My Favourite Books of 2019

9 January 2020

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Last year, one of my biggest goals was to read more. I have loved the joy of picking up a new book since I was a kid, and after excusing myself for not reading because I was 'too busy' I finally put the time in. As a result, I read some amazing books in 2019, so thought I would share some of my favourites.

Reasons to stay alive - Matt Haig

As I've mentioned in the past, at the start of the year I was in a very rough place mentally. I found Haig's book 'Reasons to stay alive' as well as the follow up 'Notes on a nervous planet' massively helpful during this time. It reminded me I wasn't alone, as although we all experience different mental health issues, knowing other people experience the same feelings of isolation, dissociation, depression and anxiety (to name but a few) was massively reassuring to me. This book is so honest and vulnerable, even if you have never struggled with a mental health issue before, it will definitely resonate. 

My rating: 4.5/5

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Twas the nightshift before Christmas - Adam Kay

Another non-fiction number (which is rare for me!) that I absolutely cherished. This book acts as a sequel to Kay's first novel 'This is going to hurt' which was absolutely hilarious and heartbreaking. When I finished the first book I was absolutely gutted it was over, so I was very glad when this little number came out! In the same style as his first, this book is written as a series of diary entries about Kay's experiences as a junior doctor. I find anything to do with the public services fascinating, and after reading this novel I have even more respect for the NHS staff who give up their time to help save lives. 

My rating: 4.9/5 (the first one is even better)

The tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

This book follows the heartbreaking tale of how Jew, Lale Sokolov, was brought in to Auschwitz to work as a tattooist. Based on the true events of Lale's life, within the book you get to follow the love story of Lale and Gita unfold within the camp. I've always found world war two really interesting, although heartbreaking, and I found this book really made me appreciate the horrors of life during this time. Although classed as a fiction novel, you learn a lot about how life within the camp was - as the book was based off interviews with Holocaust survivor Lale - and makes you realise the horrifying scale of genocide that took place. Whilst a harrowing tale, there was a happy ending for Lale and Gita, and this is definitely worth a read if you like historical fiction.

My rating: 4/5

One day in December - Josie Silver

I'm a sucker for a good rom-com novel, and this one definitely ticked all the boxes! Following the story of Laurie, who falls in love at first site out of a bus window only to lose him again, this book had me hooked from the start. I'm sure you'll all agree when I say most of these 'types' of book can be quite predictable at times (which I do love don't get me wrong) this book had so many plot twists I couldn't keep up! Oh and I had to save it for December because, even though the book spans over ten years, it definitely gave me cosy winter vibes.

My rating: 4.5/5

What Milo saw - Viginia Macgregor

What Milo saw was I book I picked up purely by chance (because I liked the look of the cover) and fell in love with over the summer. The story follows nine year old Milo, who suffers from a rare eye condition making him slowly blind, and his pet pig Hamlet. As Milo's nan is moved into a care home, he notices a few things are a bit odd, but trying to get the adults to listen to him is a mammoth task. This is a truly heartwarming story, that will make you laugh and cry - and if there's one book you read from this list, make it this one.

My rating: 5/5

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Twenties girl - Sophie Kinsella

I found this book in a charity shop (a great place to get 'new' books for cheap btw!) and had to pick it up because I love Sophie Kinsella's work! This one was quite different to Kinsella's usual work, as it followed the life of Lara, who was being 'haunted' by the ghost of her great aunt Sadie. Sadie causes chaos in Lara's mundane life and brings her into a host of awkward situations! Really loved this one, and it still fits the rom-com criteria but with a twist.

My rating: 4.7/5

What were your favourite books last year?
Sending love,
Jess x

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