Hello and welcome to my #2019bestnine reads! Every year I am looking forward to this post (and now I’m finally doing it for 2019!). Last year (referring to 2019), I was quite picky about my 5 star reads so it was very easy to pick my top 9 reads for 2019. However, not all my 5 star reads got into this list, some of the books in this list I gave a 4.5 star, but because I’m more attached to them, they ended up in this list. With that said, let’s get into the best books I read in 2019!
This list is going to start from the books I like to the books I LOVEEEE. So, make sure, you read it till the end. 😉
1. With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo
I adore the main character, Eboni, so so much. The representation of a single teenage mother was done so well. It was realistic and the struggle shown was real. The plot was well written. Honestly, there’s nothing not to like about this book.
2. Finding Chika by Mitch Albom
I love Mitch Albom so it’s only natural to have this book on my best books of 2019 list. I love the conversation between Mitch and Chika. A lot of emotions and story was told in this book, especially about parents’ sacrifices for their children, what kind of struggles the people in Haiti were facing. If I were a parent, it would definitely be an emotional read.
3. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
This book is home to me. It’s about one of the worst crisis ever happened in Malaya (now is Malaysia), which is caused by racism. This book is able to educate its readers about the tragedy as well as telling people that unity exists even during the darkest of time. I couldn’t relate much on the mental health part of this book, if you’re easily triggered, you better check this book thoroughly first before getting it. Otherwise, it had been a pretty solid read (except the ending, which I felt was so so).
4. The Night Tiger by Yang SzeChoo
I adore this book because it is set in Malaya, in Perak to be precised. It has a lot of unexpected elements and the characters were pretty strong. It talks about the Asian superstitions and culture, so it’s good to have a correct representation of our culture in a book.
5. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
This book just made me hungry most of the time, and in other time, it touched my heart. It is about coming back to your roots, about immigrants, home and a community that would never leave you behind no matter how far and long you’ve gone away. Also, that tiny bit of romance was a perfect addition to a perfect story of coming home.
6. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
If you know me, then you know I love The Fault in Our Stars. I don’t care if this book is almost similar like TFIOS, cause I love this kind of stories so yea. No explanation needed.
7. Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
I was so glad I got to read my very first Japanese literature in 2019. This book was so easy to follow through. Even though the first story wasn’t that great, the rest of the book was sooooo good. I cried for all the 3 remaining stories. It touches on family relationships and time travelling. So, you gotta pick this one for sure!
8. A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
This is phenomenal sequel and that’s all you need to know.
9. The last and the BEST book of 2019 goes to The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds by Selina Siak Chin Yoke
This has been the greatest piece of literature that has ever written. It describes the Baba Nyonya culture and identity so well. After I read this book, I told myself, I could rest in peace knowing such book exists and the author did well in telling the readers about my heritage. I rest my case.
Overall, I’m extremely happy to see that 3 books out of 9 in this list are set in my country, which is Malaysia and the authors are all Malaysians. It was a good year of getting to know my home and culture and also knowing that more Malaysian authors are writing about our home. I hope that more readers would get to know Malaysia better, not just our food, but also our history and our story.