When I look back over 2019 as a reading year, it is definitely one full of ups and downs. I’ve had a few months where I’ve read loads and others where I’ve read just one or two books. It is definitely a mixed bag.
However, in that bag are ten stand-out books I will now love and reread forever more!
The Familiars by Stacey Halls
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
I Know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen
State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
The Beauty and the Beast by Madame de Villeneuve
The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
There’s a mix of genres and sub-genres here and honestly I really appreciate that it has worked out that way. It also makes me happy that I took the leap and read/re-read the books like Beauty and the Beast, Norse Mythology, The Dark Days Club and Under A Dancing Star because I wasn’t entirely convinced they’d live up to my expectations. Luckily, they did!
Moving on to the rest of the reading/bookish year as a whole, there are some other highlights that are worth a mention – The Northern YA Lit Fest, which again was a really lovely and relaxed event and YALC where I finally met one of my favourite childhood authors! I’m honestly never going to forget the fact Eoin Colfer was on auto pilot when he signed my copy of Artemis Fowl and didn’t even sign it to me!! It was a funny moment and both myself and Beth got a free copy of the book out of the mistake. Win win!
You know what, through everything that’s cropped up this year, I’ve never been more grateful that books and reading are a part of my life. They provide friendship, comfort, escapism, and simple, pure joy.
What are your reading and other book-related highlights of 2019?
As always, thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!