2019! What a year it’s been for reading! There has been so many amazing books released this year and some incredible debuts amongst them. I have read a total of 107 books this year and out of the books I have read there has been some that I was just captivated by. So, today, I’m going to be sharing with you my top 10 reads of 2019. It was hard to whittle it down to just 10…let me tell you that.
What books made it onto your top reads of 2019?
1 ) King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
It’s pretty obvious that this was going to be on the list. I loved being back in the Grishaverse and I simply couldn’t put it down. King of Scars took me on one epic, emotional journey and after that ending I can’t wait to read the next book in this duology!
2 ) Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
2019 was a year where I got into YA Crime/Thrillers and Two Can Keep a Secret blew my mind! Having read Karen’s first book One of us is Lying I couldn’t wait to read her adrenaline inducing writing again. This kept me hooked and I honestly didn’t see the conclusion coming.
3 ) Proud Book
Proud Book was just a work of pure genius! I was so excited to read it after all the hype and I’m so glad I did! I enjoyed every single piece of work within it and just devoured it. Proud was inspirational, moving and heartwarming.
4 ) Potkin and Stubbs by Sophie Green
This middle grade noir detective story was just remarkable. The world of Lil and Nedly is one that I would love to be a part of. Sophie’s evocative and thrilling writing kept me hooked and I can honestly say I am a huge fan of this series.
5 ) The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf
Well, The Boy at the Back of the Class broke me and I’ll admit I cried several time when reading it. It touched upon an issue that not many of us think about and brought it to the forefront. It was beautifully written and captivated me.
6 ) The Girl Who Came Out of the Woods by Emily Barr
Emily Barr is slowly becoming one of my favourite YA authors and The Girl Who Came of the Woods is one of the reasons why. I devoured this book! The concept was so unique and was brought to life in such an expressive way. It was honestly such a gripping, page turning read.
7 ) A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Holly Jackson’s debut crime/thriller was an instant hit with me. The individual way the story was told stood out to me and the twists and turns throughout had me shook. You wouldn’t have known it was a debut! I for one, cannot wait for the sequel.
8 ) All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman
All The Things We Never Said was a beautifully written, almost poetic book about the struggles of mental health and how it can affect us all in different ways. The diversity within it was perfect and I loved the message of how beautiful things can blossom even when things seem hopeless.
9 ) The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
The Black Flamingo was simply stunning. I hadn’t read a book written in verse before reading this, but it’s definitely made me want to read more like it. This book was all about one boy’s journey to discover his true identity and it was utterly gorgeous.
10 ) The Toll by Neal Shusterman
Well the conclusion to the gripping Arc of a Scythe series didn’t disappoint! Having waited impatiently to read it since the ending of Thunderhead, I was so excited to be back in this world. The finale had me gripped and I was honestly so sad when I turned the last page. I need more!
Books that didn’t quite make the list, but get an honourable mention
Outside by Sarah Ann Juckes
Summer of No Regrets by Kate Mallinder
The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie
No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter
Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green
The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith Barton
D.O.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
American Royals by Katharine McGee
The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave