My Top 20 Favourite Books of 2019

What a year! This list has been nearly impossible to put together. I’ve read so many incredibly brilliant books in 2019 and it’s been a real battle trying to narrow it down to 20. I do so apologise to the authors whose books I had to drop from the list (not that you know who you are πŸ˜‚) but lines must be drawn somewhere and I’ve had to be utterly ruthless.

Note : These were all published this year.

So, without further ado, in random order except for the top 4, here are my Top 20 Favourite Books of 2019.

John Marrs – The Passengers [my review]
Phoebe Locke – The July Girls [my review]
Jo Spain – Dirty Little Secrets [my review]
Taylor Jenkins-Reid – Daisy Jones and the Six [my review]

Kia Abdullah – Take It Back [no review]
James Delargy – 55 [my review]
SΓΈren Sveistrup – The Chestnut Man [my review]

Anita Frank – The Lost Ones [no review]
Stacey Halls – The Familiars [no review]
Elizabeth Letts – Finding Dorothy [my review]

The Orenda Collection πŸ˜‚

Sarah Stovell – The Home [my review]
Will Carver – Nothing Important Happened Today [my review]
Doug Johnstone – Breakers [my review]
Helen Fitzgerald – Worst Case Scenario [my review]
Louise Beech – Call Me Star Girl [my review]
Thomas Enger – Inborn [my review]

4. Ruth Ware – The Turn Of The Key [my review]
3. Rowan Coleman – The Girl at the Window [my review]
2. C.J. Tudor – The Taking of Annie Thorne [my review]

| And Novel Deelight’s Book of the Year award goes to ….. |

If you read my review back when I posted it, this will not really come as a surprise. I have to say The Taking of Annie Thorne (!!!!!! infinity) and The Girl at the Window came incredibly close and I almost had to resort to drawing straws to pick a winner. Such a hard choice to make but The Whisper Man just had that little bit of an edge. [my review]

So, there you have it. Thoughts? Suggestions? Criticism? πŸ˜‚

As 2019 is coming to an end, I want to say a huge thank you to all the fabulous authors and publishers for an absolutely outstanding bookish year! Thank you to YOU, my lovely fellow bloggers and readers for your enthusiasm, your support, your comments and for sharing the book love. ❀️

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and I’ll see you on the other side when I’ll be taking a look at what 2020 has in store for the book world. Until then, stay safe, be merry and keep reading. xx

  39 comments for “My Top 20 Favourite Books of 2019

  1. December 20, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Fab post! Some amazing books and some that I still need to read πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‚ xx

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  2. December 20, 2019 at 10:41 am

    I’ve heard such great things about The Whisper Man, what a great year of reading!

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    • December 21, 2019 at 10:05 am

      It was one of those books with a bit of hype around it that actually delivered, in my most humble opinion. It’s been an amazing year. I can’t wait to see what 2020 brings.

      Have a wonderful Christmas, Cathy!

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  3. December 20, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Fantastic list loads that I haven’t read! I can’t decide if I’m going to fo a list or not. I’m away for Christmas so might put something together when I come back. Have a wonderful Christmas and see you on the other side! Xx

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    • December 21, 2019 at 10:06 am

      Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and safe travels! See you soon! xx


  4. December 20, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Love your top 20, I’ll have to add most of these to my readlist. 3 of them are in my top 10 too (I’m still trying to get my top 13 into a top 10 though) and I only read 4 of your list so far 😁

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    • December 21, 2019 at 10:08 am

      I started with 28 so there was no way a Top 10 was ever going to happen πŸ˜‚

      Which ones have you read? I’m guessing John Marrs is one of them πŸ˜‰

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      • December 22, 2019 at 8:03 pm

        Yes The Passengers -of course-, The Chestnut Man, Call Me Stargirl and The Whisper Man, all of them excellent novels ❀️❀️❀️


  5. December 20, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    A couple of your authors made it onto my list too. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours 😘

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    • December 21, 2019 at 10:09 am

      Have a wonderful Christmas, Cathy! I can’t wait to add more books to your TBR next year! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜

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      • December 21, 2019 at 10:25 am

        Thanks, Eva, you too despite your Twitter pic πŸ˜‚ Bring on more books! 😘


  6. December 20, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Quite a few in there that I have and still need to read. Have a wonderful Christmas Eva 😘😘

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  7. December 20, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Nice list. I loved Daisy Jones and Finding Dorothy.

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    • December 21, 2019 at 10:10 am

      So good, both of them! I could have added Evelyn Hugo as well but I wanted to stick to books that were published this year.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. December 20, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS is also on my top!!! I won’t be posting it before the 31th as I still have a few books to read and who knows :p I have been wanting to read Take It Back forever now! Rha!!! Wonderful top, lovely! xxx

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    • December 20, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      I’m holding off my list for that reason too!

      Liked by 1 person

    • December 21, 2019 at 10:11 am

      My lists consist of books that were published this year and IF I read anything between now and January, they will be older books so ta-da …. list posted πŸ˜‚


  9. December 20, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Happy Christmas Eva! A great list – there a few here I haven’t read yet!

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    • December 21, 2019 at 10:13 am

      So many books, too little time! I totally get it!

      Have a wonderful Christmas, Clair! xx


  10. December 20, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Fab choices, Eva! Take It Back and The Whisper Man will be on mine for sure! I NEED to read Nothing Important Happened Today!!

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    • December 21, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Take It Back needs to be talked about more! It seems to have slipped under people’s radars somehow but it’s a brilliant book! And YES, you need to read Will Carver’s book!

      Happy Christmas, Gemma! xx

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  11. December 20, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Have a great Christmas, Eva! I enjoyed The Passengers and The Familiars, but haven’t read any of the rest. Several are on the TBR.

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    • December 21, 2019 at 10:16 am

      The Passengers still gives me nightmares πŸ˜„

      Happy Christmas, Stephen!


  12. December 20, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    So many fab books here 😍 And The Whisper Man too… Just kidding πŸ˜‚ Bit surprised at the Santa and reindeer though, where’s our Grinch?! πŸ˜‚

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    • December 21, 2019 at 10:18 am


      Good point about the Santa and reindeer. I recycled that one from last year because I’m obviously a lazy so-and-so 🀣

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  13. December 20, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Great post, tons of good books, suggestions. Hoping you have a wonderful Christmas with family and will enjoy a healthy 2020. Can you believe it? 2020!

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 21, 2019 at 10:19 am

      I can’t! When I was younger, it sounded like something from a science-fiction movie and now we’re here! It’s scary!

      Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2020 too!


  14. December 21, 2019 at 4:13 am

    Great list. Believe it or not, I have not read any of these books, but have so many of them on my TBR. I just need time, time, time. There is never enough time to read all the amazing books out there.

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    • December 21, 2019 at 10:21 am

      This is true! A bookworm’s biggest problem. I’ve long ago accepted that I will never reach the bottom of my TBR.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. December 21, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Looks like you had a fab year of reading – hope next year us just as good! Merry Christmas! πŸŽ…πŸ“šπŸ·

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    • December 21, 2019 at 10:23 am

      It’s been an incredible year and 2020 looks set to be just as awesome. For books anyway.

      Have a wonderful Christmas, Leah! Thanks for all the laughter this year! πŸ₯‚

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  16. Yvo
    December 24, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    So many titles on here I absolutely loved as well! The Whisper Man wasn’t my absolute favorite even though I really enjoyed it (please don’t shoot me), but I LOVED The Passengers, Daisy Jones, Breakers, Call Me Star Girl, The Turn Of The Key… I’m not going to be brave like you and pick my favorite read this year though, because this year has been too good with too many books that blew me away. xD (Not that I’m complaining though haha) Here’s to having a 2020 filled with more fantastic books! Merry Christmas xx


  17. December 30, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    I see some already on my shelf and some unfamiliar ones I should check out. Great list, EvaπŸ’œ Now I’ve gotta read The Whisper Man.


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