25 comments on “Top Reads of 2019

  1. 123 books! That is impressive. The only one I’ve read from your top ten is The Chrysalids, which I loved. I’ve never come across your no. 1, but it sounds compelling. Also tempted to have a look at Han Kang. I downloaded an extract from Human Acts to my Kindle, but never got further than that.

    • Thank you! 📚 Interestingly, Human Acts seems to be most people’s favourite Kang, but of the three I’ve read, it’s probably my least favourite. She’s well worth checking out if you’re tempted!

  2. Great job reading so many books!! Also I’m (positively) surprised that Wilder Girls is on your list. I’ve got Liar and really need to bump it up on my TBR! It does sound amazing. Also, FINE, I’ll add Frankissstein to my list. It does sound fantastic – I need to re-read Frankenstein, it’s been so long.

    • Thank you! 📚 Wilder Girls is one of those books that I can totally recognise is flawed, but I picked it up when I was feeling a bit slumpy and just loved every second I spent with it.

      I hope you enjoy Liar! And YES to both a reread of Frankenstein and a read of Frankissstein!

  3. I had to read The Chrysalids in grade 9 but I remember almost nothing about it! Maybe it’s time to give it a re-read (and/or pick up Day of the Triffids, which my parents remember reading for school).

    The Last was on my most anticipated reads list last year, but I never quite got to it. I’m glad to hear that it worked so well for you and will have to bump it up my list. House of Glass sounds really intriguing as well!

    Great list and I’m glad you found some standouts in a fairly mediocre year of reading!

    • I think Day of the Triffids will probably be my next Wyndham!

      I hope you enjoy The Last when you get to it. It was easily one of the most fun reading experiences I had, but it’s also a very well constructed novel.

  4. Oooh very interesting to see The White Book here – would you say it’s your favorite Kang? It is solidly my least favorite of hers but I still enjoyed it a lot and should probably revisit it at some point. I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t get around to The Last this year!

    • It is my favourite Kang, but I say that with the full awareness that it’s most people’s least favourite 🤷🏻‍♂️ It wasn’t even a 5 star read at the time, but it’s honestly one of the books I’ve thought about most often all year.

      YES, you have to read The Last!

  5. Really interesting list! I was disappointed by House of Glass but glad that it’s your top book of the year! I read The Chrysalids a long time ago, might be due a re read 😉

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  7. Very interesting list! I very nearly picked up Wilder Girls in my local bookshop a few weeks ago but for some reason didn’t. Although I really should just buy the books that interest me when the rare situation arrises that they stock a book that sounds interesting (the English section is … let’s say sad). I also did not have the best reading year but I can pinpoint exactly why (choosing the instantly gratifying romance novel instead of the more difficult to read but often more rewarding other genres) and hope to change that this upcoming year.

  8. What a great list! Two of your favorites made my list as well (I didn’t realize I was quite so behind on bloghopping again!), and I think Normal People made my list in 2018. I’m so hoping to read Liar and The White Book this year, and I remember being intrigued by your House of Glass review when you read it- now I really want to check it out!

  9. Great list, Callum! A few of these are definitely on my wishlist 🙂

    I found it more difficult to compile my list of top 2019 reads too; let’s hope 2020 blesses us with those new favourites we’re looking for!

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