Reading is pretty much my absolute favourite thing to do. If I’m left to my own devices, I will never switch the TV on, but I will always read. You hear a lot these days about ‘self-care’. I don’t go in for the whole bath and hot chocolate and blanket thing, reading is my self-care. I have a book with me wherever I go, because how would I cope if I was left with nothing to do for five minutes?
I read with my lunch, I read while I’m waiting for my son to come out of school, I read just before I go to sleep and I read whenever I have five minutes to myself.
I read a good mix of books in 2019. There were plenty of my old favourites – the psychological thrillers – as well as few of what I would call ‘feel good fiction’ – not exactly romantic fiction, but with nothing particularly bad happening and definitely not literature. There’s also been a couple of literary novels, a couple of biographies and a couple of romantic novels too.
I don’t read very heavy literature or things I feel I ‘should’ read to make me seem intelligent or educated. I read for enjoyment and escapism, not to struggle to understand the words and the sentences.
In 2019 I read 41 books, which is one more than last year, despite the fact that the two Hilary Mantel books and Becoming took me a long time to read.
So what did I read in 2019?
This year I’ve read:
- A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
- The Woman in the Window by A J Finn
- The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J Harris
- The Power by Naomi Alderman
- Two Little Girls by Kate Medina
- Brave by Rose McGowan
- Fire Damage by Kate Medina
- Watching You by Lisa Jewell
- The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen by Hendrik Groen
- Scared to Death by Kate Medina
- A Cotswold Family Life by Clare Mackintosh
- Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
- Transcription by Kate Atkinson
- If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch
- Dark Fire by C J Sansom
- Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
- Our Little Lies by Sue Watson
- The Lost Man by Jane Harper
- Normal People by Sally Rooney
- The Outsider by Stephen King
- Tangerine by Christine Mangan
- Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
- With or Without You by Shari Low
- Never Greener by Ruth Jones
- Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
- Our House by Louise Candlish
- Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
- After the End by Clare Mackintosh
- The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary
- Sovereign by C J Sansom
- No one is too small to make a difference by Greta Thunberg
- The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- Something to Live For by Richard Roper
- I Looked Away by Jane Corry
- I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
- The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
- Unexpected by Greg Rutherford
- Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
- Violet by SJI Holliday
So which were my favourite books of the year? It’s a really tough choice, and there were a number of others that came very close, but I think my absolute favourites were:
- The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder
- The Lost Man
- Bridge of Clay
- The Family Upstairs
- Wolf Hall
What were your favourite reads of 2019? Let me know in the comments below.