book reviews

My Books of the Year.

2019 has been a great reading year for me. I read 150 books, surpassing my goal of 100 by fifty percent. Most of these were rated four stars but there were an incredible forty-four books that I gave a five star rating. Needless to say, all of this made it very hard to choose what I had originally planned to be my top ten books of the year. Instead, I decided to see how many favourites I had, which is how I’ve ended up with a list of twenty books of the year. Here they are in the order I read them:

  • Verity by Colleen Hoover 
  • My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing 
  • Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
  • The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
  • Little by Edward Carey
  • The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald 
  • The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
  • The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
  • The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
  • Here To Stay by Mark Edwards
  • The Woman Who Wanted More by Vicky Zimmerman
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Familiars by Stacey Halls 
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  • I Wanted You To Know by Laura Pearson
  • The Blossom Twins by Carol Wyer
  • Seven Days by Alex Lake 
  • The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis
  • Gone by Leona Deakin
  • The Home by Sarah Stovell
  • The 24-Hour Cafe by Libby Page 

My overall favourite read this year was the phenomenal historical fiction novel The Familiars by Stacey Halls. Coincidentally, this was also my 100th read back in August. The Vanished Bride by Bella Edward is the one I’d say came a close second. 

So which books almost made the cut? Below is a list of books I loved and highly recommend that narrowly missed being in my top books list:

  • The Binding by Bridget Collins
  • Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
  • Dear Mrs Bird by A J Pearce
  • The Whisper Man by Alex North
  • Columbine by Dave Cullen
  • The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
  • After The End by Clare Macintosh
  • Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
  • Take It Back by Kia Abdullah
  • The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman
  • The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
  • Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay
  • Postscript by Cecelia Ahern
  • The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey
  • The Lost Ones by Anita Frank
  • Hold Your Tongue by Deborah Masson

Are any of these in your top books of the year? What books were your favourite in 2019? Comment below and tell me.