So it’s that time of year when lists pop up of the best reads of the year, which is great except many lists only include books published for the first time IN that year, the new releases. As authors continue (hopefully) to make much-needed royalties from blacklists, I thought I’d do a list of my most memorable not-new release reads of 2019.
I should mention, I tried to steer clear of reading middle grade this year (was NOT easy). Why? I’m deep in the throes of writing and editing my own middle grade novel and didn’t want to inadvertently take on anyone else’s thoughts and ideas in my work. So my most memorable not-new release reads of 2019 are all young adult or adult fiction – fantasy, contemporary, or a mix of both.
So for what it’s worth, here they are (sorry, there may be slight spoilers!)
Also known as The Wolves of Mercy Falls, this hauntingly beautiful young adult trilogy is about the relationship between a boy, who also happens to be a wolf, and a girl who may become one. Written by one of my favourite YA authors.
There’s nothing of Maggie’s I don’t like…which leads me to another of her series I only got around to reading this year:
A story about dreams, nightmares, and a quest to find a lost king. While I really enjoyed The Raven Cycle (what’s not to love about a tale involving ancient magic), it came close, but couldn’t, top the Shiver Trilogy as my number one Maggie Stiefvater series to date.
But there are actually other reads on my list not written by Ms. Stiefvater: 🙂
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor:
From another of my favourite YA authors (how good is her descriptive prose?!) comes the sequel and conclusion to Strange the Dreamer. Better than the first—that one dragged a little for me—this second part in a duology on mortals and gods kept me on my toes to the end. You can read more of my thoughts on this book here in a post I wrote earlier in the year.
A MUST for any lover of fantasy and history. This adult fiction trilogy expertly meshes the two into a riveting story of witches, vampires, daemons…and humans, such as the first Queen Elizabeth of England. You know, the one who lived more than four hundred years ago.
Yet not all my memorable non-new release reads were fantasy.
Two of contemporary Australian author, Kelly Rimmer’s, earlier works tore at my heart strings this year:
A Mother’s Confession– a psychological tear-jerker of a novel about family fall-out after a husband takes his own life. I did NOT see the twist coming!
Me Without You – a book in the vein of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, that gracefully shows how love both breaks, and heals, hearts. 😦
And last, but certainly not least, April in Paris, 1921, by another Aussie, Tessa Lunney:
A larger-than-life tale of a delightful blonde-bobbed Australian who finds gossip, subterfuge and Picasso in Paris. A great book to read as we head into this century’s Roaring Twenties. I wonder what they’ll bring? 😉
Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think?
Wishing you all a fun-filled Christmas and a great start to the next Roaring Twenties,