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):
- Sapo Saga by Tony Laplume (scifi)
- The A-Zs of Worldbuilding: Building Fictional Worlds from Scratch by Rebekah Loper (non-fic)
- The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths (crime)
- ‘Kill the Black One First’ by Michael Fuller (non-fic)
- Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer (non-fic)
- Galileo’s Theme Park ed. by Juliana Rew (scifi, anthology)
- Cosmic Colin: Hairy Hamster Horror by Tim Collins (scifi, mg)
- Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Torro (dark fantasy)
- The Unwinding: Gin’s Story by Juliana Rew (scifi)
- Oceans (Frontiers of Speculative Fiction) ed. by Jessica West (spec fiction, anthology)
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (fantasy)
- The Witches by Roald Dahl (mg)
- Witchbone Winter – the Goblin’s Tale by Alex Norton (fantasy, mg)
- Starry Night by Rhonda Parrish (scifi novella)
- Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor (historical suspense)
- Deeplight by Frances Hardinge (scifi, mg)
- Secrets of the Great Fire Tree by Justine Laismith (mg)
- The Earthkeepers by Shawn Underhill (fantasy, mg)
- Death by Library by Rebecca M Douglass (cosy mystery)
- My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood (suspense)
- Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers (scifi)
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:
'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 Click To Tweet
The winner is:
'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 Click To Tweet
The winner is:
'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 Click To Tweet
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 Click To Tweet
Watch out for the Book of 2019 Giveaway Hop starting on 15th January!
4 thoughts on “Book of the Year 2019 – the long list!”
Enjoyed this post.
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!
Thanks, Jemima – I might read the Stone Circle.
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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