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My Top 10 Reads Of The Year! 2019

Now that the year is over, it’s time to talk about my favourite reads of the year. It’s been a year of some truly fantastic books.

There’s been some I didn’t expect enjoy but have absolutely ended up loving. There’s also been some I’ve been waiting patiently for and was sure would be on the list but didn’t make it (I’m looking at you ‘Find Me’).

So theses are the books I’ve utterly adored this year. Two of them will probably go down as two of my favourites of all time. These books have made me laugh, made me cry, left me feeling elated and left me absolutely devastated.

In no particular order:

‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernadine Evaristo. This book is just sublime. It’s a perfect piece of fiction. It won the Booker Prize, so I bought it. Then I had the urge to read it and I loved every second. It’s been a while since a book made me feel like this one did. I read this book slowly as I didn’t want to miss a single word! This is the one of the books that’s gone down as one of my favourites of all time. If you haven’t read it, please do. You won’t regret it.

‘Lie With Me’ by Philippe Bensson. Oh lord, be prepared to have your heartbroken. I read this back in August and I still haven’t recovered. It’s one of those books that astounds you with it’s beauty and it’s sorrow. I was crying by page 25 because it was so beautifully written. This has quickly become one of my favourites of all time. It’s just such a wonderful book! I implore you to read this book.

‘Serpent & Dove’ by Shelby Mahurin. This was the best Young Adult book I read this year. A witch and a witch hunter have to get married. Sign me up! This novel just works. It’s got a beautiful, believable slow burn romance. And a kickass female character which YA has been in desperate need of. It’s also got a new magic system which feels so fresh! I love it. I’m desperate for book two! Desperate! Book two is called ‘Blood & Honey’.

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane. I love a nice slow burn romance, and this book is like that. It’s so beautiful, tender yet there’s this utter truth and realness to it. It’s a remarkable piece of fiction. It’s also got some of the characters I’ve read all year in. It was a huge book this year and it deserved to be.

‘Less’ by Andrew Sean Greer. This is one of those books that I think back on and just love. It was heartfelt and charming. It was a love letter to the human spirit. It had a twist at the end I didn’t see coming, but it literally made this novel perfection. It wasn’t released this year, but it’s when I read it so it still counts.

‘My Dark Vanessa’ by Kate Elizabeth Russell. This one of those books that is so well written, so powerful and important that it’s actually difficult to read. And I mean that in the best way. It’s feels more like an experience, than you reading a book. Do not miss this one. It’s going to be huge next year. It’s out March 31st 2020.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings. I’ve seriously never known a book be so intense from the first page. It grabs your heart and doesn’t let go. This book captures a moment in times, a movement. I have feel this book will be huge next year. It’s seriously incredibly. It’s out January

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I just have to include this one on the list. It was the perfect ending to this duology. It had brilliant characters, dialogue that made me laugh out loud, intense storytelling. And my friends, it made me cry in the bath as I was reading. Not just cry. Ugly cry. That’s how good it was.

‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’ by Ocean Vuong. Ugh, what a book. It’s so beautifully written I was crying on page 4. Yes, that’s right, page 4. This novel is so intimate and honest. It’s exquisite. So tender. I just adored it.

‘The Disappearance’ by Katherine Webb. I’m such a huge fan of Katherine’s and I was eagerly awaiting her new novel and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a beautifully written historical fiction, with a mystery I couldn’t figure out (I never can). I just loved it.

So that’s it. My top 10 for year. It’s been a great year for my reading. There have been so truly fantastic books and some awful ones which we won’t talk about. We don’t need that kind of negativity in the world!

I’ll also give a few honourable mentions to a few more fantastic books such as ‘Your House Will Pay’ by Steph Cha, ‘The Other Bennet Sister’ by Janice Hadlow and ‘Dear Lily’ by Drew Davies.

This year was also the year I really tried hard at book blogging, so a big thank you to all you readers and followers! I really appreciate it. I love to hear your opinion about books. So thank you. See you next year.

Until the next review

JTH

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