This was a hard post to put together – so many decisions to make, published this year or read this year? how many to chose? How to pick?
In the end I’ve settled for 5 as a reasonable number, picked from the books I’ve read this year rather than those published in 2019.
Still when I looked back though my list I found 8 that I thought could have made it. However i’m very happy with the top 5 I have here, all picked because of how much I enjoyed reading them, and because I’ve reme,bered them even without my ‘books read’ list.
So in no particular order (that really would have been too difficult) my top 5 books of the year were….
Muse of Nightmares was actually my first read of the year, and what a way to start. The conclusion to the Strange the Dreamer Duet this book was a page turner from the very start. Laini’s writing is fantastic and this book broke my heart before putting it back together again.
The Flatshare was a bit of a gambol for me. As you can probably tell from my other top reads I tend to prefer Fantasy and Sci Fi to romantic fiction. However the tag line intrigued me and this book blew me away. It was funny and touching and just all round delightful and I’m so glad I took a chance on it.
Slayer was one I knew I had to read as soon as I saw the synopsis. A chance to go hang out in Buffy’s world again – yes please. This was a super take on the world of the Watchers (and Slayers) after the destruction of Sunnydale. I loved all the references to the show and it just felt like being back in that world again. A great all round romp I’m really looking forward to reading Chosen next year.
Sorcery of Thorns was the first Margaret Rogerson book I’ve read. Again the synopsis of this one shouted at me. A magical library and the girl who lives in it. How could I pass up a chance to read that. Elizabeth, the girl in question was a likeable and capable protagonist and the world building superb, I hope we get the chance to visit there again.
Jinxed was one of those books that had that certain magic you sometimes find that means you can’t put it down. I found myself reading it any spare moment I could grab, women in STEM, realistic friendships and amazing tech all combined to make this a brilliant read.
Have you read any of these? What did you think?