By the end of June this year I’d already read 162 books so I thought it might be nice to write a post about my favourite books that I’ve read this year so far. Some were published this year and some were published a while ago but all are books that I’ve read and loved between 1st January and 30th June this year!
These books are in no particular order, I loved them all!
So without further ado…
Senseless by Anna Lickley
This book had to be on my list because it has such an honest portrayal of what it is to have a disability. I could identify with a lot in this novel and it’s so rare to see myself represented in a novel in this way so I feel a real connection to this book. It’s a really good novel all-round and I recommend it. My review is here if you’d like to know more.
Song of the Robin by R.V. Biggs
This is a book I almost didn’t pick up but I am so glad I did because it’s such a brilliant novel. There is a real mystery running through the book, which had me enthralled. I also really connected with the exploration of grief. My full review is here.
The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw
This is quite a recent read but I keep finding myself thinking about it so I had to include it in this post. This is a novel that rewards the reader taking their time with it and once you’re invested it will have you hooked all the way to the end. I loved the way it captured how life is, how grief is and how time feels during pivotal moments in life. My review is here.
The Rumour by Lesley Kara
I read this book very early on this year and it has really stayed with me. It’s a book that really looks at what it’s like to live in a small community and what happens when idle gossip fuels a rumour. I loved this book. My review is here.
Dead Inside by Noelle Holten
This novel is such a brilliant look at domestic violence from so many angles and I found it really got under my skin. It’s such a great debut and I can’t wait for the second book in the series to be out! My review is here.
Amazing Grace by Kim Nash
I was so excited to read this book and it completely and utterly lived up to my expectations. It’s a gorgeous feel-good novel! My review is here.
Baxter’s Requiem by Matthew Crow
This book is beautiful – it’s funny and moving and just such a heart-warming novel to read. It’s definitely a book that I want to re-read at some point. Here is my review.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
This is a recent read but Donna Tartt is one of my favourite authors and I loved The Goldfinch so much that it had to make my list. I haven’t managed to review this one yet but I hope to soon. In the meantime, I highly recommend it!
The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby
I found this book so gripping and moving, it had me under its spell from start to finish (and beyond because I still think of it now) so I had to have this one in my list! My review is here.
Ideal Angels by Robert Welbourn
This book is incredible! It was such an incise look at how modern life is, at our obsessions with social media and appearing like we have the most perfect lives. It is shocking and moving, and I still can’t stop thinking about this novel! My full review is here.
Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
This is such a brilliant thriller novel. It’s a prescient novel but also such a stunning read. My review is here.
Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor
I adored this book! It’s a look at what happens when someone is told they have three months to live but it’s such a life-affirming, uplifting read in spite of what has happened. It’s wonderful and I recommend it! My review is here.
A Modern Family by Helga Flatland
This novel is the most stunning and accurate portrayal I have ever read about what it is to be a sibling. I found it breathtaking at times and I know this is a book I will be thinking about for a long time to come. My review is here.
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
I got this book for Christmas and it was the very first book I read in 2019, and what a way to start a new year! This is such a stunning novel and it felt like such a treat to read it. I’m sad I didn’t manage to review it but I highly recommend it all the same!
The Blue Bench by Paul Marriner
I listened to this book on audio and I just got lost in it. It’s such a beautifully written novel about the aftermath of the war on four characters, and I just loved it. I want everyone to read this book! My review is here.
The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North
I only read this psychological thriller very recently but it couldn’t not be on my list of best books. This is one of the best books in this genre that I’ve ever read and I can’t recommend it highly enough. My review is here.
The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood by Susan Elliot Wright
I started reading this book one afternoon and I literally didn’t look up from the page until I finished reading. This is an incredible and stunning novel, one that will stay with me. My review is here.
The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean
I read this book out in the garden over a couple of lovely sunny afternoons and I just got lost in its pages. There is a dreamlike quality to this novel and I still feel slightly under its spell now! My review is here.
Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I part-read and part-listened to this book and I loved every single second of it. It’s one of my all-time favourite audio books and I highly recommend it. I haven’t managed to post a review yet but I plan on doing so soon.
The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
This was one of my picks for my 20 Books of Summer and I completely and utterly feel in love with this novel. It’s such a gorgeous novel that is both laugh out loud funny, and heartbreakingly moving. I adored it and hope to review it soon.
Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
This book is amazing. I still don’t feel like I can do justice to it, I still feel like it’s got a hold on me that I can’t explain. My review is here and I just urge you to please go read this book if you haven’t already!
What are your favourite books of 2019 so far? I’d love to know!
15 thoughts on “Best Books of 2019… So Far!”
I have quite a few on my favourites list so far this year – 15 already! Needlemouse by Jane O’Connor, Something to Live For by Richard Roper and The Woman in the Photograph by Stephanie Butland are just three from my list.
Some wonderful reads on your list and I can see a few that I have read, and I would completely agree with you for them being there. I few I want to read as well.
I have Out of Silence by Owen Mullen. Drumbeats Trilogy by Julia Ibbotson and Dear Rosie Huges by Melanie Hudson, just to name three!
Wow, so many books! I’ve only read 40 this year so far which is upsetting and way down for me.
I want to read the Louise Beech book. It sounded awesome
I’m very glad you’ve had so many great reads thus far, Heyley. And such a wide variety of books, too. I hope the second half of the year brings just as much good reading!
fab list! agree with so many!!
I have a few of these to read and the rest are all new to me! What a wonderful list of books, Hayley. You’ve had a great summer in books so far:)
«Blood Orange» sounds very interesting!
Wow what a list! I can’t even think yet what might be my favourite yet lol 😆 love your list xx
Glad you enjoyed The Goldfinch. It’s definitely a masterpiece.
I agree with you on The Space Between Time! I’ll have to check the rest of these out. Great list!!
Loving your list, Hayley! I have read a few but I see SO MANY I want to read in the future! Wonderful, amazing share!
Senseless is just sitting there for when I have the time, as is Dead Inside. Bookmarked The Perfect Betrayal and thanks for reminding me of Call Me Star Girl!!
I have not read any of these! There are several that I made note to check out, though. Thanks for the recommendations!
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