2019: Best Book Awards

28 December 2019


Hello Readers & Friends,

It seems like only yesterday I did my 2019 book round-up and awards list. Time has really flown and I feel like I've only just joined Bookstagram, when actually it's been a year and a half and now there are over 14,000 of you wonderful bookish folk following me.

As I did last year, I'm doing my 'Best Books' summary in award-style fashion to nod to all my favourite reads of the year.

I upped my GoodReads target to 59 this year and I hit the target. In fact, I went over! 64 books. So I'll be increasing it again for next year.
My total on GoodReads was 23,749 pages. The shortest read was My Twisted World by Elliot Rodger at 137 pages and the longest was Pet Sematary by Stephen King at 580 pages. The book I read with the highest overall GoodReads rating was Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo with a 4.61 star average.

So for this year, these were my top reads:


Best Series: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Special Commendation: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Best Thriller: You by Caroline Kepnes
Special Commendation: One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

Best YA Fantasy: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Special Commendation: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Best YA Romance: It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
Special Commendation: Frankly In Love by David Yoon

Best Cult Read: The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
Special Commendation: Junk by Melvin Burgess


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And for a full list of all my reads & ratings in 2019...

How I rate:

* Could not read or get around style of writing/ shit storyline, likely DNF
** Really didn't like, could rant about, would not recommend, disappointing
*** Was a fine read, will probably have forgotten about it within 6 months but passed time nicely
**** Really enjoyed, looked forward to reading every day, would recommend
***** Could not put down, thought about for ages after, into the fandom and would re-read

1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - 5*
2. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare - 4*
3. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare - 3*
4. Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher - 3*
5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer - 2*
6. This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell - 4*
7. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake - 2*
8. Lolita by Vladimir Nobakov (re-read) - 5*
9. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black - 5*
10. The Taking of Annie Thorne by CJ Tudor - 4*
11. Miss Perefrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - 4*
12. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo - 5*
13. You by Caroline Kepnes - 4*
14. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - 4*
15. She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge - 4*
16. The Wicked King by Holly Black - 4*
17. The Selection by Kiera Cass - 4*
18. The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner - 3*
19. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton - 4*
20. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard - 2*
21. The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson - 3*
22. The Wickerlight by Mary Watson - 3*
23. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - 4*
24. More Than This by Patrick Ness - 3*
25. The Elite by Kiera Cass - 4*
26. Viper by Bex Hogan - 2*
27. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - 5*
28. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus - 4*
29. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - 3*
30. My Twisted World by Elliot Rodger - 4*
31. Columbine by Dave Cullen - 4*
32. The One by Kiera Cass - 5*
33. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Mass - 4*
34. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (re-read) - 5*
35. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (re-read) - 5*
36. Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus - 3*
37. Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghard - 3*
38. It Only Happens in The Movies by Holly Bourne - 5*
39. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell - 4*
40. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - 5*
41. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo - 3*
42. Frankly in Love by David Yooon - 4*
43. This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher - 2*
44. The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams - 3*
45. Junk by Melvin Burgess - 5*
46. Pet Sematary by Stephen King - 4*
47. Heartless by Marissa Meyer - 5*
48. Tinder by Sally Gardner - 3*
49. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness - 5*
50. Emergency Contact by Mary Choi - 3*
51. Friend Request by Laura Marhsall - 3*
52. To Best the Boys by Mary Weber -3*
53. The QB Bad Boy & Me by Tay Marley - 4.5*
54. Cupid's Match by Lauren Palphreyman - 2*
55. 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons - 3.5*
56. Toffee by Sarah Crossman - 5*
57. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell - 2*
58. The Note by Zoe Folbigg - 3*
59. How Do You Like Me Now by Holly Bourne - 4*
60. What Happened That Night by Deanna Cameron - 4*
61. One in a Million by Lindsey Kelk - 3*
62. Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell - 4*
63. S.T.A.G.S by M.A Bennett - 4*
64. My own book, A Girl Called Whisper :)



What were your favourite reads of 2019?

Love,
C x




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