At the start of 2019 I had made a promise to myself to read more. It’s something I’ve always loved but it’s such an easy hobby to push aside. Sitting in silence and focusing on one thing in today’s world is something of a virtue. I’d set myself the not-so-big-but-doable-target of 20 books for the year to which I hit by June!
So as you can tell, I kinda hit the ground running with my goal. I set it at a modest 20 because I thought I could probably average 1-2 books a month. I’m currently reading book number 32 and the year hasn’t ended yet which means on average I’ve read about 2-3 each month. Not bad if I do say so myself.
Lucky for me I have some very enthusiastic book loving friends who were always providing me with new things to read, so I just kind of went with the momentum. I’ve definitely slowed down towards the end of the year because I got super busy and had a bad mental health patch which stopped me in my tracks but I’m excited to read again over the Christmas break.
What were my favourites?
I read some really great books this year and from genre’s that I wouldn’t normally gravitate towards, which is why it’s great to read suggestions from friends once in a while! These included a series of books I still have to read 2 more in and i’m very excited to start those over the Christmas break. So lets delve into my 2019 favourite books with relatively low spoilers!
This Is Going To Hurt – Adam Kay
I’d never read anything in this diary format before, but this book was such an interesting, emotional and easy read. If you didn’t already appreciate the NHS enough, you should read this book and see the heart felt and hilarious stories of a doctor through his career.
Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
This book is one of those books that you hear the name around for years but it takes you forever to eventually read. I’m so glad I did! It’s a very very interesting book and it had me crying within minutes of reading it. I’ve never quite felt so overwhelmed with emotion so early in book before, I even read it out loud to my partner and he got emotional too! It’s about a black midwife who has been banned from treating a child because the parents are racist and don’t want her to handle their child. It gets pretty serious and dramatic pretty quick but honestly it’s a really good book and I highly recommend you take a read.
Vox – Christina Dalcher
A world where women are limited to only speaking 100 words a day otherwise they are given severe electric shocks. Until one day the only person who can save the presidents brother is the great female doctor in retirement. Very clever and scary idea of a possible future and an interesting twist from a mother who is trying to provide the best future for her young daughter. Something very different from my usual reading pattern but really enjoyed this book
Red Rising Series – Pierce Brown
This series is probably my favourite of the year. I don’t normally read Sci-fi fantasy type books but this one caught me from the beginning. In a world where all the humans now live on Mars and with a severe class divide, a ‘Red’ lives entirely under the surface of Mars where his sole purpose of life is to mine fuel for the planet. He’s born in the mines and has never seen the surface of Mars, until one day his wife sneaks him to the surface and his entire life changes. This book is about the rise of the Reds. It’s got some Hunger Games vibes about it but not in a bad way. Just when you think you know whats going to happen, Brown has so many twists up his sleeve it’s impressive. I can’t wait to read book 4 & 5!
Conversations With Friends – Sally Rooney
A very modern novel from a young writer about 2 female friends and their relationship and lives as two young students. The writing style is non-traditional along with the characters too. This is a very popular book and I can see why, I don’t really have any complaints about it at all and I enjoyed it enough to immediately buy Rooney’s other novel. I’m excited to see how her career develops in the future and I look forward to seeing what she writes next.
What books have you loved in 2019?
I’d love to hear what your favourite books are you’ve read this year so that I can add them to my 2020 list! I’m always up for reading new types of books and genres in the hopes of widening my net.
Or if you’ve read any of the books above and loved or hated them, I’d also like to hear why!
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