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7 favourite reads of 2019

We are a couple of weeks away from the end of 2019! It’s been a big year! But this isn’t a reflection post on the year that was – I tend to leave that to the last couple of days after I’ve had time to reflect. 2019 has been a big reading year too. I’ve read 63 books at the time of writing this post and hoping I can get through a couple more before the year ends. I’ve already reviewed how I went with the various reading challenges but I also wanted to make note of my 7 favourite books of 2019 in no particular order:

Normal People by Sally Rooney

This was such a wonderfully amazing book. The relationship between two people over a few years was written in the most exquisite manner. I am a huge fan of Rooney’s writing and her astute observational skills. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. A detailed review is here.

There was still Love by Favel Parrett

This literary novel by Parrett set in the eighties in Melbourne with flashbacks to Prague is a beautifully woven story about three strong women and the challenges they faced. Parrett is one of my favourite authors and her latest instalment did not disappoint. A detailed review is here.

The Last time we say goodbye by Cynthia Hand

This was a YA book I read early in the year and it hit me hard. It follows the journey of a 17-year-old girl following the suicide of her brother. To say it was heartbreaking while also filling me with hope is an understatement. It was a book I reviewed saying it must be read with tissues. I stand by that. Read the detailed review here.

Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales

Leigh Sales’ part-memoir, mostly exploration of how people deal with adversity was one of the most fascinating non-fiction reads this year. While most of the coping mechanisms are related to psychological interventions I know, it was still interesting to read how people apply and cope with it. And in the end, it also left me with a sense of what is important to us in life. My detailed review can be found here.

How to make friends with the dark by Kathleen Glasgow

This was a beautiful YA novel about grief and loss. A 16-year-old girl loses her mother suddenly and is left to navigate the world on her own. I cried in public while reading this book and it gave me goosebumps. A detailed review is here.

If cats disappeared from the world by Genki Kawamura

This was the first book I read on the first day of the year and it stayed with me for most of the year. It was a thought-provoking book about what would you be willing to sacrifice for an extra day to live. It was fascinating and I know just how much people fear death and in that context, it was an interesting read. I loved this one and have reviewed it here.

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

The only crime fiction novel to feature on this list. Jane Harper’s The Lost Man blew me away with both the what-happened and whodunit aspect but more importantly, with some of the deeper issues it managed to tackle. It kept me hooked and gave me goosebumps and just had to be one of my top reads this year. You can find a detailed review here.

There were several other books I loved this year but didn’t make the cut. It’s hard to choose when there are some prolific writers out there and some incredible work. In the end, though, the ones that get to me emotionally tend to stay with me for a long, long time. And these were just some of them.

What were your favourite reads for 2019?

Do share!

Until next time,





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