Top Books of 2019

I had a really good reading year in 2019 by all accounts. I read over 100 books, which I haven’t done since 2017. There must have been some crackers throughout the year if I’ve clocked up that many, right?

I went back through my Goodreads account to see what books stood out to me most each month. These are books I would recommend to absolutely everyone, and have no hesitation in standing behind.



They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Ok, so there was a slight spoiler in the title. But that ending still absolutely floored me. There are also some side characters I still think about.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I am obsessed with this book, it may even be one of my top books throughout 2019. I was so enraptured by it I spent some of my holiday sat in a café finishing it.


A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Stevens

I absolutely adored The Exact Opposite of Okay when I read it last year. I had very high hopes for this book, and I was so impressed by it.


Meat Market by Juno Dawson

Juno has fast cemented herself as a must-buy author for me. I have been completely blown away by her last two offerings, and I cannot wait to see where she brings us next.


The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

If a book is super hyped, I can really go one of two ways with it – avoid it like the plague, or buy into it and absolutely love it. I was firmly in the second camp here – I was so invested in Tiffy and Leon’s lives. I’m really excited for The Switch Up which comes out in 2020.


Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I’d heard a lot about this book, and I actually read it twice in 2019 – my book club also read it in November. The second time reminded me how great of a book it is, and with some really complex characters.


The Secret Cove in Croatia by Julie Caplin

I’ve never been to Croatia, but it’s for sure on my wanderlist. Reading this beautiful book was like standing on a Croatian riviera already.


This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

Reading this book makes you so thankful for people who work in the medical profession and take care of us when we need help most. I’m in no way capable of it, and I have such respect for Adam Kay.


One Winter Morning by Isabelle Broom

I love Isabelle’s books for the wanderlust they inspire. This one has to have been the best yet. It’s set in New Zealand, and there’s a huge family feeling in this book.


Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

I adore the Fab Five, and this was the first of their books I’ve read. It was such a great insight to Jonathan’s life before the show, and a great way to tide me over before season five starts.


Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

This book won an Irish Book Awards prize, and it is completely deserved. Sarah is an amazing storyteller, and I will remember Sweet James for a long time to come.


Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage by Katie Ginger

I love reading a festive book at Christmas, and this was such a lovely read. It’s not totally Christmassy so it’s perfect for wintertime reading.

What were your best books of the year?

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