I can’t believe its this time of year again – time to do my top ten post! It is now 2020 (I still can’t believe I am saying that) and I have set my goodreads challenge to 65 books for this year – I hope I succeed!
Anyway, here are my top ten books that I read in 2019 (excluding manga and graphic novels – there’s a separate post coming for them).
Number 10 – Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
This books ranking in at number ten! This book is about a teenager who suffers with anxiety, who is wanting to go to art school. However, she doesn’t get accepted in to her school of choice, so she instead tours the west coast in search of new schools.
I absolutely adored this book. It was my first book from this author and I have heard so many good things about her so I did have high expectations – but the book was better than the expectations! I loved the main character, and I found reading about her struggles quite uplifting in a way. I can’t wait to read more by Akemi Dawn Bowman and I hope I like her other books just as much.
Number 9 – A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Number nine on my list is A Curse So Dark and Lonely. This book follows Harper who is thrown into a new world. A new world which Prince Rhen is heir of, called Emberfall. Rhen is cursed, and if a girl falls in love with him the curse will be lifted.
This book is a retelling of Beauty and The Beast. However, I didn’t go in to this book comparing the two together as I didn’t want to get disappointed (as I really love Beauty and the Beast.) However, even if I did end up comparing them I think I would love this book just as much as I did when I wasn’t making comparisons.
The second book in the series is going to come out soon and I can’t wait!
Number 8 – The Diviners by Libba Bray
Number eight on this list is The Diviners by Libba Bray. Up until this book, I have never read anything based in the 1920s before and since reading this book, the 1920s have become one of my favourite time eras, and I am currently on the search for more books based around then.
The thing I loved the most about this book was the atmosphere. Despite everything that was going on in the book, it still made me feel warm and cosy. I also adored Evie and her friends and I can’t wait to continue on with this story.
Number 7 – Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo in 2018 and it was one of my favourites of the year so when I knew she was releasing a new book I was so excited! I went to the bookshop on the day of it’s release and was there ready and waiting and I practically ran in the shop when it opened and grabbed it – I must have looked really odd!
This book isn’t a genre I’d normally go for, in all honesty. I am so glad that I gave it a go and I am so happy I enjoyed it as much as I did.
In 2020, I hope to read more books by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I know she already has some released so I am going to buy them on my Kindle. I hope I enjoy her older books just as much as her recent two.
Number 6 – Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Okay so I have a truth to tell you all: this was my first time reading this book. I know, I have a Harry Potter shrine in my house, I have a massive Harry Potter tattoo on my leg and I haven’t ever read The Order of The Phoenix? Pretty awful, really. I have my reasons! I have been quite open in the past regarding my hatred for The Goblet of Fire and I have never managed to finish the book so I never moved on with the series. However, I was talking to my Namps the other day, who absolutely adores Harry Potter too, and he told me that as I have watched the film, I know what happens so I might as well as just move on with the series – which I did and I was so happy with my choice! The Order of The Phoenix is joint top with The Prisoner of Azkaban and I never thought that anything would match that book because I loved it so much!
I am currently reading The Deathly Hallows and I am also loving that book, too!
Bit of a disclaimer too: I am aware that JK Rowling has been in the press quite a lot recently regarding transphobia and having really horrible views. Obviously, I do not agree with anything she has said, nor will I ever read any new releases that she will release in the future. I don’t particularly like her anymore and sadly this is a case of having to separate the author from the books. I am a massive fan of Harry Potter and like I said above; I have a massive Harry Potter tattoo on my leg. Sadly, JK Rowling has lost a fan in me. Again, these are my views and I don’t mean to chuck my views at people but I thought I would explain how I feel.
Number 5 – Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Number five on this list is Every Heart a Doorway. This is now officially one of my favourite series of all time! I downloaded them all on my Kindle, and read and listened to them on audiobook at the same time. I am happy I chose to read them this way as I feel like I enjoyed it more!
Having to pick one book out of the series was hard – so I picked the first book as if I didn’t enjoy this one, I wouldn’t have gone on to love the others! I have read the second and third books in this 5-book series, one straight after another, and I fangirled hard with my best friend over them, too!
Another aspect I love about these books is the character development. These books have some of the best characters that I have ever read about – but, my favourite has to be Rini who is in the third book of the series Beneath the Sugar Sky.
I am planning on rereading these books in 2020, then continuing on with the last two books that I haven’t read yet. I am so excited!
Number 4 – The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Number four on this list is The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell. This book is the last one I read in 2019, and it went straight to fourth on this list!
At first, I was quite hesitant to read this book as it had such a hype and I didn’t want to hate it. At first, the dual perspective threw me a little and I found myself getting confused – I had to restart twice! However, once I got into the hang of it (I always find books with multiple perspectives quite difficult at first) I really flew through it.
Throughout the entire book I found myself creeped out (in a good way, honestly!) and I found reading about a cult-like sitution interesting – I have never read a book like this before!
I am so happy I picked this book up, and now because of it, I am in the mood for thrillers and crime books!
Number 3 – All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Third on this list is All The Bright Places. As many of you know, I work in the mental health sector and I am currently training to be a Mental Health Nurse, I also suffer with mental illness myself – so I always find myself to be quite harsh when rating mental health books. This book started off quite slow, but I found it picked up after the first 25%. After that, it slowly became one of my favourite books of all time.
This is a book that gets quite a lot of hate for not being realistic. However, despite the fact that I do not agree with some parts of the book, I found myself falling in love with the characters and their separate struggles.
Also, can I just say that I was not expecting the ending, at all!
Overall, I really loved this book and I am so glad I decided to pick it up.
Number 2 – A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson
Number two on this list is A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder which is a mystery novel.
A didn’t have many high expectations when going in to this book but it completely hit me by surprise! I read it in one sitting and I didn’t guess the twist at the end, not at all!
Number 1 – Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
FINALLY! My favourite book of 2019 is Radio Silence by Alice Oseman!
I picked this up once finishing Heartstopper by the same author as I also loved that book, too!
I picked this up with no expectations. I have heard that some people love it, and I have heard of other people hating it. I didn’t read any reviews before starting it as I wanted to make my own opinions and not have it effected my anything I read online.
This book is one of my favourite books of all time. I loved the characters, plot, atmosphere, everything. There isn’t enough words for me to describe how much I truly loved it.
I don’t want to say much more about this, as I went into it not really knowing what it was about which I think was best. JUST READ THIS BOOK!!!
I have three honourable mentions for this list. Books that narrowly missed having a spot on the main one. I am not going to go into details regarding these books, but I recommend them all and I hope you have a chance to read them soon!
Number 1 – Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus
Number 2 – The Girl in The Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
Number 3 – This is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay