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This week’s theme is all about the best books we’ve read this year! I love looking back at my year of reading, and 2019 was definitely a year of discovering new favourites for me.
Having said that, my list this week is a strange one because there are some books I rated 5 stars that haven’t made this list and some books I rated 4 stars that have. Ultimately it’s the books that really stay with me that are ultimately my favourites of the year, and even if I didn’t love a book enough to give it 5 stars it says a lot if I loved it enough to still be thinking about it long after I read it.
I also have fifteen, not ten, just because I can. So, in the order I read them, here are my best books of 2019*!
*These are books I read in 2019, not necessarily books published in 2019.
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett: I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Sancia since I finished this book. I can’t wait to continue with this series!
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: I adore this book. ADORE it. It’s one of my new all-time favourite novels, and I’ve already thought about re-reading it several times.
Entreat Me by Grace Draven: I loved this book not only because reading it was so much fun, but because it introduced me to the romantasy genre and to Draven as a romantasy author.
In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan; narrated by Kate Reading: The audiobooks for this series are wonderful, and this one in particular was so much fun to listen to.
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier: This book is gorgeous. It has some incredibly dark moments, but it’s beautifully written and it completely swept me away.
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: 1920s Mexico with Mayan mythology. I was never not going to enjoy this one, and Moreno-Garcia remains one of my all-time favourite authors.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch: This book was SO much fun! Italian-inspired fantasy about a group of thieves is everything I didn’t know I needed, and this is another series I can’t wait to continue.
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett: One of the best fantasy novels I’ve ever read. This book is fantastic.
The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections by Tina Connolly: This novelette is one I’ve thought about regularly since I finished it, and so much of that is because I wish it was longer even though I know it probably wouldn’t be as good as it is if it were longer. I just loved it!
The Diviners by Libba Bray: Some of the best world-building I’ve ever encountered in YA or historical fiction. Bray brought 1920s New York to life, and I’m so excited to continue this series!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I finally crossed this one off my TBR and it was so worth it! Some of the best bi rep I’ve encountered in fiction, and Evelyn is a character who’ll stick with me.
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky: I never thought I’d love a book about spiders so much, but this is probably one of the best sci-fi novels I’ve ever read.
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold: My book of the year and one of the best books I’ve ever read. It made me angry and it made me want to cry, and it’s required reading.