Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Recommended Reading | Read in 2019 (My Year in Books)


The new year is now here (wishing you all a happy one) and so it is time to look back on my entire year of reading and compile a list of books that I read in 2019, and recommend to others. 

I have already put together favourites posts (first half & second half) for the year, however, as explained in those posts also, for me there is a distinct difference between my favourites of the year & the books I include on my recommended reading post. For me, a favourite is more about all that the reading experience encompasses, it is largely feeling based, whereas the books on this post are the ones I want to shout about to everyone for a specific reason - it could be because the character has stayed with all year (& still so), the way in which the plot unfolded was just so well done, the book surprised me in some way, or the message of the story is strong and well worth hearing, or for a number of other reasons. 

The bottom line being: I read 104 books in 2019, and of those books, these 16 are the ones I recommend the most.

All books are listed in order of when I read them, and all title links will take you to Goodreads


What book(s) did you read, enjoy, and would recommend, from 2019?
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  1. I’m going to be reading Seven Husbands this month. I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully I’ll get to An American Marriage this year too. Happy 2020!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I hope you like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - what format are you reading it in? I listened to it on audio; I don't know if it would have worked as well for me in physical book format.

      I hope you're able to get to An American Marriage also - such a good read!

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  2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo made my Best Of 2019 reads too. Such an incredible read. I'm hoping to get to The Starless Sea early in 2020 since that was one of my most anticipated reads for 2019 and I ran out of time.

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    1. I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - audio was great for it!

      I hope you enjoy The Starless Sea; I have heard some mixed reviews. I'll keep an eye out for your thoughts.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your reading recommendations

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  4. Some great future reads for me from your list. The Seven Husbands of E.H. really appeals to be. Happy New Year Jade.

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    1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo does seem to be quite a well loved book.

      Thank you, Diane - & to you!

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  5. So many books I want to read here... will probably start with Seven Husbands. My mom loved that one, too.

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    1. It definitely appears that The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a well loved book by many. I hope you enjoy it if you get round to reading it - I would recommend the audiobook.

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  6. How funny - I had another Kindness of Strangers book for Christmas - but an older one put together by a different team! Great list of books here, and happy new year!

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    1. Interesting... I'll have to look into that. Thanks for sharing & a happy new year to you too!

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  7. I definitely want to read more Taylor Jenkins- reid. And Greta Thunberg as well! And Greta Thunberg as well, I will have to look at what she has written as well- i admire her activism.

    Happy New Year!!!

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    1. I admire Greta Thunberg's activism also... The book I have shared in this list by her is a short one, compiled of various speeches she has given.

      Thank you - a happy new year to you too!

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