It’s the last day of the year and the perfect time to go out on a high note! In some ways, 2019 was a great year for me and my family. I feel like I really grew and was able to set some boundaries and stick to them. I started working harder on getting healthy, and while I’m not where I wanted to be at the end of the year, I’ve learned a lot and I’m making slow progress. I’ve also worked on letting go of some clutter, both literally and figuratively.
As far as reading goes, I also had a good year. I started over 300 books this year. Even with 44 DNFs, that’s still a bunch of books, so it’s pretty hard to narrow it down to my 10 favorite books of the year. Instead I’m going to narrow it down to 10 fiction books I loved, but ones I haven’t mentioned on my blog before.
10 Fiction Books I Loved in 2019
Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian. Historical fiction set in the English countryside. Willie Beech is evacuated to the countryside on the eve of the Blitz during World War II. He meets Mr. Tom, and his life changes forever. This book is charming and heartbreaking and beautiful. BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina. Deeply layered and relevant YA dystopia by and Own Voices Australian writer. BEST OWN VOICES
Two for the Lions by Lindsey Davis. Marcus Didius Falco is an informer in Ancient Rome, but he has more in common with Sam Spade or Stephanie Plum. This time he’s hired to find out who killed one of the Colosseum lions. BEST SERIES MYSTERY
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm. The end of the world is on hand, and one family has decided to band together and change the world. This is a science fiction classic that I’d heard a lot about, so I’m glad I got to read it this year. BEST CLASSIC
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Another sci-fi book that was a complete surprise. I loved the crazy crew of the Wayfarer. BEST SPACE STORY
Murder in Little Shendon by A. H. Richardson. A very English mystery set in a little village and complete with an amateur sleuth. BEST VILLAGE MYSTERY
A Bone of Contention: The Third Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew by Matthew Gregory. Medieval mystery set in Oxford. Lots of town versus gown drama in this one, with some very militant monks. BEST MEDIEVAL MYSTERY
Of Blood and Deceit by Rachel A. Collett. YA fantasy/romance which was much better than I expected. First in a series, but the rest haven’t released yet. BEST SURPRISE
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. We read this for book club, and I gotta say – the hype is real. This one was so good. I can’t believe it’s all based on actual facts! BEST HISTORICAL FICTION
The Killing of Katie Steelstock by Michael Gilbert. This one is out of print, but it was a pretty biting commentary on television stardom set in a classic English village. BEST THRIFT STORE FIND
Right, it was actually really hard to finish this list! Mostly because the books that I loved the most are the ones I mention on here over and over! But having to come up with some new ones that I haven’t talked that much about – that was hard! Still, these are books I really enjoyed. What books made your best of the year? Let me know in the comments!