2019 is almost done. Another year of adventures, annoyances and in betweens. But there were plenty of good books. I read more this year than the last few years, not sure why. I read a lot on my social media break, which was good.
Another year of not really blogging but I can’t give this post up. So, for the fourteenth year, here are some of my favourite books this year:
The Calculating Stars – Mary Robinette Kowal Lady Astronauts during a space race driven by a more urgent reason than we actually had. Great series!
Clockwork Boys – T Kingfisher Another author discovery this year (she also writes as Ursula Vernon and writes kids and YA as well). Great fantasy heist book with a hint of horror. So far I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read of hers.
Me – Elton John I listened to the audiobook of this one, read by Elton and Taron Egerton who played him in the movie and it was highly entertaining.
A Madness of Sunshine – Nalini Singh Loved this first mystery by Nalini, set in NZ.
The Duke I Tempted – Scarlett Peckham A new author, great historicals. Looking forward to more
Back Story – David Mitchell. To be clear, I mean David Mitchell the British comedian/actor, not the Cloud Atlas author. Another audiobook listen. I like David’s cranky Brit humour and actually, the story of how he met and won his wife is pretty romantic.
Grave Importance – Vivian Shaw. The third book in this great UF series which I hope is continuing.
When We Believed In Mermaids – Barbara O’Neal. I love Barbara’s books and this is another great one.
Heartsong – T.J. Klune The third in a great werewolf series. I’ve actually read quite a few of TJ’s books this year, he was a new discovery late last year. M/M and some of them have a pretty graphic sense of humor but he writes great snarky found families.
The Austen Playbook – Lucy Parker. Another fab romance from Lucy.
Sapphire Flames and Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews. I confess I miss Kate but the Hidden Legacy and Innkeeper series are both pretty damn good too.
So there you have it. My fave reads of the year. I read lots and could include more but this is a blog post, not a novel. Mosey on over to Goodreads if you want to see everything I read/listened to. My fave comfort listen continues to be The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, a book I seem to never tire of. My two favorite podcasts continue to be Chat 10 Looks 3 and No Such Thing As A Fish. Honorable mentions to The Pen Addict, The West Wing Weekly, The Throne Rangers, Hashtag Authentic, Writing Excuses, Shedunnit, Pratchat, Fated Mates, Nowhere Child and Australian True Crime.
If you’d like to check out what books I picked as faves in previous years, here they are:
Maybe one of your future faves is in there. If you had a fave this year, let me know so I can check it out! Happy 2020! May the new year be full of amazing books, amazing things and plenty of bookshelves to see out a new decade!