Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Favourite Books of 2019 | First Half

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?


  1. I haven't read any of your first 6 months favorites but, I think I'd like to try a few.

  2. That trekking book sounds interesting! One of my goals in life is to hike a really long trail.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. You'd be provided great inspiration for that goal from the trekking book!

  3. I'm so glad to see What the Wind Knows on your list! That is my top read of 2019 so far.

    1. Mine also, Brandie - very, very closely (perhaps even tied with) The Dream Daughter.

  4. The Wild Remedy sounds perfect for me! I am definitely adding it to my list!

    My favorite book so far is Where the Crawdads Sing. I didn't expect to love it so much, but I absolutely fell in love with it.

    1. The Wild Remedy is my favourite nonfiction read from the year so far - written with such rawness & authenticity of a woman & her mental health struggles, and how nature 'heals' with such feelings. I related to it so much, and I would highly recommend it.

      Ooo… Interesting. I've heard a lot about that book, but the buzz has been putting me off in all honesty - may have to see if my library stocks it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. The Lightkeepers Daughters seems to be popular I should add to my TBR list.


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