My 2019 Reading List (assigned by you!)

Hey Friends!

A few weeks ago, I asked you to give me your recommendations for your favorite books you read in 2018, and boy howdy did you all deliver. After getting all of your amazing recs, I thought it was only fair to share the final list back with you. Check them out below, and happy reading!

A couple things first…

  1. I’m not technically recommending these books. I haven’t even read half of them yet. But they are books that you recommended to me, and I trust y’all to have good taste. If a book you love didn’t make it onto the list, or a book you hate did, that’s okay. This isn’t some kind of “best of” list–it’s just the books you sent in when I asked for recs.
  2. I’ve grouped the books below into very rough categories, based on the 10 seconds I spent looking at each book’s page. My categories could be wrong! And since I put each book only in one category, I’m almost certainly missing some categorizations. That’s ok, though. These aren’t meant to be perfect–just a starting place for my brain when I think, “Hmm, I’m in the mood for some [X] right now.”

Cool? Cool. Now, without further ado, the Spencer Spears Reader-Recommended Reading List for 2019 (yikes, what a mouthful!):


Let There Be Light by A.M. Johnson Definitely, Maybe, Yours by Lissa Reed
Nested Hearts series by Ada Maria Soto Passing Stranger by Louisa Keller
Fourth Point by AJ Sherwood Forever Wilde Series by Lucy Lennox
Straight Guys series by Alessandra Hazard Made Marian series by Lucy Lennox
Moore series by Alex Miska IRL by Lucy Lennox & Molly Maddox
Firsts and Forever series by Alexa Land The Quarterback by Mackenzie Blair
Arden St. Ives series by Alexis Hall Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton
Lord of Roses by Alice Camden Promises by Marie Sexton
Gambling Men by Amy Lane Frog by Mary Calmes
Hearts Entwined series by Andrew Grey Kairos by Mary Calmes
Jesse’s Smile by Angelique Jurd The Way Home series by May Archer
Souls of Chicago series by Annabella Michaels Metal Heart by Meredith Shane
For Today by B. Cranford Galaxies and Oceans by N.R. Walker
Zeke’s Wood by Barbara Elsborg On Davis Row by N.R. Walker
Kitchen Gods series by Beth Bolden Private Charter by N.R. Walker
Then the Stars Fall by Brandon Witt Red Dirt Heart series by N.R. Walker
The Unforgettable Duet by Brooke Blaine Switched by N.R. Walker
Strange Bedfellows by Cardeno C The Weight of it All by N.R. Walker
Walk With Me by Cardeno C Center of Gravity by Neve Wilder
Over and Over Again by Cole McCade Dedicated by Neve Wilder
BFF series by Devon McCormack Love Me Whole by Nicky James
Forever and Ever by Devon McCormack Broken by Nicola Haken
Brooklyn Boys series by E. Davies No Shame series by Nora Phoenix
ONE by E.S. Carter Play It Again Charlie by R Cooper
Sebastian’s Journal by Eden Elsworth Rose Falls series by Raleigh Ruebins
Fake Boyfriend series by Eden Finely Loving You series by Renae Kay
Professor Adorkable by Edie Danford 415 Ink series by Rhys Ford
Five Dares by Eli Easton His Truth by Riley Hart
Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton Of Sunlight and Stardust by Riley Hart and Christina Lee
Men of Lancaster County by Eli Easton Beautiful Chaos by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack
Confession series by Ella Frank Metropolis series by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack
Temptation series by Ella Frank Fever Falls series by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack
Summit City series by Ethan Day Invitation to the Blues by Roan Parrish
Misfits by Garrett Leigh A Love Song for the Sad Man in the White Coat by Roe Horvat
Take My Picture by Giselle Ellis The Veranda by Rosalind Abel
Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan Hot & Sweet by Sean Ashcroft
Special Delivery by Heidi Cullinan Leashes and Lace series by Shaw Montgomery
Without a Compass by Helen Juliet My Godfather by Sky Boss
The Men of Halfway House series by Jaime Reese Four Ever by Sloane Kennedy
Something Like series by Jay Bell Pelican Bay series by Sloane Kennedy
All That Drag by Jess Whitecroft Protector series by Sloane Kennedy
Dane by K Webster Forever Faithful series by Stella Starling
Out of the Shadows by K.C. Wells Lyon Road Vets by Sue Brown
Truth & Betrayal by K.C. Wells LOVESTRONG series by Susan Hawke
Heathen’s Ink series by K.M. Neuhold Love You So Madly by Tara Lain
Ballsy Boys series by K.M. Neuhold and Nora Phoenix Chase Me Home by Tatum West
Future Fake Husband by Kate Hawthorne & E.M. Denning Men of Crooked Bend series by Taylor Rylan
Untouchable by Kay Simone & Ruthie Luhnow Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels
Valor on the Move by Keira Andrews Bear, Otter, and the Kid by TJ Klune
Always by Kindle Alexander How to Be a Movie Star by TJ Klune
Havoc by Kindle Alexander How to Be a Normal Person by TJ Klune
Like Us series by Krista and Becca Ritchie At First Sight series by TJ Klune
Is It Over Yet by L.A. Witt Going Inksane by Trish Edmisten
Leaning Into series by Lane Hayes Carpenter’s Apprentice by Van Barrett
Finding Home series by Lily Morton Drawn Together by Z.A. Maxfield
Mixed Messages series by Lily Morton


A King Undone by Cooper David
Any Old Diamonds by KJ Charles
Sins of the Cities series by KJ Charles
The Charioteer by Mary Renault
Nova Praetorian by N.R. Walker
By the Currawong’s Call by Welton B. Marsland


Hot Mall Santa by A.J. Truman
Goldilocks and the Bear by Clare London
The Christmas Knife by Jackie North
A Family for Christmas by Jay Northcote
Snow on the Roof by Sean Ashcroft
The Twelfth Date by Stella Starling


Hunt&Cam4Ever series by Adira August
His Cocky Valet by Cole McCade
Stay by K.M. Neuhold
Saving Sebastian by Luna David
Accidental Master series by M.A. Innes
One Man’s Trash by Marie Sexton
Trials of Fear by Nicky James
Discovery by Quinn Ward


Veterans Affairs series by A.E. Wasp
From War to Forever by Andria Large
Out of Uniform series by Annabeth Albert


Chosen series by JD Light
Heat of Love series by Leta Blake
Blackwood Pack series by Mary Rundle
Vale Valley Season 1 by Multiple authors
Irresistible Omegas series by Nora Phoenix
Hollydale series by Susi Hawke
Grabbed by Susi Hawke & Crista Crown
His First Family by Victoria Sue


Within the Mind by Alice Winters Zero to the Bone by Jane Seville
Nothing Special series by A.E. Via The Plumbers Mate by JL Merrow
Cut & Run by Abigail Roux Unbreakable Bonds series by Jocelyn Drake and Rinda Elliott
They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera Ward Securities series by Jocelyn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Curl Up & Dye series by Aimee Nicole Walker Adrien English mysteries by Josh Lanyon
In Darkness series by Alice Winters Badge of Loyalty by Jude Tresswell
Fish Out of Water series by Amy Lane The Company We Keep by Kay Simone
Snow & Winter mysteries by C.S. Poe Back to You by Kim Breyon
Four Kings Security series by Charlie Cochet Trouble Brewing series by Layla Reyne
Cambrige Fellows Mysteries by Charlie Cochrane Stonewall Investigations series by Max Walker
Criminal Intentions series by Cole McCade Cold Case series by Pandora Pine
Bitter Legacy by Dal Maclean Sinner’s Gin series by Rhys Ford
A Love Worth Saving by David Horne Whisper by Tal Bauer
Nick Williams mysteries by Frank W. Butterfield


Quentin Hart, Vampire Bounty Hunter by Amber Kell
Hounds of Hell series by Flynn Eire
San Andreas Shifters series by GL Carriger
A Ferry of Bones and Gold by Hailey Turner
PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price
Blood from a Stoner by L.A. Witt
Any Given Lifetime by Leta Blake
The Chosen One series by Macy Blake
S.E. Harmon by P.S. I Spook You
Omega Reimagined series by Tanya Chris
Green Creek series by TJ Klune


Calluvia’s Royalty series by Alessandra Hazard
Inheritance series by Amelia Faulkner
Taking Shield series by Anna Butler
Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat
Vale Chronicles series by Joel Abernathy
Charm of Magpies series by KJ Charles
Evolved by N.R. Walker
Tales From Verania series by TJ Klune
The Bones Beneath My Skin by TJ Klune
Struck by Victoria Kinnaird


Hot Off the Ice series by A.E. Wasp
On the Ice by Amy Aislin
The Blueprint by S.E. Harmon
A Deeper Blue by S.E. Harmon
HIM series by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Thrown Off the Ice by Taylor Fitzpatrick
Linemates by Van Barrett


Lock and West by Alexander Eberhard
The Story of Us by Barbara Elsborg
Genuinely Extraordinary by Bobbie Rayne & Steph Maries
Loving Lakyn by Charlotte Reagan
A Surplus of Light by Chase Connor
Boy Shattered by Eli Easton
Social Intercourse by Greg Howard
Sometime After Midnight by L. Phillips

FYI: I use affiliate links for books on this site, which means that I get a tiny bonus if you purchase anything using those links, but the price for you remains the same. Win/win, right?


  1. Tim House

    Thanks for all your work. Love the upbeat nature of your communication, both in emails & your stories.
    We FINALLY have a week or 10 days of above freezing temps here in Michigan, with 65 predicted for tomorrow (before returning to the 40s the day after). Definitely time to get the bike down from the garage ceiling & put away the damn snow shovel & gloves !!!
    Thanks for the freebies & reading list.
    I hope for you continued success & writing accomplishments — but mostly that no day goes by without your finding some joy, opportunity to laugh, and something to appreciate & marvel at (and i mean all those in each day, not just one of them).
    Thanks again for using your readers as an outlet for your creative capabilities !! Much appreciated.

  2. J

    Thank you for putting together this list and links. I really appreciate the free stories from you…..

    I’m in Iowa and its finally warming up…….and I daydream about being able to soon sit out on our patio and reading some of these.

  3. Lynn

    Love your books. Great recommendations will check them out.
    I am in East Texas and our weather here is weird to the extreme.
    You wake in the morning it’s 30 by noon it’s 60 don’t know how to dress.
    But you can keep your snow don’t want it or need it.
    Texans can’t drive in snow.LOL take care and stay warm.

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