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The Reads that Made my Year #TopReadsOf2019

This year has been a wild one, in terms of life and as always, in terms of books. This time last year I was a reader that would prefer the devouring of the most chilling thrillers, I wouldn’t usually read anything else. That was until I started this year as a blogger. Becoming a blogger was one of the best decisions I made last year, for multiple reasons, that’s (possibly) for another post.

Anyways, this year I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone, I’ve delved in further to the translated fiction genre, which i’d already dipped a toe into. A majority of the translated fiction that I read this year has been crime fiction from Orenda Books, one of my favourites you’ll find in this list. Also, due to the newest imprint Harper Via Books, who publish a new translated fiction once a month or so, they are brilliant! Another genre I’ve experienced more of is female fiction, especially those surrounding necessary topics, such as consent, feminism and motherhood. 2019 has brought some incredible independent publishers onto my radar, those including Red Dogs Press, Panther Publishing and Fahrenheit Press, publishers who have produced books that are on this very list.

So, without further ado, in no particular order, these are (out of a triple figure amount of books read this year) my top 28 reads – my blog my rules – these reads may not have all been published this year, but I read them this year so *shrugs*. I’ve linked my reviews to each title, where you can find the blurb and my thoughts.

Red Hands by Ariana D. Den Bleyker

Lost Lives by Lisa Cutts

The Magic Show by Dean Jones

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (Review due Jan 2020)

Expectation by Anna Hope

Stay Mad, Sweetheart by Heleen Kist

Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver

Murder on the Rocks by JS Strange

Payback by RC Bridgestock (Review to come during January’s blog tour)

Hydra by Matt Wesolowski

A Suitable Lie by Michael J Malone

In The Absence of Miracles by Michael J Malone

Violet by SJI Holliday

Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech

Breakers by Doug Johnstone

The Supper Club by Lara Williams

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

I Wanted You To Know by Laura Pearson

On My Life by Angela Clarke

The Life of Death by Lucy Booth

Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

The Four Woman by Michelle Keill

Lost in the Spanish Quarter by Heddi Goodrich

Life in a Jar by Jack Mayer

The Warehouse by Rob Hart

This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman

There you have it, some (because I have loved 99% of my reads this year) the books that I will tuck up in my heart from this year. Some of them have made my heart shatter, some have made me angry, some have filled my heart with love while others have chilled me to the bone. I like to think I’ve learnt something from every one of these books and I am absolutely sure that next year I will read some absolute crackers that will join these in my reader’s heart.

Are any of my favourite reads, your favourite reads this year? What ones? And what reads are you most looking forward to reading next year?

Until next time!

Happy Reading.


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2 thoughts on “The Reads that Made my Year #TopReadsOf2019

  1. I loved Stargirl . One of my top 3 this year.


  2. Some brilliant recommendations, thank you! Breakers was also one of my favourites of 2019. I’ve not read most of the others so they’re now on my TBR.


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