Ten of My Favourites from 2019

Good morning! ♥️

So I’ve been wondering whether I should do a “Top Books of 2019” post as I don’t recall a single book I’ve read this year that I didn’t enjoy at least to some degree.  Given that I am an aspiring writer myself, it someone how doesnt sit well with me, choosing a selection of books that I think are better than the others that I’ve read and despite re-reading all of my reviews from 2019, I struggled to put together a succinct pile of the “best” ones.


However, I went up to look at my shelves and have really enjoyed browsing and reminiscing over last year’s reads. Given that I feel I’ve been lucky enough to not have read a bad book this year, I have decided to call this stack “Ten of My Favourite Books of 2019”.  I think the title really reflects how I feel about my reading in general this year; there are just too many outstanding books to pin down to a list!


Anyway, without further ado, here they are (in no particular order) together with a quote from each of my reviews (which are hyperlinked as the titles of each book; so to see the full review click on the large title of each book).



The Familiars by Stacey Halls


I freely admit to being seduced by the mystical allure of this novel: I was totally, utterly and obliviously lost in it.  The Familiars is sultry and seductive and full of so much witchy goodness.


Haverscroft by Sally Harris


I was lucky enought to be given an original post by Sally to post on my blog for this one – please do check it out!  My review for this book is to follow (it’s currently sat in my #bookbasketofshame – more on this another time 😟) but trust me when I say you really need to read this book!


The Lives Before Us by Juliet Conlin


This is a compelling story of heartbreak, instability and compassion; a beautifully written and captivating tale of survival. Conlin presents a masterclass in historical fiction in what is a sensorially astounding and truly accomplished novel.


Overdrawn by NJ Crosskey


When I finished Overdrawn I could hear my heart hammering in my chest and reverberating in my ears: What. A. Ride.  This politically charged, dystopian drama was both thought-provoking and heart-breaking and left me with a bittersweet taste in my mouth.


I Will Make You Pay by Teresa Driscoll


I Will Make You Pay is dark, disturbing and utterly compelling; I defy anyone to read this book and not be impressed.


The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy 


This book is about love, honesty, beauty and so much more.  One could be forgiven for believing that reading it was a dream; slow and hazy, yet fresh as salty sea air.  Sensual and soulful; Levy has created a veritable masterpiece.


A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier


A Single Thread is an elegantly written and deliciously detailed piece of writing, which should be slowly savoured so as to properly enjoy.  It is beautifully observed  with a captivating warmth.


A Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor

WOW.  This intriguing story is completely different to anything I’ve ever read before.  It’s subject matter is harrowing, yet utterly compelling.  There is a sinister edge running through the entire book, which is both spine chilling and exhilarating.


The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary


Another one currently residing in my #bookbasketofshame – I’ll write my review in time for the paperback release in February but in the meantime, if you haven’t already read this book then you must!  It is simply wonderful.


Take It Back by Kia Abdullah


Take it Back is a crushingly intense, powerful and twisted novel that will have you on tenterhooks until the very last page.  Clear your diaries for when you pick it up, I promise you won’t be able to put it down!


As always, thank you so much to the publishers (tagged in the original reviews) for sending me such wonderful books to read and review; I feel very privileged to be able to read so many books pre-release!


So thats my stack! Ten of my favourites from 2019!  Are there any on here that you’ve read and enjoyed too?

Until next time! 

@mrscookesbooks ♥️


Published by Mrs Cooke

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