The book review of 2019

This is my fourth year doing this post, so I guess you can call it a tradition at this stage, I got it from Kezzie, who got it from someone else. The original is by The Perpetual Page Turner and has more/slightly different categories. I like this version though, so I’m sticking with it. I am also linking this post up for Jana and Steph‘s Show Us Your Books year-end favourite books link-up.


And now, without further ado, let’s get on with the questions.

Best book you read in 2019:

As always, this is a really difficult question to answer. I read a lot of good books this year. However, I shall go with The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton because I read it early in the year and I still think about it.

Best children’s fiction:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. This book is magical and adorable and contains my new all-time favourite dragon ♡ This was even a contender for my actual favourite book of the year, not just chuldren’s books.

Best crime fiction:

I want to choose two books for this one (I know, I’m terrible). The first is In the Dark by Cara Hunter. This is book two in a series. I was going to choose the first book for this answer but then I loved the second book even more.

The other one is I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson, which is a young adult mystery/crime book about a young disabled girl who finds out that somebody committed a crime but can’t tell anybody because she is unable to communicate. I gave it 5 stars.

Best classic:

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. This was a re-read from my childhood and it’s just as good as I remember it being. (Also, I only read about 5 classics this year so there isn’t a great deal of competition…)

Best non-fiction:

I finished precisely two non-fiction books this year, despite reading more non-fiction being one of my goals for 2019. Oh well, at least We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was a genuinely good read so I don’t feel too bad about it winning by default.

Best dystopian fiction:

I think I’ve only read two dystopians this year. I was disappointed with Vox so it has to be The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey (is that dystopian? GoodReads says it is).

Best YA:

I think Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus. I really enjoyed her first book last year, but this one was even better in my opinion.

Most surprising (in a good way) book read in 2019:

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. This one was on the BBC Big Read but I put off reading it for ages because I had no interest in it. I ended up giving it 5 stars, so that shows what I know 😉

Book You Read In 2019 That You Recommended Most To Others:

I don’t really go around recommending books to people. I’m going with Frogkisser by Garth Nix because I know at least one person read that based on my recommendation.

Best series you discovered in 2019:

I’ve continued a few series this year, but of the ones I’ve started the only one I’ve read more than one book in is Cara Hunter’s DI Adam Fawley series so I’m going to have to say that,  even though it means repeating myself.

Favourite new to you author you discovered in 2019:

I’ve really enjoyed a few books by new to me authors this year, but since I only read one book by most of them I’m going to say Robin Benway because I read Far From the Tree and adored it so much that I immediately ordered Emmy and Oliver (which I gave 4 stars… not quite as amazing but still very good).


Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love But Didn’t

Vox by Christina Dalcher. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad, but it was so much less than I was expecting. Most of the characters lacked depth and parts were really confusing.

Best Book That Was Out Of Your Comfort Zone Or Was A New Genre To You

Avalanche Express by Colin Forbes. This is a spy thriller and I don’t usually care about those, but I had this one after ending up not using it as “a book set where you live” a few years ago. It ended up being surprisingly good, if dated (it was written in 1977).

Book You Read In 2019 That You’re Most Likely To Read Again In 2020:

As I say every year, it is highly unlikely that I will re-read a book again so soon. A book I read in 2019 that am likely to re-read at some point in the future (and that I haven’t already mentioned) is The Dragon With the Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis (I also considered this one for the best series I started this year but decided to save it for this question, so take from that what you will).

Favourite Book You Read in 2019 by an Author You’ve Read Previously:

What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne. After feeling a slight disconnect with the second book  (although it was still excellent) this one reminded me of why I loved this series to begin with.

Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

I read Frostheart by Jamie Littler because it was the Believathon group book, but even if it wasn’t after hearing how much Gavin raved about it I would definitely have picked it up sooner or later. I’m very glad I did read it because it was an excellent book – I gave it 4 stars.

Favourite Cover of a Book You Read in 2019:

Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend. It’s so pretty! Even under the dust jacket. I almost put this as my favourite children’s book of the year, but decided to save it for this question. I’m sad that publication of book three has been pushed back to August (and not until 5 days after my birthday so I can’t even ask for it as a birthday gift!). Also, thank you again to Kristen for sending this my way.

Book That Had The Greatest Impact On You In 2019:

This question was a lot easier to answer in previous years. Um, maybe Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor. The awful things humans do to each other are just so heartbreaking.

Book You Can’t BELIEVE You Waited Until 2019 To Read:

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I’ve owned it for about six years and obviously originally bought it because I wanted to read it, but somehow I never did. I ended up really enjoying it it so I don’t understand why it took me so long to get to it!

Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

The Never List by Koethi Zahn. I was not expecting the final twist at all!

Favourite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2018 (be it romantic, friendship, etc)

My favourite relationship is in The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard. Not the one between Alice and Manny, although that is lovely, but the sibling relationship between Alice and Joey.

Most Memorable Character In A Book You Read In 2019:

I loved Mary in Mary’s the Name by Ross Sayer.

Genre You Read The Most From in 2019:

I’m not actually sure – I don’t keep statistics of my genres. Possibly fantasy though thanks to all the children’s fantasy books I read in November.

Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2018:

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher. It’s just so cute and whimsical and Christmassy.

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019:

The book I am going to use for the next question made me cry, but let’s avoid repetition… Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. This one was missing that spark that would have made it a five star read for me, but it obviously made me feel something (hence the tears) so it’s still a very good book. I gave it 4 stars, maybe 4.5.

Book You Read in 2018 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out:

The Girl in the Broken Mirror by Savita Kalhan. This was published in 2018 and I can’t believe this book has only 18 reviews on Goodreads (at the time of writing this post)! I gave it 5 stars. It does feature sexual assault so I can understand if you would rather steer clear but I really do recommend it. Not an “enjoyable” book, but a really good one.

Total books finished in 2019 (so far): 178

And, just because Goodreads tells me and I like statistics, at the time of writing this the longest book I read in 2019 was The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye, which has 960 pages but I am hoping to finish It by Stephen King by the end of the year, which is longer at 1376 pages. The shortest book I read was We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with 52 pages pages.
The first book I read in 2018 was Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, and as of right now, the last book I finished was In the Dark by Cara Hunter.

I know this was a long post, so if you actually read all of it you are amazing! If you decide to answer the questions, let me know so I can come and be nosy. And check out the link up. to find out what everyone’s favourite books of 2019 were.

29 thoughts on “The book review of 2019

  1. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke to my SOUL. To the point that I took my favorite quotes from the books and made graphics for them for social media sharing. I wish every female I know would read it.. and it’s only 50 pages, so it’s not like a real commitment.

  2. Great list – the only one I’m familiar with is Vox, and it was one of my favorites. LOL Now I want to read the Girl Who Drank the Moon and the Boy on the Bridge – thanks for the recommendations 😉

  3. I love this format and had I used it, my post probably would have seemed a lot less random LOL!!! That cover of Wundersmith is really so super gorgeous. I’m bummed that the publication date for book 3 got pushed back too but at least it is so that she can provide us with the best possible book. Still disappointing though for sure. You read so many good books this year! Can’t wait to check some of these out.

  4. Evelyn Hardcastle didn’t get enough overall attention. It’d be fantastic for a book club.
    Was The girl who drank the moon told in stanza? I feel like that was the reason I didn’t like it.
    Two can keep a secret was so much better than one of us is lying (the most unpopular take I will admit to having this year lol).

  5. I read The Girl Who Drank The Moon nearly two years ago, and rated it five stars on goodreads- I almost NEVER rate something five stars on goodreads, but it’s that good. I just glanced at the book’s page, and everyone I know on GR who has also read it also rated it five stars. It’s so good!

  6. I read Wundersmith and enjoyed it too but my cover wasn’t nearly as beautiful as yours. The different covers they do for other countries always fascinate me. Although it can be annoying as I have sometimes purchased a book that I didn’t recognize as having already read because the cover (and sometimes the title too) was different. Americans. It’s always all about us. 😀 I have not read Howl’s Moving Castle but I like the animated film. I am going to borrow this because I did not get to a year-end book list and this will help me do it!

  7. I’ve been recommended the Evelyn Hardcastle by a few people. I must read it!!! I THINK I read the next book in the series of The Chocolate Heart one. The Princess who flew with dragons or something like that. I’d like to read loads of these books! You have good taste. Howl is SO good. I love Calcifer!!

  8. i still think about evelyn hardcastle as well and would seriously recommend it to almost anyone. i am so so glad you enjoyed wundersmith – that cover is so gorgeous. i’m so sad about book 3 as well 😦

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