I hope you all are enjoying the festive season.
I can’t quite believe that it’s this time of the year again and I’m summing up my favourite reads of 2019. Is it just me that blinked and the year came to an end or did you all feel it too?
I’m so happy with the amount of books I’ve read this year. I know it’s not as many as other people, but I’ve doubled the amount of books I read last year and surpassed my Goodreads goal, so I can’t complain at that!
For today’s post I’m discussing my top 10 reads of 2019. It’s been tough to whittle my favourites down to just ten (and I have cheated slightly – oops). Ive read a lot of books this year that have made a lasting impact and have been absolutely incredible.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books and if so, what your thoughts on them were. Did you love them as much as I did? Or did they leave something to be desired? I’d love to know!
My Top 10 Reads of 2019
1. Scythe + Thunderhead – Neal Shusterman
The Arc of a Scythe series is one of the best I’ve EVER read and I was honestly blown away by it. I always had an inkling I’d love it as the concept is so original and interesting, but I didn’t half expect to enjoy it as much as I did! I didn’t read these until the latter end of the year, but they quickly became my fave reads.
I’m currently reading the final book, The Toll, and I honestly don’t want this series to end. There are so many twists and turns along the way that I didn’t expect at all and the writing is absolutely superb. I’d highly recommend giving this series a go.
2. This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay
This is another book I’ve read very recently in December. I listened to the audiobook and I’d honestly recommend this book to everyone. Everyone I know that’s also read this book has loved it just as much as I did. I can hold my hands up and say that I haven’t belly laughed at a book this much for years.
The audiobook is narrated by Adam Kay himself and his comedic timing is perfect. There are some sad parts to the book and it’s certainly eye opening. Alongside being hilarious Adam explains how taxing being a doctor really is on all parts of life, from losing relationships, affecting mental health and missing important life events. It’s definitely made me see medicine in a new light and has given me the utmost respect for doctors given how little pay and time off they get, for the taxing job they do, and the amount of unpaid overtime they work.
3. They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera
This book shook me to the core and I’m SO glad I finally read it. It’s weird reading a book where you know the outcome of the ending is inevitable. I spent the whole time wishing that the characters would avoid death when the title literally explains what will happen. I love that the book has LGBTQIA+ representation and it’s honestly so moving. I loved both characters and it was such a great concept. I can’t wait to read more books by Adam Silvera in the future. This was easily the best YA contemporary read I’ve read in a long time.
4. The Quiet at the End of the World – Lauren James
There was a lot of hype surrounding this book and I thought it was an interesting concept. I enjoyed TQATEOTW a lot more than I anticipated and was so happy I read it. The chacaters, writing and story was great and it made me realise just how much I actually enjoy reading Sci-Fi/dystopian books based on Earth in the future.
5. Heartstopper Vol 1 + 2 – Alice Oseman
I adored these graphic novels so much and they were easily the best graphic novels I’ve ever read. I blitzed through them both in one sitting each and couldn’t get enough of the story. Not only are the graphics amazing, but it’s such a great plot too. There is so much LGBTQIA+ representation and they’re absolutely adorable. These graphic novels are the cutest and I love that I share the same birthday and birth year as Alice Oseman, she’s achieved so much so far.
6. The Cruel Prince – Holly Black
This was another book I listened to the audiobook of. I’ll be honest, I tried to listen to it last year, but DNFed it because I wasn’t a fan of the narrator. I decided to give it a second chance this year and I’m so glad I did. I actually ended up loving this book and didn’t want to stop listening to it. I even gave it 5 stars when I hated the enemies to lovers trope it had. It was an interesting plot and as I didn’t have any huge expectations I was so surprised by it. I wanted to read more fantasy this year and I’m glad I gave The Cruel Prince a chance!
7. The Kingdom – Jess Rothenberg
This was an ARC I recieved from the Swansea Blogger’s Collective and had never heard of prior to it. I was so glad I was gifted this as in all honesty this probably wouldn’t have been a book I would have instantly gravitated towards. I devoured it in pretty much one sitting and thought it was excellent. It’s such an interesting concept and I really hope the plot continues and it isn’t just a stand alone. The way the book is set out with interviews and article clippings made it fun to read too.
8. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
It’s been over six months since I finished this book and I’m STILL trying to wrap my head around it. It was on my radar for months and I finally picked it up before attending the Stuart Turton event at Swansea Waterstones back in April. Boy oh boy, was I taken on a journey. This book is like a mixture of an Agatha Christie novel and Groundhog Day. It’s a lot to take in and will leave you mulling over it for hours, but in the best possible way. I’ve not read a book with such an intricate plot before, every single tie was knotted and that ending… wow. A superb book that’s so unlike anything I’ve read before that you’ve got to give it a read yourself to truly understand.
9. Parsnips, Buttered – Joe Lycett
This was the first audiobook I listened to this year and was not disappointed. Although there’s some jokes included that I’d heard Joe tell before, it was still hilarious and as he narrates the audiobook you couldn’t have asked for much better. I’d not read a book by a comedian before and was overjoyed by how good it was. Joe Lycett’s comedy is hilarious and I couldn’t help but to laugh out loud on more than one occasion.
10. Serpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin
This is the only book on my list that isn’t marked on my Goodreads as 5 stars but I still loved it. I’ve chosen to include it in my top reads because I didn’t expect to enjoy it all that much. This year I’ve tried to read out of my comfort zone a little more and this was one of those books. I was so surprised by how much I loved it and the characters. It’s a book that has a true enemies to lovers trope in it, which I loved reading may I add. I usually hate this, but it was played out absolutely perfectly. The plot has built up brilliantly for the next book and I can’t wait to read it.
Question of the day: What was your favourite read of 2019?
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