My favourite reads of 2019 including The Secret History, The Hate U Give and more

After taking a look back on my 2019 reading challenge, I thought it would be a great idea to list some of the best books I read last year.

The Fall Guy by James Lasdun


I loved the dynamic of the three main characters in this psychological thriller. It’s a very quick read too.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt 

This book, which is also a psychological thriller, was my favourite read of 2019. I love that it is set in university and how it shows how far people will go to get their own way.

A round up of The Fall Guy and The Secret History can be found here.

Heartstopper volume 1 and 2 by Alice Oseman

This series is just perfection. They are both graphic novels, following the lives of Nick and Charlie who are dealing with school life, friendship issues and first loves. It’s the perfect LGBTQ+ book.  Volume 3 will be out in February 2020.

The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie

This is one for book lovers, including fans of classics as it pays homage to favourites such as Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice) and Sylvia Plath (The Bell Jar). It’s a book that many who are addicted to reading will resonate with greatly as the characters eat, sleep and breathe books. I particularly loved the journey they go on to find bookish landmarks in the UK.

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

You will finish this book thinking the band is real and googling Daisy Jones, only to find it is in fact fiction, not real life. This novel was so realistic and fascinating. I especially love how the author managed to write an entire book in an interview format and as a reader I still fell in love with all the members of the band. See my full review here. 

Normal People by Sally Rooney

This is Rooney’s best work by far. I didn’t like Conversations With Friends, but this one was great. The writing style is very modern and the characters dealt with everyday issues. It was interesting to see the characters evolve over the years as the book progressed.

Bird Bix by Josh Malerman

After jumping on the hype train with this one, I was impressed by the storytelling and narration of this book. It was extremely fast-paced and I empathised with the character’s fears. A full review can be seen here. 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This young adult novel is one of the best I have read, as there are lots of important messages throughout, particularly surrounding racial issues. A full review is available here.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

If you love romantic comedies, then this is a must. It is funny and cute. It’s the closest thing I have found to the humour in the Bridget Jones series. There are two different narratives and it’s clear in each chapter which character is narrating as the writing is so precise. This is one of the best books I’ve read in this genre in a while. It’s perfect for Sophie Kinsella fans.

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