Five Star Reads from 2019

When the new year comes around, it’s time for me to look back over the reading year that just passed. I had, admittedly, a really good year when it came to reading. With 106 books under my belt, it’s only natural there were some unforgettable books weaved in. The good kind, of course.


I took a look through my Goodreads to check out which books received the maximum score from me when I read them last year. Are any of your favourites on this list? Or, have I introduced you to your next best read?

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Why I gave it five stars: I was totally blown away by this, and it even broke my infamous “I don’t cry at books” record.

Not Lost by Sarah Maria Griffin

Why I gave it five stars: This was definitely a case of “the right book at the right time”. Not only is Sarah a wonderful writer, but her memoir of her time as an expat resonated immensely with me.

No Way Out by Cara Hunter

Why I gave it five stars: It’s always a good sign when your first book by a new author to you is a hit. I was hooked on this book, and never once saw the twist at the end.

Meat Market by Juno Dawson

Why I gave it five stars: This was my YA choice for Book of the Year. Juno is one of the best YA authors there is at the moment, and Meat Market utterly floored me. Her level of research into this book is incredible, and it utterly paid off.

One Winter Morning by Isabelle Broom

Why I gave it five stars: Isabelle’s books are something special. They bring you right across the world from the comfort of your arm chair. The beautiful destination is paird with some incredible characters you’ll fall instantly in love with.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Why I gave it five stars: Book of the Year, without a doubt. I still find myself thinking of Evelyn and Cecelia, and I even found myself finding a café in Vienna just so I could read it.

Am I Doing this Right? by Tanya Hennessy

Why I gave it five stars: I love Tanya’s videos on Facebook and You Tube, so I knew I had to read this book when it came out. It’s a perfect mix of self help book and memoir of Tanya’s life and experience to here.

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Why I gave it five stars: This was a re-read, and I will always love Matt’s books. He’s fantastic at bringing you back to square one when it comes to mental health and taking care of yourself.

This is Going to Hurt and ‘Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas, both by Adam Kay

Why I gave it five stars: I loved both of these books immensely. Adam is a gifted writer, perfectly marrying hilarious anecdotes from the ward with tragic and upsetting tales from his time as a Junior Doctor.

Proud edited by Juno Dawson

Why I gave it five stars: I love anthologies, as there’s a “something for everyone” vibe about them. This one is rather special, and it’s a book I’ve held close to my heart for some time even after finishing it.

Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

Why I gave it five stars: I came to Queer Eye quite late – I only startes watching it this year. I instantly fell in love with Jonathan when I watched the show. Reading this is like sitting with him in a café as he tells you about his life and struggles to here.

What books did you give five stars? Let me know in the comments.

9 thoughts on “Five Star Reads from 2019

  1. Fun books! I’ve been meaning to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! Some of my favorite books from 2019 were Red, White & Royal Blue, The Hate U Give, Fireborne, Geekerella, and The Fountains of Silence.

  2. I absolutely adored Evelyn Hugo!! And I also read parts of it in a café in Vienna 😱
    Some of my five-star reads last year were Blackwing by Ed McDonald, the Spellslinger books by Sebastian de Castell, One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence and The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner 💛

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