So it’s time for me to share my favourite books that I read in 2019 and I have to say that this list has been weeks in the making! 2019 was my best ever year of reading in terms of how many books I read (at the time of writing this post I’ve read 375 books over the year), I have no idea how I read so many and I don’t expect it to ever happen again! It’s also been a year where so many wonderful books have found me and it’s been a near impossible task to make this list.
So I finally got my list down to forty books and am splitting it into two. Today I’m sharing the books that were listed from 40 – 21 on my countdown and I’m sharing them in no particular order – these books were all fabulous and I highly recommend them!
Click on the title of a book if you’d like to see my review! 🙂
I’m a huge fan of Louise Jensen’s writing and have loved every novel she’s published and The Family was every bit as good, if not better, than her previous books.
Nobody’s Wife by Laura Pearson
This is one of those books that made me feel emotional as I was reading it but it’s continued to run through my mind in the months since I read it. I found it a quiet book that has such a huge impact.
Do Not Feed the Bear by Rachel Elliott
I read this book fairly recently and I adored it. It’s a quirky book that has such emotional impact. I keep thinking about this one and I already want to re-read it.
How To Say Goodbye by Katy Colins
This is a novel I picked up after reading an interview with the author and the book more than lived up to my hopes for it. It made me tearful at times but it’s such a beautiful book and one I really loved.
Platform Seven by Louise Doughty
I didn’t expect this novel to make as much of an impression on me as it did but it’s a book that won’t let go of me. It’s so much more than I thought it was going to be and again it’s one I keep thinking about.
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
This is such a wonderful novel about books and libraries, I adored it. I think it might actually be my new favourite Jojo Moyes book!
This is a debut novel and it’s so well-written. I found this book really hard to put down and I loved the depth to the story being told. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
I read this in one sitting, I just couldn’t stop reading and it’s a book that’s really stayed with me so it had to be on this list.
The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw
This was a book that took me a little while to get into but I’m so glad I stuck with it because it was a book that left such a profound impact on me. I still think of this novel and I will re-visit it in the future.
This was my first Doug Johnstone book and I loved it so much that I’ve since bought most of his previous novels and plan on reading my way through them in the new year.
Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald
This is such a brilliant book, it’s so dark and so funny! Plus the menopausal main character is so memorable and I could identify with some of her thinking!
This book is a fascinating look at what leads someone to obsession and really gives an insight into where this behaviour may lead.
Postscript (PS I Love You #2) by Cecelia Ahern
I love PS I Love You when it was first published and so this sequel is one I was highly anticipating. I loved it, I think it may even be better than the first book!
This is such a brilliant novel following two women and you’re never quite sure if what they tell you is true and if they can be trusted. It’s a real cat and mouse novel and I loved it!
Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard
I also loved this book! It’s such a clever way of setting out a novel with the play, pause and rewind elements. It’s one that is really staying with me.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I’m a huge Donna Tartt fan so I’ve been saving this to read and I finally got to it in the summer and I adored it. It’s a huge book but I read it in just a few days as I just got completely engrossed in the story. It’s brilliant!
The First Time Lauren Pailing Died by Alyson Rudd
I had to include this book as it was such a different and unique read. You follow Lauren in her life but early on in the novel she has an accident and at this point you begin to follow Lauren as she continues on after she survives, and also you follow her loved ones as they come to terms with her death. It seems like it might be hard to follow but it really isn’t. This book is wonderful!
This is another book that I devoured! I loved the crime mystery that runs through the novel but more than that I loved the main character. She’s really stayed with me and I keep thinking about her and wondering how she is.
The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen
I adored this book, it’s such a moving and at times heartbreaking book but it leaves you full of hope. I hope more people pick this one up.
The Wayward Girls by Amanda Mason
This is a book I was so nervous about reading because I’m such a wimp but I ended up reading the whole novel in one sitting as I just couldn’t put it down. It’s such a fascinating novel about two girls and their family and the haunted house they live in. I loved it!
Tomorrow on my blog I’ll be sharing the next part of my favourite books 2019 with the Top 20 so please look out for that then. What are your favourite books that you read this year? I’d love to know. 🙂
19 thoughts on “My Top 40 Favourite Books Read in 2019… Counting Down From 40 to 21!”
Fabulous selection. Many are either on my list or books I’d love to read. Happy New Year Hayley 🍾🎉
Thank you so much 🙂 Happy New Year to you too! x
So many excellent choices here, Hayley. I’m very glad you had such a good reading year, and that you enjoyed so much of what you read. Wishing you all the best for 2020!
Thank you 🙂 Happy New Year to you too!
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I am in awe – that is an amazing number of books, Hayley:)). I also read The Giver of Stars and The First Time Lauren Pailing Died – which has got to be one of the most original timeslip stories I’ve ever read… Glad you had such a bumper year and I very much hope that 2020 is another wonderful reading year for you!
Thank you 🙂 I don’t know how I read so many books but it was wonderful to read so many great books over the year. Happy New Year! 🙂
I’ve added so many books that you’ve shared. You always find ones I might never have found on my own!
Thank you, I’m so happy to know that you find books on my blog that you otherwise might not have heard of – that made my day! 🙂
Wow, so many books and so many interesting ones here! I just posted my top 11/12 for the year – I always leave it until the year has finished and in fact one book finished yesterday made the list!
Thank you! I always leave my top books of the year until the last day too just in case there’s a late addition. I’m planning on catching up on reading blogs this afternoon so I’ll look out for your post.
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I love that you went 40 here because just 10 is so hard.
Haha! A top 10 was just impossible, there was no way I could get it to that. It took me ages to get it down to a top 40! 🙂
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Fantastic list! I loved The Family, Breakers, Dead Inside and The Silent Patient as well! And quite a few are on my TBR… Like you I ‘cheated’ as well and made a bigger list: 35 authors in total and even more books haha.
Thank you! 🙂 I’m glad I’m not the only one who ‘cheated’, it was so hard to pick my favourites for 2019 as I read so many amazing books. I hope 2020 is just as good! 🙂 x
This is not fair Hayley. Do you realize what you just did to my TBR. I had a couple of these on it already, but will be adding several more.