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My favourite books of 2019

I can't quite believe we are at the end of the year again and I'm picking my favourite books again but here we are.

I can't make this a top 10 list and don't particularly want to. This list features all of the books I've rated 5 stars this year. This list very much shows off the type of reader I've become over the past 10 years of fiction focusing particularly on contemporary fiction (both YA and adult) although I am surprised that there isn't more historical fiction on the list as I love that just as much.

Women's fiction

The Cornish Cream Tea Bus by Cressida McLaughlin

I loved this book because the story was lovely and featured all the cakes and I basically want to be Charlie. There's a sequel(ish) coming next year and I'm already beyond excited for it.

Messy wonderful us by Catherine Isaac

One of those books that transport you to the setting and make you desperate to visit. I loved it.

Living my best life by Claire Frost

I loved what this book had to say about social media and not believe everything you see online.

Almost Adults by Ali Pantony

I loved this books because it was so very relatable. I also loved how it focused on female friendships.

Don't you forget about me by Mhairi McFarlane

I love Mhairi's books and this was no exception. Lovely contemporary nivel.

The flatshare by Beth O'Leary

I loved the concept of this book and was intrigued from the moment I first heard about it. It works so well and it such an awesome read.

Last orders at the Star and Sixpence

This is a sequel that I'd been looking forward to for a while and I loved it,

Snowed in at the practice

Another sequel which I couldn't wait for and had to read desperately as soon as it arrived. I loved being back in the village with Holly.

Poppy's recipe for life by Heidi Swain

I discovered Heidi's books last year and love them. I couldn't wait for more and this didn't disappoint at all.

If you were here by Alice Peterson

This book has the right balance of heartbreaking and uplifting and I loved it entirely.

If you could go anywhere by Paige Toon

Another author I adore. I loved it completely.

Historical Fiction

The Photographer of the Lost by Caroline Scott

Set in and around the Western Front just after WWI this book was absolutely my thing. I love historical fiction and know the area well. It really brought home to me just how much of a toll the war had on those left alive at the end.

The Love Child by Rachel Hore

This book appealed to me so much set in the interwar years with a focus on medical and social history. I loved it.

YA Fiction

Meat Market by Juno Dawson

A Juno Dawson book never fails to be a winner for me and this was superb. A real insight into the fashion industry with so much to think about.

The Places I've Cried in Public by Holly Bourne

Holly is another author whose books are so relevant in the YA market and just keep getting better and better. I loved it.

The boy who steals houses by CG Drews

I loved this book. It was heartbreaking and thoughtful throughout.

Heartstopper volume 2 by Alice Oseman

I loved this book just as much as Volume 1. Nick and Charlie are my favs. I cannot wait for volume three.

The quiet at the end of the world by Lauren James

I love Lauren's books because they are just a little bit different. This was fab.

Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard

Another sequel I adored. Such a brilliant read which packed an emotional punch.

No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter

I loved this and the main character, her body positivity and outlook on life.

The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie

Such a lovely read about finding your people and being true to yourself. I can't wait for book two.

Non Fiction

The To Do List and other debacles

I've put this under non fiction - it's memoir but Amy describes it as a non fiction novel saying that it is based on her experiences but no exactly. Either way I loved it and what it had to say.


The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

This book had me gripped from the outset. I love Ruth's books as they always keep me guessing and I thought this was brilliant.


Wow! Thanks for the list. It's rare I come across one of these where I've never heard of any of them. Can't wait to dive in and start reading!! :)