Best Books of the Year So Far | 2019

Best Books of the Year So Far | 2019

So we’re over halfway through the year and I have read 52 books so far. It’s time to look at my favourite books of the year so far and see how well I’m set up for my reading challenge of 90 books.

Honestly, reading this year has been great! I’ve been reading loads and in the real mood for books. After a long reading slump last year this makes me feel very happy.

What books have I enjoyed this year so far though, well, there’s a mix. Audiobooks, ebooks, paperbacks. Non-fiction and fiction too.

Let’s jump in.

The No-Spend Year by Michelle McGagh

My first read of the year was an inspiring read on how to save money by not spending it. I did a full book review on this as I enjoyed it that much.

Departures by Anna Hart

This book made me book a holiday at 9pm at night and I jetted off to New York City two months later. Anna Hart has a wonderful way of writing and making every place she visited seem like the best place in the world – even when she was in a dangerous car accident that almost killed her! If you’re looking to get into travel then this is the perfect book to read before or during.

In At The Deep End by Kate Davies

This book is filthy and I loved it. This has definitely been my favourite book to read on the tube this year. A woman legitimately read a page over my shoulder and moved seats – it was all about a fisting. A no-hold back novel about lesbianism and self-discovery. Equal parts hilarious and harrowing. Can’t wait to read whatever Kate writes next.

My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie by Todd Fisher

I’ve been fascinated with Carrie Fisher and Debbie in equal measure for a while. Ever since I watched Singin’ in the Rain and Star Wars and found out that Cathy was the mother of Leia. When they died within a day of each other over Christmas 2016 I was heartbroken. This book is a tell-all memoir written by Todd, the brother of Carrie and son of Debbie, and it is an honest depiction of both women from his birth all the way through to their deaths. Emotional, funny and sweet.

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

I think this has been my favourite book of the year so far and I can’t tell you why as nothing much happens. Set in New York, this coming-of-age just reached a part of my psyche that is developing and I was in awe. I enjoyed every second of this book, which I read on my Kindle and am definitely considering getting the hardback edition for my collection.

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

I’ve never read much about Jack the Ripper, I’ve never been that fascinated by murder. But this book was available on Libby, a library app, and I fancied a historical audiobook. It is a bloody brilliant, pun intended. As a history graduate I appreciate the historical detail that Hallie went into with these books. She tracks the lives of each of Jack the Ripper’s victims from their parents marriage all the way to the aftermath of their deaths. What she doesn’t cover is the deaths themselves. This is not a book about the Jack the Ripper, this is a book about the women he supposedly killed. Brilliant.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

Another one from my New York list of books, and another literary fiction I can’t tell you much about plot-wise. This story hits me in the feels in ways I have never experienced. It’s so visceral and cerebral that you’ll wonder why you’re reading it as you turn the pages hungrily. Not enjoyable but memorable and thought-provoking.

Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams

And finally, Our Stop. This book will always hold a special place in my heart as it helped me to get my job at HarperCollins, it’s also a bloody good book. If you’re a romantic cynic, like myself, then this is the romcom for you.

All in all, 2019 is shaping up to be a good reading year. I still need to read a further 38 books to reach my Reading Goal on Goodreads and I don’t think that will be a problem. I’ve currently got six books on the go: 2 audiobooks, 1 hardback and 3 paperbacks. Not to mention all the reading I am doing for work.

I just can’t stop reading right now!

Love Ellie x

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