My Top 11 Reads of 2019

Ok I KNOW this is late but It took me multiple tries to narrow these down.

I started with 30 and then was going to give up and have a top 20… then battled and spent longer choosing.

Then decided on 23 after adding another 6…. yeh. This took a long time 😂😂

So FINALLY, and after MUCH indecision…. these are my top 11 reads of 2019!! (Well it’s NEARLY 10!! What more do you want from me?!)

I read A LOT of books, but these are all ones i recommend over and over because they’re BLOODY BRILLIANT.

The top three are joint 1st to be honest, I couldn’t decide!! And the others are all joint second. I gave up trying to make my mind up 🤷‍♀️ the problem with reading a variety of genres, is I have lots of favourites.

So here are the books I will be rereading over and over again!

1. Changeling. By Matt Wesolowski – Published by Orendabooks

BLURB:

On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the Wentshire Forest Pass, when a burst tyre forced his father, Sorrel, to stop the car. Leaving the car to summon the emergency services, Sorrel returned to find his son gone. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995. Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel, his son and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. He takes a journey through the trees of the Wentshire Forest a place synonymous with strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there. He talks to a company that tried and failed to build a development in the forest, and a psychic who claims to know where Alfie is…

2. Risen by Auryn Hadley Published by Spotted Horse productions

BLURB for Risen:

In the final stretch of the war, the rules are changing faster than Anglia can keep up. The Kaisae of all Iliri is gone. Her mates are holding the army together. Her dreams are changing everything—and Sal? She’s not done yet. 

The Emperor has taken too much from her. Life, loves, and much of her happiness. All she has left is desperation—and blind trust. 

But she’s not alone. She never has been.

If the iliri want to finally know peace, she’s going to need some help. For once, the success of their species is out of her hands.

Ryali has promised to handle the situation in Dorton. This leaves the King free to focus on the assault of Terric. Elite units are lining up to help. The end of the war is near, but can Anglia truly make this happen?The fight is the least of their concerns. Killing a man is easy. Changing minds? That’s going to be impossible.

And yet it’s the whole reason the iliri have risen up: to finally be seen as equals. If this is going to work, it’s going to take more than ayati—more than the fate the iliri believe controls the world.

It’s time for the pattern to change

3. The Carrero Contract – Amending Agreements by L T Marshall published by Pict Publishing.

BLURB for The Carrero Contract – Amending Arrangements:

CAMILLA WALTERS finds herself on the outside of ALEXI CARRERO‘s world after he sets her loose. Following a dramatic end to their roller coaster relationship and is trying to start over again.


She’s healing, wounded and low, but with determination to get back on her feet as fast as she can.
Fate takes a turn one awful night, and leads her straight back to the door of the people she swore never to rely on again, pulling her back into the world she had run away from.

The Carrero world and the man who broke her.


Like magnets drawn to one another it is obvious their story is not over yet.


Will Camilla ever be able to forget the past and what he did to make her hate him? Can she ever trust Alexi Carrero?

4. Call Me StarGirl by Louise Beech Published by OrendaBooks

BLURB for Call Me Star Girl:

Stirring up secrets can be deadly … especially if they’re yours… 

Pregnant Victoria Valbon was brutally murdered in an alley three weeks ago – and her killer hasn’t been caught. 

Tonight is Stella McKeever’s final radio show. The theme is secrets. You tell her yours, and she’ll share some of hers. 

Stella might tell you about Tom, a boyfriend who likes to play games, about the mother who abandoned her, now back after fourteen years. She might tell you about the perfume bottle with the star-shaped stopper, or about her father … 

What Stella really wants to know is more about the mysterious man calling the station … who says he knows who killed Victoria, and has proof. 

Tonight is the night for secrets, and Stella wants to know everything… 

5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab Published by Titan Books

BLURB for A Darker Shade of Magic:

Most people only know one London; but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travelers magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. There is Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic, home to the mad king George III. There is Red London, where life and magic are revered. Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London…

6. Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver Published by Orendabooks

BLURB for Nothing Important Happened Today:

Nine suicides
One Cult
No leader

Nine people arrive one night on Chelsea Bridge. They’ve never met. But at the same time, they run, and leap to their deaths. Each of them received a letter in the post that morning, a pre-written suicide note, and a page containing only four words: Nothing important happened today.

That is how they knew they had been chosen to become a part of the People Of Choice: A mysterious suicide cult whose members have no knowledge of one another.

Thirty-two people on that train witness the event. Two of them will be next. By the morning, People Of Choice are appearing around the globe; it becomes a movement. A social media page that has lain dormant for four years suddenly has thousands of followers. The police are under pressure to find a link between the cult members, to locate a leader that does not seem to exist.

How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?

7. The RingMaster Vanda Symon Published by Orendabooks

BLURB for The Ringmaster:

Nine suicides
One Cult
No leader

Nine people arrive one night on Chelsea Bridge. They’ve never met. But at the same time, they run, and leap to their deaths. Each of them received a letter in the post that morning, a pre-written suicide note, and a page containing only four words: Nothing important happened today.

That is how they knew they had been chosen to become a part of the People Of Choice: A mysterious suicide cult whose members have no knowledge of one another.

Thirty-two people on that train witness the event. Two of them will be next. By the morning, People Of Choice are appearing around the globe; it becomes a movement. A social media page that has lain dormant for four years suddenly has thousands of followers. The police are under pressure to find a link between the cult members, to locate a leader that does not seem to exist.

How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?

8. Smoke in Her Eyes by Anna Belfrage Published by Troubador Publishing

BLURB for Smoke In Her Eyes:

Six months ago, Helle Madsen would have described herself as normal. Now she no longer knows if that terms applies, not after her entire life has been turned upside down by the reappearance of not one, but two, men from her very, very distant past. 

Helle Madsen never believed in mumbo-jumbo stuff like reincarnation—until she came face to face with Jason Morris, a man who purportedly had spent fifty lives looking for her. Coping with being reunited with the lover from her ancient past was one thing. Having Sam Woolf, her vindictive nemesis from that same ancient past join the party was a bit too much. Suddenly, Helle finds herself the reluctant heroine of a far-flung, time-transcending epic story, one in which pain and loss seem to play a very big part.

This time round, Jason and Helle are determined to make it to the happily ever after. Unfortunately, Sam Woolf will stop at nothing to crush them. That ride into the golden sunset seems awfully far away at times…

9. The Christmas Holiday by Sophie Claire Published by Hodder

BLURB for The Christmas Holiday:

Can a trip away lead you home?

After a bad break-up, eternal optimist Evie Miller has moved to the small village of Willowbrook to finally pursue her dream of opening a craft shop. Unfortunately, with money worries and an ex-boyfriend determined to track her down, her fresh start isn’t going entirely to plan.

Jake Hartwood is also looking to escape his past. Haunted by the loss of his wife, he’s determined not to get close to anyone again – and the last thing he wants is to be celebrating this December.

Hoping to avoid the festivities, Evie and Jake arrange to escape Christmas together as friends in Provence. But will the magic of the season change things between them?

And what happens if one of them starts to feel something more?

10. The Lingering by SJI Holliday Published by Orendabooks

BLURB for The Lingering:

Married couple Jack and Ali Gardiner move to a self-sufficient commune in the English Fens, desperate for fresh start. The local village is known for the witches who once resided there and Rosalind House, where the commune has been established, is a former psychiatric home, with a disturbing history. When Jack and Ali arrive, a chain of unexpected and unexplained events is set off, and it becomes clear that they are not all that they seem. As the residents become twitchy, and the villagers suspicious, events from the past come back to haunt them, and someone is seeking retribution… At once an unnerving locked-room mystery, a chilling thriller and a dark and superbly wrought ghost story, The Lingering is an exceptionally plotted, terrifying and tantalisingly twisted novel by one of the most exciting authors in the genre

11. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan Published by Hodder and Stoughton

BLURB For Girls of Paper and Fire

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honour they could hope for…and the most demeaning.
This year, there’s a ninth.
And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

‘A timely reminder that, in the right hands, the fantasy genre has things to say about injustice and abuse of power in the real world’ GUARDIAN

Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. Ten years ago, her mother was snatched by the royal guards, and her fate remains unknown. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after – the girl with the golden eyes, whose rumoured beauty has piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, Lei does the unthinkable – she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

It was INCREDIBLY difficult, and somewhat Painful to get the lost down to these!!! I changed my mind a lot. So.

Here are some I REALLY WANTED to also include!! And you really REALLY should check out ASAP!!

Shelter In Place by Nora Roberts; The Christmas Promise by Sue Moorcroft; Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone; Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald; The Wolf and The Spider by Leo Carew; The Kiss of Death by Auryn Hadley; Attend by West Camel.

As you can see, I haven’t included my reviews! There is logic behind my madness I assure you.

It’s because I have decided that each month one of these Authors will be spotlighted! Several are part of a series of which I ADORED every book, so every month I’ll share my thoughts for ONE OF THEM.

Keep your eyes peeled!!

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