Happy New Year! 2019 has given me the pleasure of reading some amazing books. I’ve found new favourite authors, fallen more in love with some of my faves and had the pleasure of reading some truly beautiful debuts. This was the hardest list ever to narrow down. I read in 2019 & to only be allowed to pick 10… well it was pretty much like Sophie’s choice! As well as reading some amazing books 2019 has gifted me with some great blogging experiences, I met 4 of my favourite authors and got my books signed, I went to my first ever blogging event with Gollancz publishing, I hit my first year as a blogger and was lucky enough to meet some more amazing and lovely bloggers who became quick friends. Bring on 2020!
Top Ten Tuesday is run by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl and you should definitely go give her blog some love.
The Winter of the Witch
I was beyond excited when I finally got my hands on a copy of this, and I was also nervous at reading the ending to one of my favourite series. I shouldn’t have been worried, Arden tied every knot and left them in a pretty if not bittersweet bow. The perfect ending to one of my all time favourite trilogies. Review
King of Scars
Nikolai! As soon as I found out that Bardugo was writing a book based all around my favourite Prince and Privateer I just knew I would love it, and I did. So many books focus on what happens when people are running around trying to fight the bad guy and so few actually focus on the aftermath of that. I loved hearing about and reading from the perspectives of my favourite Grishaverse characters. Review.
I hadn’t, and still am yet to pick up the Illuminae trilogy by these two, but I couldn’t resist picking this one up. They have managed to create one of my favourite literary squads, with some top banter, some longing stares and some truly on the edge of your seat moments… I might not forgive them for the ending, but I will definitely be picking up the next installment. Review.
Lord of Secrets
I honestly would never have known this was a debut! The writing was sublime, the magic system and world the author created unique and it has a grumpy disabled wizard to boot, who you will love! I laughed my way through the pages and there were some definite on the edge of your seat moments but it was the characters that really made this one for me. Review.
Priory of the Orange Tree
I’ve Loved Samantha Shannons writing for a while now and I think the only reason I held off reading this as long as I did was the sheer size of it. As soon as I started though I couldn’t seem to put it down, I read it everywhere I could and the 800+ pages flew by. A truly beautifully written story with a fantasy world like no other. Review.
Gods of Jade and Shadow
I saw someone on twitter rate this 5* on Goodreads and instantly went and requested it. This is a brilliant coming of age story with a head strong female protagonist and a beautiful, if not somewhat out of his depths God. I loved having the chance to delve into Mayan folklore and learn about Xibabla, their land of the dead. Review.
Ten Thousand Doors of January
This is another debut that managed to knock my socks off this year. Not a traditional YA story but with a YA protagonist unlike many others. January was an exquisitely written character and this book managed to drag me back to a time when I believed in fairytales and monsters under my bed. With irresistibly written prose and a plot that has you flying through the pages. Review.
Into the Crooked Place
I lucked out and managed to snag an ARC of this via Netgalley and I am so glad I requested it. Witty, energetic and full to the brim with magic. Christo manages to create a world so wholly formed you feel like you could step into the pages and appear there. With some enviable characters and a great storyline I will certainly be picking up the sequel. Review.
Sisters of Shadow and Light
I got accepted onto the blog tour for this and as soon as I started it I almost regretted applying. It seemed to be heading in a direction I was not fond of, a predictable and unfortunate love triangle between one boy and two sisters. I couldn’t have been further off the mark, the love in this book was centered around familial love, the bond between sisters, even when one if them is unable to communicate. IT left me wanting more and I am eagerly anticipating the sequel.
Crown of Feathers
Seriously debut authors knocked it out of the park this year! This book contained everything I love, a wonderfully intricate storyline, a new world for me to travel, characters to both love and hate and animal companions. Seriously it has it all, as well as a swoon worthy and slow burn romance and a familial relationship that isn’t as perfect as it looks. I cried, laughed and whooped with joy whilst reading these pages and cannot wait for the next installment.
Wow! That was hard, there were so many amazing books out this year and I have loved nearly every single one I have read. Would any of these make it onto your top reads of the year? Or did you not love one on my list? Let me know in the comments, and I hope you have a wonderful New Year and wish you all the best for 2020.