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2019 Fave Books

Seeing as you all requested more book posts and I can't really do more reviews than I'm doing (because I'm not reading any more than that...). But I thought I'd share some of my favourite books from 2019!
Now I am hoping that the sun has come out of the smoke and I was able to take some photos for my beauty favourites post and that's already gone up, and if it has, make sure you go check it out! Otherwise, keep reading for some of my favourite books from 2019.

In 2019, I set a goal to read 52 books. This was marginally smaller than 2018, but I also didn't achieve my mammoth goal in 2018. While I read a lot of books, I definitely didn't get through as many as previous years (I blame Netflix). I did manage to read a total of 66 books, with a total of 20,055 pages (thank you Goodreads for that information).


I have picked my top 10 books from 2019 to share with you. I have tried to include a bit of a mix - some thriller, romance and non-fiction. I won't be sharing my full reviews here, as I have already included those in a blog post, and you can go read them on my Goodreads account here if you are interested. Instead I'll share a short blurb and three words (or about that) to describe the book. I gave all of these books a 5 star rating in my reviews this year.

So, without further adieu, in no particular order, here are my top 10 books from 2019:

1. The Gap by Benjamin Gilmour

In this riveting memoir, Gilmour recounts the call-outs that summer: some dangerous, some gruesome, some downright ridiculous. And we meet fellow paramedic Tom who, they say, can get a laugh out of everyone except the dead. As the city heats up that summer, however, even Tom begins to lose his sense of humour. People are unravelling – and Benjamin and Tom are no exception. 

The book in three words: heart-breaking, eye-opening, raw. Goodreads Review  | Book Depository


2. Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales? When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius--his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.  

The book in three words: hilarious, fun, love. Goodreads Review | Book Depository

3. Our Stop by Laura Jane William

To the cute girl with the coffee stains on her dress. I’m the guy who’s always standing near the doors… Drink sometime? So begins a not-quite-romance of near-misses, true love, and the power of the written word.

The book in three words: fun, romantic, love a good paper romance (yes I know it's more than three words....cry me a river). Goodreads Review | Book Depository

4. You'll Never See Me Again by Lesley Pearse

Did you ever wish you could run away from your life and start again? When Betty's husband returns from the war broken and haunted, she knows her marriage is doomed. Taking a fleeting chance to escape, she goes on the run armed with a new identity. Sometimes you have to keep running if you want to survive.
   
The book in three words: surprising, beautifully written, heartbreaking. Goodreads Review | Book Depository



5. The Whisper Man by Alex North

In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town. If you leave a door half-open, soon you'll hear the whispers spoken... 

The book in three words: terrifying, nightmares, unputdownable (it's a word, look it up). Goodreads Review | Book Depository


6. The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

Tiffy and Leon share a flat. Tiffy and Leon share a bed. Tiffy and Leon have never met.  

The book in three words: heart-melting, fun, uplifting. Goodreads Review | Book Depository


7. The Au Pair by Emma Rous

Seraphine Mayes and her brother Danny are the first set of twins to be born at Summerbourne House. But on the day they were born their mother threw herself to her death, their au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of a stolen baby.

The book in three words: heartbreaking, tense (but not scary), shocking. Goodreads Review | Book Depository

8. The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris 

Grace Atherton, a talented cellist, is in love with David. Together in their apartment in Paris, Grace and David are happy until an unexpected event changes everything. When Grace's life falls apart in the most shocking of ways Maurice and Nadia come to her rescue, helping her to find happiness and hope through the healing power of friendship.

The book in three words: beautifully written, musical, just the sweetest little story. Goodreads Review | Book Depository

9. Meat Market by Juno Dawson

Jana Novak's history sounds like a classic model cliche: tall and gangly, she's uncomfortable with her androgynous looks until she's unexpectedly scouted and catapulted to superstardom... But the fashion industry is as grimy as it is glamorous. And there are unexpected predators at every turn. 

The book in three words: gut-wrenching, raw, honest-and-terrifying-portrayal-of-the-modelling-industry. Goodreads Review | Book Depository


10. The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern

What if you only had one day to find out who you really were? The Marble Collector is a thought-provoking novel about how the most ordinary decisions we make can have the most extraordinary consequences for how we live our lives. And how sometimes it’s only by shining on a light on someone else, that you can truly understand yourself.

The book in three words: It will fill your heart with heart warming joy. Goodreads Review | Book Depository

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My goal for 2020 is to get through 60 books. I know it is less than I read this year, but I also feel like I'm getting slower with my reading so I don't want to be too excited with my goal setting, only to not get there. The first book I will be reading this year is Maggie is Going Nowhere, so stay tuned for my review on that. What is the first book you will be reading?

Here is a quick snapshot of all the books I read in 2019. You can read reviews on any of them by visiting my Goodreads account here.


 









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