Blogmas #7: Favourite 2019 Books Part 2

Blogmas #7Welcome to the second part of my favourite books of 2019! As explained in Part One, these aren’t books published this year, but books I’ve read this year, with one book picked from each month, and a note of other books I read that month so you can see what it was stacked up against. There will also be links to my reviews, so if any catch your eye, go check them out. As this is July – December, there will also be links to my reviews over at Dead Head Reviews, which if you’re a horror fan, is definitely a website you need to check out.

And onto part two! Enjoy.

July

spin the dawnSpin the Dawn – Elizabeth Lim

My Review

I only read three books this month, but the choice was really difficult, as I read both Spin the Dawn and Circe in July. In the end, I decided to go for Elizabeth Lim’s debut novel, a retelling of Mulan that weaves in some fantastic elements and beautiful imagery, and just absolutely swept me off my feet. This book is fantastic, and I really can’t wait for the sequel. Definitely check it out if you haven’t already.

Also Read This Month: Circe, Hysteria: The Biography

August

nos4r2.jpgNOS4R2 – Joe Hill

My Review

This is the month where I started reviewing for Dead Head Reviews, and therefore read a lot of horror. But NOS4R2 deserves a mention, because it’s a downright creepy, eerie read, with a creepy antagonist obsessed with Christmas, and a young woman desperately trying to understand her own abilities. It’s almost like X-Men meets Stephen King. That car, the Christmas songs, the way the protagonist questions her own mind and no one around actually believes her, it all adds up to a brilliant, if hefty, read.

Also Read This Month: Rose, The Blade Itself, The Deal Maker, Kakorrhaphiophobia

September

black rainbow.jpgBlack Rainbow – Edited By Scott Savino

My Review

This was a very difficult month, and my choice really came down to this, Midnight in the Graveyard, and Grind Your Bones to Dust, but Black Rainbow was pure gold. An LGBT horror anthology, the stories contained within it are unique and fresh, bringing new voices to the horror genre and giving us some excellent stories. Check it out – you really won’t be disappointed.

Also Read This Month: Carmilla, Mr Deadman Made Me Do It, Dangerous Women Part 1, Grind Your Bones to Dust, The Town That Feared Dusk, Fevre Dream, Midnight in the Graveyard

October

whispersWhispers in the Dark – Laurel Hightower

My Review

Another tough month. Basically, since I started reviewing for Dead Head Reviews, I’ve read some amazing horror novels, but Whispers in the Dark is one of my favourites I’ve read this year, let alone in just October. It’s a fantastic, gripping, haunting read, and I’m keen to see what Laurel Hightower gives readers next.

Also Read This Month: A Parallel Abyss, The Tunnellers, Under My Hat, In the Scrape

November

a curse so darkA Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

My Review

This was the hardest month yet, as somehow I managed to read nine books. Considering I didn’t read for a few days as I was away, I’m kind of amazed at myself. But not only was it nine books read, the majority of them were really, really good. Still, I’m going to put this at the top of my favourites for this month. Just something about this Beauty and the Beast retelling really captivated me, and it helped me heal after finishing Queen of Nothing. A fantastic book, and I can’t wait for the sequel.

Also Read This Month: The Devil’s Apprentice, The Sea Was a Fair Master, A World of Horror, Esme’s Wish, Let It Go, Dear Laura, The Queen of Nothing, Various States of Decay

December

TBD

I’ve only finished two books this month so far, so I won’t make any decisions on December yet. Expect an update post from me later in the month!

 

So there we have it! Twelve favourites across two posts. And you really can tell when I started reviewing for Dead Head Reviews, can’t you? For reading, it’s been a really good year for me so far, with some fantastic books, new-to-me authors, a few old favourites and some debuts that absolutely blew me away. Let’s hope this trend of reading great books continues into 2020!

Blogmas #7: Favourite 2019 Books Part 1

Blogmas #7Yes, I’m a little behind, but I’m not going to stress about it. I’m not doing every day, anyway, so skipping a few days or falling behind doesn’t mean I’m going to stop doing Blogmas. We’ll just see how it goes.

2019 has been a really good year for me, in terms of reading. I’ve had the pleasure of reading fantastic books, some which I purchased for myself, others I’ve read for reviews, especially ones I’ve read for Dead Head. So picking just a select few is going to be hard. For this, I’m going to try and pick one for every month. And it won’t be ones just released in 2019 – it’ll be ones I read in 2019, instead. There might be some crossover with a previous post I did, but that was more books in general rather than specifically favourites, so we’ll see. And where I’ve done reviews for them, I’ll post the links here, too.

I’ll also include the other books I read that month, so you can see what, exactly, these favourites are being compared to.

January

city of ghostsCity of Ghosts – Victoria Schwab

This was my introduction to an absolutely amazing author, and soon after reading this I devoured the Shades of Magic series. I also have The Near Witch, and the first Steel Prince graphic novel. Basically, I’m slowly building up my collection. And City of Ghosts is an absolutely fantastic book, with some truly creepy moments and wonderful characters.

Also Read This Month: The Haunting of Hill House, And What Is Hell?, Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Gods & Monsters

February

hexHex – Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Spoiler-Free Review / Review With Spoilers

This book still haunts me. An absolutely fantastic horror novel, with an interesting premise and a really creepy execution. The contrast between the young and older generations works really well, as does the uncertainty around the witch who haunts this town. This book completely deserves some sort of adaptation.

Also Read This Month: Bird Box, Star Wars: Tales of the Bounty Hunters

March

the wicked king

The Wicked King – Holly Black

Picking one book for March was really difficult, as this was the month where I read The Wicked King AND two of the Shades of Magic books, with the third started in March and finished in April. It was also the month where I got to meet Victoria Schwab herself, and walked away with my first ever signed books and this is supposed to be about The Wicked King, isn’t it? The second in the Folk of the Air trilogy, The Wicked King bridges the gap between The Cruel Prince and The Queen of Nothing. I adored all three, and remembering The Wicked King reminds me of all the twists and turns involved, especially in this one. If you haven’t checked out the series yet, it’s a good time to do so, with all three now out in the world.

Also Read This Month: A Darker Shade of Magic, Mirror Mirror, A Gathering of Shadows

April

on the come upOn The Come Up – Angie Thomas

My Review

This was another fantastic month for reading, and included The Near Witch, but On The Come Up definitely deserves a mention. This and Thomas’ debut, The Hate U Give, are both fantastic, powerful books with strong characters at their core. Brilliantly written, highly engaging, if you haven’t checked out these YA novels yet, you really should. I’m still hoping for an On The Come Up film, eventually.

Also Read This Month: A Conjuring of Light, Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, The Fever King, The Near Witch

May

the doll factoryThe Doll Factory – Elizabeth Macneal

My Review

Another signed book! This is Macneal’s debut novel, and it is haunting, beautiful, enchanting and eerie. A tale of a young woman in Victorian Era London, who falls in with a group of painters. I attended a short talk by Elizabeth Macneal and picked up my copy of the book there, and I cannot recommend it enough. The praise for this is all very well deserved, and I eagerly await her second novel.

Also Read This Month: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School,The Queen of the Tearling, Hag-Seed

June

wicker kingThe Wicker King – K. Ancrum

My Review

I absolutely devoured this book, and read it within 24 hours. This is a really engrossing book, told in a unique way, and one that has you questioning the characters and events at every point. The twists and turns are fantastic, and it completely had me hooked from the very first page.

Also Read This Month: Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery, Suspicious Minds

And that is part one! I’ll try to get part two up as soon as I can. What about you? Any particular favourites from this year, or have you read any of the ones I particularly enjoyed?