Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Favourite Books of 2019 | First Half (My Year in Books)

With the conclusion of June, we are now officially half way through the year (I have no idea how! I swear time flies the older you get), and I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on my reading so far this year as well as share some favourites.

I don't typically wrap up my year with a favourites post, as many do within the blogging community, however for the last two years I have shared a 'Recommended Reading' post as a wrap up - highlighting books that I think others should read for a variety of reasons. For me, there is a difference between my favourite books, and my recommended reading. Of course I'd recommend all my favourite books (& some may even end up on my recommended reading), but my recommended reading isn't made up of my favourite books.

When I think about the books I recommend, it is often to do with the book itself - enjoying a specific plot element, the characters were incredibly well written, or I enjoyed the message behind the story, etc. When I think about the books I'd call favourites, it is more about my feelings and the overall reading experience. I hope I've explained that well!

Anyway, on to my favourites for the first half of 2019. I have three nonfiction titles and seven fiction - I wasn't aiming for ten in total, but it is a nice round number.

The Lost Man by Jane Harper (library borrow)

Trekking Beyond: Walk the World's Epic Trails (I was gifted my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)
The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction (I was gifted my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

To me it has been interesting looking back on my reading year so far as I can notice shifts in my reading preferences... For example, I've been reading a lot more historical fiction this year, and a lot less thriller fiction. I do wonder how the second half of the year will pan out.

What has been your favourite book(s) of the year so far?
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