For the first time in… well forever, I contrived a semi final type scenario and have shared:
Very accidentally, that gave me a top 15, which is an excellent total given I have obsessive compulsive tendencies and 13, 14, 16 or 17 would have just been weird.
My lists should come with some disclaimers.
- They only include books released in Australia this year
- They only include fiction cos I don’t ‘do’ non-fiction
- There are some books I’ve heard amazing things about but didn’t read or get for review, such as (Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Favourite Daughter by Kaira Rouda and Rene Denfeld’s The Butterfly Girl.) Similarly I’ve not read 2019 releases by Charlotte Wood, Mark Brandi or Margaret Atwood.
Interestingly (well, for me anyway), my list doesn’t necessarily reflect the books I rated highest at the time of reading. I’ve also been ruthless in my final decisions so this very short list includes books I’ve loved most this year AND have stayed with me in some way.
This is a beautifully told story of families and love. I rarely give 5 stars but this is certainly deserving of them.
This very clever love story offers not only quirky, well-drawn characters but a complex and innovative narrative that could be predictable, but isn’t.
A beautifully written quintessentially Australian story about a young girl in the 1970s and the divided family who all love her.
And there you have it – my favourite novels of 2019. Short and sweet. Possibly even in order of favourite-ness.
If you’re looking for recommendations from recent years, a list of my faves is below.
And most of my reviews (well, those I’ve written since about 2016, which is when I started allocating stars) can be found by rating here.
I’ve gone for a very few number of books this year because after these I’d struggle to select my favourites. Do you have a favourite book (or two) from this past year?