Greetings! As promised, I’m back with my first bookish post after my 2019 reading recap. If you haven’t read it you can do so here! 😉 I’m excited to be sharing these books with you. Good fiction is becoming an increasingly rare commodity, so when I find it, I enjoy sharing it with the world. 🙂
I was determined not to like this book. It’s not typically the type of book I go for, and because certain people said that I would like it, I, being contrary, decided I wouldn’t like it. But then I was forced to read it for an English Lit class. And I then totally changed my mind (Surprise, suprise :D).
This book is a literary classic for a reason. Not only is the plot riveting, but it also covers some really deep issues. What makes a creature human? Is evil innate or learned? These question are grappled with time and again throughout this book. I really appreciated the way that Shelley writes. The story is gripping and haunting, heart-breaking and fascinating. It’s not one that you can shake easily, and is definitely worth a read (even if you think it isn’t your type of book at all!).
This book was a delightful discovery that I made last year. By now you all know that I’m a huge fan of historical fiction. Not only is this book historical fiction, but it is also written in free-verse poetry – another one of my new-found literary loves. This book tells the story of two girls – one white, one Native American – who forge a friendship, despite the adversity of the world they inhabit. The free-verse poetry is such a good way of both separating and intertwining the two girls’ stories – and I loved it. Highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction, poetry, or just a good, heart-wrenching story!
Lewis has become one of my new-found loves. I’ve never read much of his works before 2019 – but I’m now thoroughly enamoured with his books. This book was my favourite of his works’ that I read this past year. Simply put – it’s genius. It’s vividly eye-opening and stark and arresting in all the best ways. Shot through with Lewis’s signature dry humour, it’s an incredibly enjoyable read. I’ve talked a fair amount about it on my blog before – suffice it to say, I really, really like this book. 😀
This classic book took me an inordinately long time to finish. Not because it’s bad – far from it, it’s actually fantastic. But I read it with my Dad and sister and we are notoriously bad at forgetting about things. 😀 However, I finally finished this book in 2019, and I’m incredibly glad that I did so. I now understand all the hype about Tolkien and his incredibly detailed and complex story worlds. The story is richly embroidered with detail and beautiful history and heart. Yes, this book is an absolute tome. But it’s 100% worth it to make your way slowly and carefully through it. It contains the result of an insanely bright man’s brain – and it’s beautiful.
This book broke my heart in the best way possible. It’s chock full of beautifully messy and hilarious and precious people. The story is heart-wrenching and perfect. The writing is all sparkle and glimmers of hope in the overwhelming darkness of life. And you need to read this book. I read it in one breathless sitting one summer night, and finished at 2 am with tears in my eyes. The story displays the brokenness and beauty of humanity so very well, and my heart was both broken and warmed by it.
And there you have it – my top 5 books of 2019! I definitely read some fantastic fiction last year, and I’m all the better for it! 😉
What were your top reads of 2019? Have you read any books that I covered in this post? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
The Boy Who Steals Houses – C.G. Drews
The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
Blue Birds – Caroline Starr Ro