My Top 25 Reads of 2019
Yes, it’s that time of year again. In common with many newspapers, magazines and book bloggers I’ve been looking back over the books I’ve read this year and trying to decide on my top 10, five-star reads. It quickly became my top 20 and in the end I forced myself to stop at 25! Otherwise we’d still be here this time next year. And most of the ones which didn’t make it were 4 or 4.5 star rated as opposed to 5.
I’ve read over 50 books this year and the best ones have kept me up reading way too late – always a good sign as to the enjoyment level – if not so good for being wide awake the following day.
My list is a personal one – there are few of the big literary names beloved by the newspaper reviewers. While many of these are media favourites are commendable and a couple do make it onto my list, they don’t really need further publicity from me. It’s also true that I’ve found most of these favourite books/authors via book bloggers and Facebook groups made up of readers who like similar books to me.
Several of the authors whose books are on this list took part in the Virtual Book Festival that I hosted here in July and August which without doubt was my personal blogging highlight of this year.
Not surprisingly for a writer of romances, the first 21 out of the 25 are in the romantic fiction genre, but the final four aren’t – 22 does have a compelling romantic element but this alternative history novel has so much more going on too, 23 and 24 are crime fiction and the last one is domestic noir.
So here it is – my top 25 books (in no particular order) of 2019:
Winter Beneath the Stars by Jo Thomas*
Brahminy Sunrise by Maggie Christensen *
The Summer of Chasing Dreams by Holly Martin
Summer at the Art Café by Sue McDonagh*
Happiness for Beginners by Carole Matthews
Crikey a Bodyguard by Kathryn Freeman*
Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea by Jane Linfoot
Poppy’s Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain
The Things I Know by Amanda Prowse
One Summer in Little Penhaven by Angela Britnell
The Little Pink Taxi by Marie Laval*
A Summer to Remember by Sue Moorcroft
All Summer with You by Beth Good
The Man I Fell in Love With by Kate Field
A Cornish Affair by Jo Lambert
The Beekeepers Cottage by Emma Davies
The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson
Tropic Storm by Stella Quinn
Autumn at Blaxland Falls by Eliza Bennets*
The Bistro at Watersmeet Bridge by Julie Stock
Pieces of You and Me by Rachel Burton
Inceptio by Alison Morton*
Time for the Dead by Lin Anderson
Wildfire by Ann Cleeves
In the Absence of Miracles by Michael J Malone
*indicates I’ve read other standalone or subsequent books in a series by this author in 2019 and can recommend them too.
The books are all available on Amazon where you can find out more about them. Most are paperbacks as well as ebooks and can therefore also be purchased from bookshops and borrowed from libraries.
Why These 25 – in short
The romances all have depth, emotion aplenty and are deeply satisfying reads. Inceptio is the first in a fabulous, highly original series and has romantic, thriller and historical elements. The two crime novels live up to Ann Cleeves and Lin Anderson’s usual amazing high standards. And Michael J Malone’s is ‘shocking, chilling and heartbreakingly emotive’ to quote from the book’s back cover.
And if I absolutely had to pick just one as my single top read – Oh, so hard, but it would have to be Inceptio by Alison Morton for sheer originality and for it being the first in a stunning series. I reviewed it here earlier this year if you want to know more.
Over to you
What have been some of your favourite reads this year and if you had to pick one – what would it be?
See You in 2020
This will be my final post for this year. I’ll be back in January with more news of my new novel Fulfilment due out early in 2020.
In the meantime thank you to everyone who has visited, read and commented on this year’s posts. I appreciate all your support of me as a writer here on the blog and as readers of my books. You rock! Happy festive season, to all of you who celebrate it. And a Good New Year when it comes. See you on the other side.