Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great 2019 and are looking forward to what 2020 might bring. For me, it’s time for my annual look back at what I’ve been reading. 2019 was the first year I surpassed my Goodreads reading challenge in four years and my highest total yet! I read a total of 54 books, not as many as some people but it’s good for me. I feel like I read a pretty good variety, from classics like 1984 and Little Women, to plenty of new releases too. It’s going to be tough to whittle this down to a top ten, but here it goes…
Covers link to my review, or Goodreads.
The Ten Thousand Doors Of January
A magical tale of adventure, portals and stories. This book was beautifully written and definitely one of my favourites ARCs of the year.
The Grace Year
I loved this twisted YA story and I’ve recommended it to others too. It’s a dark dystopian which won’t be for everyone, but it’s a great story and gives enough hope at the end to make the darkness worthwhile.
I put off reading this for quite a while as it’s not my usual genre, but I read it while in Crete, complete with a visit to Knossos, and it was perfect. Madeline Miller really brings the Greek mythology to life in this intelligent novel.
Shades Of Magic 2 and 3
I struggle to commit to full trilogies but I finally finished this one this year and it was so worth it. One of my favourites, I’m excited to get into the Vicious series next.
The Water Cure
Another one which won’t be for everyone, but this haunting and compelling story got under my skin.
It was a tough call between this one and King’s The Outsider which I also read this year, but this one takes the win for me. A gripping plot, loveable characters and believable friendships and so much fun!
A Monster Calls
One that had been on my list for years and was worth all the hype. Touching and power.
A unique, surreal book about a sleeping sickness which sweeps a small American town, this book transcended genres in a way which was thought-provoking and poignant.
I loved The Secret History so I was a little apprehensive to read this one as it’s received some mixed reviews. I knew it was going to be different to her hit debut, and it was, but this was a vast epic all of its own. If I’m going to commit to a nearly 800-page novel I want it to be good and luckily this one definitely was.
The Art Of Racing In The Rain
Another one which was on my list for a while and totally worth the hype. Heartbreaking and heartwarming, this tale narrated by Enzo the dog will touch any animal lover’s heart.
And that’s it for another year! I already have SO many books on my list for 2020 including a few Christmas pressies like The Testaments and The Starless Sea and some Kindle deals I picked up recently (The Turn Of the Key, The Lost Man, City Of Girls, Platform Seven and SO many more than I can hope to get through…). I’ll probably be starting with my 2020 ARCs – I’ve got four lined up; My Dark Vanessa, Three Hours, The Other People and The Holdout. Any recommendations where I should start from all of these? Let me know in the comments, and let me know what’s on your list for 20201