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31 December 2019

Best of Books 2019

I saw this fabulous post from Steph at A Little But A Lot and I couldn't resist doing the Best of Books bit myself. It's nice to reflect and look back at what has been an incredible reading year.

2019 Reading Stats 

Number of books you read: 155
Number of rereads: 41
Genre you read most: Fantasy

Best of Books 2019

Best book you read in 2019?

The Year After You by Nina de Pass. This book absolutely blew me away, left me lost for words. It is outstanding and I have so much love for it.

Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

Circe by Madeline Miller. I don't know what it was but I just didn't get on with it, which is a shame as it's gorgeous and recommended by everyone and should have been right up my street.

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender. This was actually a reread for me but WOW have I developed a lot as a person since I first read it. It was a bit of a revelation.

Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?

I'd like to hope it was The Year After You by Nina de Pass but I suspect it was actually A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer.

Best series you started in 2019?

The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie. It was such a joy to read that I read it about four times and I can't wait to see where it goes.

Best sequel of 2019?

The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young. I was so excited for the companion to Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young and I wasn't disappointed!

Best series ender of 2019?

Perfect by Cecelia Ahern. I have no idea why I waited as long as I did to read Perfect but holy shit it was amazing.

Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?

I don't think there was anyone in particular that I discovered this year! I mostly read debuts or author's I have already read, and didn't seek out any back catalogues.

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay. This book is, well. Well. It's not my usual cup of tea but I couldn't put it down and I've been recommending it everywhere.

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. It's a fantastic story that I loved with all of my heart.

Book you read in 2019 that you would be most likely to re-read next year?

The Year After You by Nina de Pass. I already have it lined up and I can't wait to read it again. Again. Again. It's truly wonderful.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?

The Beholder by Anna Bright. I got a Fairyloot exclusive edition and it is STUNNING with pink sprayed edges and a shiny cover. So much pretty rose pink.

Most memorable character of 2019?

Mena from Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young. The book itself is pretty memorable, but Mena really is a standout.

Most beautifully written book read in 2019?

The Beholder by Anna Bright. It's not a super fast paced book, but I was so in love with the imagery.

Most thought-provoking/ life-changing book of 2019?

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. It's a book that made me take a long, hard look at my life and what I value.

Book you can’t believe you waited until 2019 to finally read? 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It's an absolutely stunning book and I can't believe I'd waited so long to read it.

Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2019?

She holds a hand up to stop me. "You're privileged, Cara. Don't confuse luck with circumstance - they are not the same thing.” - The Year After You by Nina de Pass.

Shortest & longest book you read in 2019?

Theatre of Cruelty by Terry Pratchett at 4 pages.
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon at 963 pages.

Book that shocked you the most?

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey. This book is Something Else. It's what Game of Thrones could only dream of being in terms of political intrigue, and I loved the way religion and beliefs were used and explored.

OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)?

Francis and Mary from Reign. Shhhh. I'm trash. And I'm counting this tie-in.

Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?

Irina and Dean from Fashionistas: Irina by Sarra Manning. Yes, it's a reread. Yes, they do try it. But it doesn't work and they're excellent friends.

Favorite book you read in 2019 from an author you’ve read previously?

Meat Market by Juno Dawson. I think I have read every one of Juno's books, and I will continue to do so. She is an incredible writer.

Best book you read in 2019 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure/bookstagram, etc.?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. This year I read my first classic that I enjoyed. It's now one of my favourite books ever, and if I hadn't seen it everywhere I wouldn't have picked it up.

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?

I don't really do fictional crushes! 

Best 2019 debut you read?

I have read so many amazing debuts this year that it seems a shame to do this but... The Year After You by Nina de Pass. You must be sick of me mentioning this book!

Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey. The world is incredible, there is such scope!

Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. It's so pure and joyful, 

Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2019?

I cry so easily, so there are many that do this to me! But the most recent was Love, Secret Santa by SA Domingo.

Hidden gem of the year?

Oh no, here it comes again. It is The Year After You by Nina de Pass, mostly because it's small press so doesn't get the same coverage. I am In Love with this book. Absolute hidden gem.

Book that crushed your soul?

Suddenly Single by Carol Wyer. This book crushed my soul in a good way, and I came out better for it.

Most unique book you read in 2019?

Jane Eyre: A Retelling by Tanya Landman. It's incredible how well such a beloved classic has been retold for reluctant readers. It's perfect for a Jane Eyre fix when you haven't got time for a full reread, and retains the soul of the story.

Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Liars by Jennifer Mathieu. This book made me so frustrated, but in the best ways! It's excellent, as are the author's other books.

So there we have it! My Best Books of 2019!

What was your favourite read of 2019?


  1. I have yet to see one person who read This is Going to Hurt and didn't love it. It's such a fantastic book!

  2. Great round up! I see Year After You mentioned more than once. I'll check it out. it sounds interesting a kind of book I like.

  3. Oops My comment went anonymous above. i haven't commented on blogger before! Great round up again!
    Yesha @ Books Teacup and Reviews

  4. I feel like Evelyn Hugo ended up on everyones list of books for 2019! I still need to read Nina de Pass' book since you reccomended it. Hope 2020 treats your reading well too.

  5. I really enjoyed The Year After You too! I might have to check out The Beholder now!

  6. So you read 155 books - that's wow, my number is like 5% of that but numbers aren't important. No they aren't, well, not really but I really like how people are actually reading more.

    I did sort of read 'A curse so dark and lonely' but I couldn't finish it, I just didn't like the main two characters. Grey is the one I like but even he can't make me read the rest of the book. It's sad but this book is just not my cup of tea.

    I have no favorites this year because I had a very slow reading year but I definitely planning on reading more.

    Have a great new year!

    1. Numbers don't matter! It didn't even do me good to read so much, it was actually a really tough reading year. I'm setting my target lower this year haha.

  7. You read so much!! Well done!!
    I have The Year After You as an old Netgalley book, I think I need to cross it off my back list now!

    - Kate xo

  8. Oh my gosh wow you read so many books! I have Circe on my current TBR and I'm interested to see what I think.

  9. This is a great list! I have Meat Market on my TBR and, after seeing how many of these lists it made, I can't wait to read it now!

    I've just seen that my library has Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer, which I am THRILLED about! :D

  10. So many great books! This has really made me want to check out The Year After You!

  11. You read so many books in 2019! I have The Year After You on my shelf and really need to read it!

  12. This is a brilliant wrap up! Some great books on this list.

  13. omgoodness! you reread a lot, this is totally new to me because last year was the first time i purposefully reread!!


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