Top Five of 2019


Although it has been a year since I last wrote anything for my blog, I wanted to write about my top five novels of 2019. It feels good at the end of the year to reflect on books that have been enjoyed, and to look forward to new books for the new year.

In 2019, I read 64 novels and a couple of books that would probably fall into the self help genre. I re-read two books and listened to four audiobooks. I mostly read novels written by women, and many of the books would be categorised as Women’s Fiction. I read books set in the slave trade, and books set in the future. I read fun books and books that couldn’t have been more serious.

It has been a difficult year, and I have craved good books but not always found them. I have, however, read a few amazing novels that I know will stay with me for a long time. When life was at its toughest, I was grateful to have a book to distract me. Picking up a book allowed me to escape from my thoughts for a while, even when I couldn’t concentrate on the words.

My top five books of 2019 were:

  1. Nobody’s Wife by Laura Pearson
  2. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  3. Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney
  4. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
  5. Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton

A final special mention goes to Charlie Mackesy for The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse. This was a present from my Mum on Christmas Eve (a gift tradition she has maintained since I was a child) and it blew me away. With beautiful illustrations and seemingly simple conversations between the four characters, it was exactly what I needed to read at that time, and is a book I’ll return to. The fact that it was my Christmas Eve book makes it even more special.

My first book this year is Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, which was named one of the top ten books of the decade by Time in November. I have an exciting collection of proofs to begin reading for 2020, and I’m looking forward to a slower, calmer year of reading.

Hannah England


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