Best of Year

2019 in Review

December 31, 2019

Today’s the last day of 2019 (and of the decade 😱), so that means it’s time to wrap up the year! Personally, I started off the year as a bookseller and then left over the summer to earn a certificate in publishing from the Denver Publishing Institute. This was an amazing experience and confirmed for me that working in children’s marketing is where I’m meant to be—here’s to making that dream come true in 2020!

On the blogging side, I’ve worked hard to continue to grow The Heart of a Book Blogger and my bookstagram account @theheartofabookblogger. I was able to meet a bunch of bloggers I interact with daily for the first time at Yallwest this year, so that was definitely a highlight! I also hosted a bunch of author interviews and guest posts this year and look forward to hosting more in 2020.

My reading life changed dramatically this year as I started listening to audiobooks on a regular basis this past September and will be finishing the year with 22 audiobooks listened to. I’ve loved that this has given me a chance to explore backlist titles that I otherwise probably wouldn’t have read this year. I also started reading graphic novels (16 read this year) and plan to explore more next year. If you have any good audiobook or graphic novel recommendations, let me know in the comments!

And now, as we wrap up the year, I want to share my favorite reads of 2019!

Best of 2019

Best of 2019

{Books are listed in the order that I read them—all books were rated 4+ stars, rereads not included}

To see a better break down of my reading year, take a look at my Goodreads Wrap-Up. And of course, check out the aesthetics I created on Twitter of all the books I read this year:

Here’s to an amazing 2020! Happy New Year, everyone!


  • Reply Kristi @ConfessionsofaYAReader December 31, 2019 at 11:45 AM

    So glad you had a good year! Happy New Year!

    • Reply Jordan December 31, 2019 at 2:04 PM

      Thanks, Kristi! Happy New Year to you too!

  • Reply Jenn @ Bound to Writing December 31, 2019 at 12:18 PM

    Happy New Year! Glad to hear you have had a wonderful year. I absolutely love audiobooks! Some of my favorites are The Stalking Jack the Ripper series, The Hate U Give, and The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

    • Reply Jordan December 31, 2019 at 2:03 PM

      Happy New Year, Jenn! I listened to SJTR and HPD on audio earlier this year and loved the narrator!! I’ll definitely have to check out the other two recs in 2020!

  • Reply Sam@wlabb January 1, 2020 at 1:38 PM

    I had two of these on my Best of the Best, but I featured several others during my 31 days of my top reads on Twitter. Stealing Home, Announcing Trouble, and We Are the Perfect Girl were three I loved to pieces, which were pretty under hyped. Glad to see them here. I have read and loved all of Kaplan’s books, and Trouble had me going out and reading backlist from Dominy.

    • Reply Jordan January 14, 2020 at 7:40 PM

      I need to read Kaplan’s backlist!! Definitely in my 2020 reading plan.

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