My Book of the Year for 2019 is…

one of the following.

Book of the Year 2019 long list

I long list nearly all of those I’ve given five stars on Goodreads during the year. So those are (links to my reviews here):

That’s 21 out of 58. It’s a couple more than my average.  I think the number of excellent Netgalley offerings helped that.

This year I’m going to award some genre prizes, since I have a lot of scifi/fantasy/speculative fiction to pick from, and lots of 5 star mg and non-fiction reads, which is unusual.

Best Speculative Fiction (inc. scifi and fantasy)

Really difficult choice between The Unwinding: Gin’s Story, The Scorpio Races and Record of a Spaceborn Few…..

and the winner is:

The Scorpio Races

'a wild story, full of harsh island life, and legends, and twists and turns. It’s compelling, engrossing, and makes you wonder why nobody’s told you about this book before' THE SCORPIO RACES - my Book of 2019 #awards Share on X

Best MG/Teen

The winner is:

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

'I really enjoyed the danger that they walked inexorably into. This is a cracking good story, full of things to exercise your imagination.' DEEPLIGHT - my Book of 2019 (MG/teen) #awards #deeplight Share on X


Best non-fiction

The winner is:

Kill the black one first - a memoir

'Sensitively and powerfully written, and thought-provoking from start to finish. This is a brilliant book.' 'KILL THE BLACK ONE FIRST' - my Book of the Year 2019 #biography #awards #killtheblackonefirst Share on X

Book of the year 2019

even more difficult choice between The Scorpio Races, Record of a Spaceborn Few, The Stone Circle, Ashes of London, My Sister’s Bones and Deeplight

and the winner is:

oh, heck… I really can’t decide.  Pick any of them, they’re brilliant.

Can you choose my Book of 2019 from The Scorpio Races, Record of a Spaceborn Few, The Stone Circle, Ashes of London, My Sister's Bones, and Deeplight? I can't! #awards #5star #books Share on X

Watch out for the Book of 2019 Giveaway Hop starting on 15th January!

Book of the Year 2019 – the long list!
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4 thoughts on “Book of the Year 2019 – the long list!

  • 4 January, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    What a great reference for the next time I don’t know what to read (now, if I can just remember about it in a year or two when I get through the stuff I have queued up…).

    I am deeply honored to be in such good company!

  • 4 January, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks, Jemima – I might read the Stone Circle.

  • 5 January, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    I think it is high time I pick up Deeplight! Hope you find it even more difficult to make a choice next year 🙂

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