Hello you lovely lot you ❤
I hope you’re all doing well and 2019 has been kind to you so far! Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? I didn’t this year for the first time in a long time, I just want to enjoy my year and see what I achieve along the way… and read more books 😉
So, as you may have gathered from the title I am going to talk you through my top books of 2019! I didn’t read as much as I would’ve liked as my mental health was really up and down and when I start getting into a darker place mentally I shut down and hobbies no longer exist in my brain which makes me more down in the dumps as my hobbies give me happiness… go figure huh?
Alas, I did read a fair amount so here are my top 5! If you read any let me know what you thought in the comments, and if your’s don’t feature let me know what they are so I can experience them too ❤
Nina Is Not Okay – Shappi Khorsandi
This book was one of the first one’s I delved into in 2019 and it was one of the best books I have read in a long while. It’s a story about a girl called Nina who is going through a very turbulent part of her life and her journey to regaining her equilibrium, learning how to cope with life’s challenges and her struggle to maintain relationships throughout. It tackles issues such as alcoholism, mental health issues, sexual assault and violence so if any of those things may be triggering or too much for you then this probably isn’t the top pick for you. What I will say is that the issues are tackled in an informative, useful and sensitive way which not only opens your eyes but also highlights to anyone reading that no challenge is too hard to overcome if you are determined and willing to change.
This book was heartwarming, heart-wrenching and hilarious. I literally could not put it down until I knew if Nina was going to be okay which is a sign of book that has hooked you in from the first chapter and holds you there until the end.
If you are looking for an easy read, good flowing storyline and isn’t too heavy then this one would be a fab choice. I would say that this book would be perfect if you were travelling and needed to bury your head in a good book or if you were heading on a beach holiday, you definitely want time to really dig your teeth into it as it’s incredible.
I gave this book a 5* rating on GoodReads so I definitely enjoyed it and will most likely go back to it in the future as I just adored it from cover to cover.
Carrie – Stephen King
I have always loved reading books that were horror, crime or thriller themed and a couple of years ago I read my first Stephen King novel after a recommendation from a friend and just fell in love with his writing style. He has the perfect balance of description to really immerse your mind into the story, gruesome scenarios to creep the hell out of you and suspense to keep you hooked and turning the pages. It’s like he can delve into your mind, take your deepest fears and create a storyline from it. His writing is just incredible and Carrie definitely did not let me down. If you don’t know the story of Carrie then I am seriously questioning where you have been as it is most likely his most famous book and the film was pretty big of too.. however, in case you don’t know what it is here is an overview.
Carrie is a story about a girl who has the power of telekinesis and her mother has tried to suppress that since she was born. She is an outkast at school, doesn’t have any friends and the other kids at the school isolate and bully her throughout her life. Some of the nasty kids at school decide to pull a prank on her at the school prom and, to put it lightly, shit hits the fan. It’s honestly an incredible book just from the description standpoint. You can truly see everything that Stephen King wants you to see. You feel like you are on the street watching the whole book unfold in front of your eyes and for me that makes an incredible book. I could not put this book down, and considering I only really read on my commute to and from work it says a lot that I read this in under a week 😉
I gave this book a 4* rating on GoodReads which goes to show I really liked it and would happily read it again and obvs recommend to a friend.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
I don’t even know where to start with this book as it was beautiful, heartbreaking yet heartwarming all at once. I borrowed this one from one of my friends and I could not put it down. I read it on my commutes, on my lunch and at home just so I could find out what happened.
As you can probably tell from the title it followed the story of the tattooer of Auschwitz. The tattooer was tasked with tattooing the numbers on all of the new prisoners of the death camp that was situated in Poland. He gave harrowing accounts of what he experienced himself, what his friends went through in the camp and the story of how he met and fell in love with Cilka who he ended up marrying after the camps liberation. This book hooked me from the first page and kept me there until the end. It was beautiful and horrifying but so worth a read. If you are looking for book to really lose yourself in this one is definitely the one to choose. It is based on the true accounts of the tattooer and will give you extremely vivid imagery of the horrors that happened in the death camp, so if you do not want to read that (understandably so) then this one is definitely not for you. However, although it was heartbreaking, the closing story line is truly beautiful. It highlights the extreme resilience that the prisoners of the camps displayed in the fight for survival and maintaining their humanity through some of the darkest stories of history.
I gave this book a 5* on GoodReads and if you choose to read it I hope you will see why. I have recommended this book to so many of my friends and family and I am pretty certain I will go back and read it again in the future.
Salem’s Lot – Stephen King
Surprise, surprise that Stephen King features twice on my top 5 ey? As I mentioned, horror is one of my favourite genres and this one really hooked me in. It was a slower pace than Carrie as it was a longer book generally, however, it was incredible.
This book follows the life of a writer that goes to Salem’s Lot to write his next novel and what he uncovers in that small town is more than he could have ever imagined. It is truly a spooky read, and you honestly feel so immersed in the story that you start to believe you are wandering down the streets of Salem’s Lot and are captured in the story itself. I don’t want to give away too much of the story-line as you truly should read this one if you enjoy horror literature, but it truly got under my skin (like all good King novels do) and creeped me out more than I care to say.
My father-in-law is a huge King fan and he is the one who suggested this book and I am so beyond glad he did. It was classic King in the fact it immersed you from the get-go, you needed to know what was happening in the town and so you physically couldn’t put the book down until you knew what came of the writer, his love interest and the town.
This one, unsurprisingly, got 5* on GoodReads from me and I will definitely go back and read this one again in the future. If you love King and his writing style and haven’t read this one yet, pop it at the top of your list.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
As an obsessive Potter fan it may shock and appal you to know that I only finished reading the Harry Potter books in 2019. And I only started reading them in 2017. I know.. I know… I’ll wait for that to sink in.
Okay cool, it’s sunk in, wicked. So yeah, I finished the series in 2019 with the Deathly Hallows and I was amazed by it. As a Potter fan I was worried that reading the books would be a carbon copy of the films, and I was extremely excited to find out as the books went through that there are so many bits of information, explanations and experiences were kept for the books and not into the films. This made them all the more magical (excuse the pun) to read if I am honest, it kept me hooked, I needed to know what happened, I needed to find out the explanations and experience the adventure for what felt like the first time. This book hooked me in and truly kept me obsessed until I had finished, it was beautifully done and even in the darkest chapters the magic was threaded throughout with titbits of happiness and hope woven through the chapters.
If you don’t know what this book is about then you’ve most likely been living under a rock and honestly I am not going to explain it. Go read the series, lose yourself in the magic and find your inner child. They aren’t the most incredible bits of literature you’ll ever read but the story lines hook you in and the adventures help you lose yourself in the books until the close.
This book got 5* from me on GoodReads. Potter is my life and I feel like a true fan now I have read and loved the books. I may be late jumping on the bandwagon but Jacqueline Wilson was more my cup of tea when I was younger (soz not soz) but I have finally finished the books and already can’t wait to go back and read my faves again in the future.
There you go! My top 5 book picks of 2019! I still cant quite believe we are into 2020 but I am so excited to see what books I can fall in love with this year, I am already onto my second book of the year so far so we’ll see what gems I discover ❤
What were your top books of 2019? I would love to know so I can expand my library that will soon resemble Belle’s in Beauty and the Beast!
Lots of love & talk soon,