My Top Ten Books for 2019

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As ever, I’m tremendously excited to talk about my favourite books from this year (pretty much bouncing off the walls!!!). And as ever, this is a really mixed list in terms of genre- though all of them are top quality! Of course, not all of these were released in 2019, though there are a few! And of course, I’m not including rereads. All book covers link to reviews as well. Okay, I think I’ve covered all my bases- let’s just jump into it and talk about some *brilliant books*!!!

number 10


Skyward– here’s a joyous read to kick off the list. Spensa has stolen my heart and become one of my all-time favourite heroines. This was so much fun and drama from beginning to end- really recommend this space opera and can’t wait to continue with the series!

number 9

wolf in the whale

Wolf in the Whale– this deliciously dark and highly unusual captured my imagination. A wintry fantasy, where Vikings meet Inuit culture, has been a bit of a divisive new release this year. And I get why- some of the events were pretty chilling, so obviously it’s not going to be for everyone. Yet, I found this completely absorbing and was impressed that it wasn’t afraid to show the past as it really was.

number 8

wayward son

Wayward Son– this very late addition was another book that brought me joy (though not always joyful). Really though, given how I’ve carried on about Carry On over the years, is it any surprise I had a soft spot for this second Simon Snow story? Guaranteed to satisfy long term fans and make you smile- even through tough times.

number 7

radio silence

Radio Silence– this book just meant so much for me. I know that there a lot of people who say “this book spoke to me”, but guys, this book really felt like it was speaking to me. That’s the magic of a truly relatable story- somehow it connects with so many different people, from all different backgrounds.

number 6

Impossible Times trilogy– aka One Word Kill/Limited Wish/Dispel Illusion– yeah, yeah, I know I’m cheating by counting this as one book, but I do it every year, so are you surprised? 😉 Also, you can whizz through them so fast you may very well feel like it was one book/you have a time machine 😉 To be honest, every book in this series earned its place here. No other book series has entertained me as much as this in 2019! And I was blown away by the cleverness. I know that in the future, I’m gonna look back on this with nothing but happy memories 😊

number 5

winter of the witch

Winter of the Witch– Arden *one hundred percent* managed to stick the landing. The Winternight series has easily become one of my favourite series of all time. A perfect ending to a perfect trilogy. What’s amazing is how good the other books were to beat this out of the top three. Any other year and this easily could’ve taken the number 1 spot, which is just my way of telling you to get excited about the books that are above this on the list 😉

number 4


Beowulf– I loved every second of this. I’m so happy I finally picked this up- but even more grateful I read the Seamus Heaney version, thanks to Joelendil, because it truly was a masterclass in translation.

number 3

in order to live

In Order to Live– now we’re getting to books that made me emotional. I don’t have a full review for this one, because I just struggle to find the words, so I’m gonna try my best to describe how poignant, powerful and important this book is. This memoir was a memorable portrayal of life in North Korea. I learnt so much from it and was moved to tears. It’s just one of those *must-read* books, so you must read it if you haven’t already!

number 2

the man in the white sharkskin suit

Man in the White Sharkskin Suit– this is another book which made me cry. It’s the story of the 1950s Jewish Exodus from Egypt, told in a very personal way, where Lagnado really showcases her relationship with her father. Rather sadly, Lagnado passed away this year, after a lifelong struggle with cancer. Her voice survives in this beautiful book.

number 1


Sadie– ahh this book- I can’t seem to stop recommending it! Beautifully told and immensely powerful, the reason this book is so good is because too often serials/podcasts/true crime focuses on the perpetrators. I think it’s time we gave the victims a voice and no book could have done a better job than this. It also introduced me to the wonders of a well-done audiobook- for which I am immensely grateful. And yes, it made me cry (a lot).

So, have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? And what was your favourite book(s) of 2018? Let me know in the comments!

59 thoughts on “My Top Ten Books for 2019

  1. Aaah!! So happy to see that Radio Silence made it onto your list ❤️
    It was my first (and current fave) Alice Oseman that i’ve read!

    Sadie has been on my virtual wanna read for quite a while., still has yet to buy it or pick it up 🤭

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  2. The Wolf in the Whale has been on my tbr for so long, but other books keep taking priority. This month, for example, I’ve got to read a book gifted to me for my birthday (in September! yikes!) instead, even though I’m not very excited about it. *sigh*

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  3. If surprised me how much I liked Sadie, because it was very dark, for me. I think the combination of the quality writing and ingenious use of the podcast won me over. The story was emotionally gripping as well.

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  4. I’ve been saying I’m going to read the Winternight trilogy for years and next year I am making it my mission to get through those books. I’m a fan of Brandon Sanderson’s writing so I’m keen to read Skyward.

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  5. Love this list! I’ve read Winter of the Witch and Wayward Son, and loved them both. I do want to read One Word Kill — didn’t realize the entire trilogy was already available. I know I’ve heard about The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit before — seeing it on your list makes and reading your comments makes me realize that I really need to read it! Wishing you an amazing year of reading in 2020!

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  6. Skyward is fantastic. I already purchased Starsight and look forward to continuing Spensa’s adventures. I haven’t read any Mark Lawrence yet, but I plan to remedy that in 2020. I’m adding In Order to Live to my TBR! I’m also interested in Man in the White Sharkskin Suit and Sadie.

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    1. I loved it! Oh that’s brilliant- I’m so excited for the next one. Oh really recommend his books- I love his writing! 😀 And highly recommend all of those! I loved all of them (and they all made me cry, which for me is a bonus 😉 )


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