • The Jungle (Graphic Adaptation) by Kristina Gehrmann - Graphic Novels

  • The Toll by Neal Schusterman - YA Lit

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