All Books I Read in 2019 – Ranked from Best to Worst

Hi all 💕

Today I get to share with you a post that I have been wanting to do for a long time! I’m diving back into 2019 reading for a bit, and I’m going to be going through all of the 85 books I read in 2019, ranked from my favourite to my least favourite!

This post is going to be a massive, delicious list of books without any explanations, ratings or rantings! The list is mainly based on my enjoyment of each book, in comparison to everything else I read in 2019. If you are interested in getting more information and my full thoughts, take a peek at my other end of the year posts:

Best Books of 2019

Worst Books of 2019

You can also find a review of most of these books on my Goodreads page (I’d love to be your friend there too!).

Also keep your eyes peeled for these posts that are coming up soon:

  • 2019 Bookish Statistics
  • 20 for 2020: A year-long TBR & Reading challenges

I was lucky in 2019 and I mostly enjoyed the books that I read 😊 Even though something is lower on this scale doesn’t mean that I hated the book!

Let’s get into the list 🤩

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Top 10 of 2019: Best Books of 2019

Welcome to my Best & Worst of 2019 series! Although 2020 is in full swing now, I’ll traipse down the memory road to reflect on my 2019 reads throughout January and February!

Today I’m here to present 10 best books I read in 2019. The books may have been published whenever, but I happened to read them in 2019. I’ll start from #10 and move towards my top favourite 🤩

You’ll notice that my ratings of these books don’t perfectly correspond with their position in this list; a 4-star book may be ranked higher than a 5-star one. But that’s because I use different ranking scales for giving star-ratings and listing my favourites. Whereas I try to find a balanced star-rating between quality of the book and my enjoyment of it (see more here about my star-ratings), I decide my favourites mostly based on my enjoyment of the novel and how much I thought about the story since I finished reading it. It’s a funky mix of different ratings and rankings and stars and lists and and and

Ah let’s just get started, I can’t wait to show these books to you!

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ARC Review: The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G Drews

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The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G Drews

YA Contemporary

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347 pages

Published on the 7th of April

I received a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, the publisher and Netgalley! Receiving a free copy has not affected my opinions in any way.

Can two broken boys find their perfect home?

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie.

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.

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The Priory of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: Review & Aesthetic

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samatha Shannon

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Adult Fantasy

848 pages

Published on 26th Feb 2019

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction–but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

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Favourite Books of 2018: Top 10 with Stats

The year is coming to its end and it’s time to start combing through what I read in 2018! Today I’ll be listing my favourites of the year, and next I’ll add posts on my least favourites and a complete list of everything I read, ranked in order of preference. So stay on the lookout if you want to see those! 👀

Favourites first! This is a list of ten books that I want to read again and again and fall into their mysterious book-page-arms. I’ll swoon over them until the end of times.

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PPssst click on the title to visit the Goodreads page for each book

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All the books I read in November + Mini-reviews & Stats!

AAAh where did November go?? It just started right? I feel like I must have slipped into a coma on the 12th of November and just woken up. And all of a sudden it’s cold and dark outside and I’m stressing over exams, PhD applications and Christmas presents. EEk.

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Dear lord I can see frost, send help

Although November is a complete blur, I still think that I read a good amount! I took part in two different readathons: the November-long Mythothon and Tome Topple which ran from the 16th to the 29th.

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ARC review: Not That Bad by Roxane Gay

Not That Bad: Dispatches from rape culture edited by Roxane Gay

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Trigger warning: Not That Bad is a short story collection about rape culture. Please make sure that you’re okay with reading about such difficult topics before you pick it up. Also, to review this book I’ll also talk about these things. I want my blog to be a safe space, so please don’t read this review if you feel like it will affect your mental health negatively. Lots of love!

Published on the 1st of May 2018

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Weekend Aesthetic: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G Drews

Weekend Aesthetic is a feature that I saw in The Heart of a Book Blogger’s blog and fell in love with! The idea is to make an aesthetic/mood board for a book that you have read or are currently reading. I’m hoping to do Weekend Aesthetics bi-weekly 😊

I love aesthetics because everyone makes them totally different when describing the same book! I think they are an excellent way of giving book recommendations, sometimes I just want to find a book that gives me a certain mood.

This week Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger featured a book called Now a Major Motion Picture in her Weekend Aesthetic, go check it out!

I decided to feature a book I read recently and absolutely loved. I’m talking about A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews (also known as Paperfury in her amazing bookblog, Instagram and Twitter). This book was unputdownable and made me into a big human mess. In a good way of course.

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Weekend Aesthetic: Strange the Dreamer

Yay today I have something brand new to share with you: A Weekend Aesthetic!

The wonderful Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger has been doing Weekend Aesthetics for some time now, and I have loved every single one of her posts. I had a go at doing an aesthetic board for a book when I reviewed State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury, and I fell in love with doing them!

Jordan said that she wouldn’t mind if I started doing Weekend Aesthetics as well, so here we are ☺️ See Jordan’s this week’s gorgeous Weekend Aesthetic here!

I’m hoping to do Weekend Aesthetics bi-weekly, and every aesthetic board will feature a book I’m currently reading or a book I have read previously. This week I made an aesthetic board of Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

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Review of Circe by Madeline Miller

Published in April 2018
A retelling of Greek mythology.
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Favourite quote:

Every step was perfect, like a gift she gave herself, and she smiled, receiving it. I wanted to seize her by the shoulders. Whatever you do, I wanted to say, do not be too happy. It will bring down fire on your head.

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Circe is the daughter of a great Titan called Helios who is equal to Zeus in his powers. Helios is the Sun. Circe spends her childhood surrounded by her parents’ and siblings’ unkind and cold remarks in Helios’ palace that is completely made of obsidian to reflect his bright fires. In general the Gods are pretty terrible; they trick and lie, destroy and make awful things in the name of jealousy, fame or simple boredom. The story is loyal to Greek mythology, and if you’re well versed in this area you’ll notice a lot of familiar stories. Nevertheless, Circe is kind to those who have very limited knowledge of the mythology and there is no need to revise before diving in this book. But if you’re a Greek mythology geek, you’re in for an awesome ride, Madeline Miller spins the mythology beautifully to weave an intricate and interesting story without distorting the myths.

I rarely run into books that I enjoy so thoroughly as I did enjoy Circe. I think the last book that moved my heart somewhere near as much was Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer which is my favourite book of all time. Circe is a beautiful story but what I enjoyed the most was Madeline Miller’s writing style. Her style is straight-forward and everything that is included in this novel is essential to it. But there is no bluntness to the forthright style. Miller’s writer is so athmospheric that even those readers who often find it difficult to become completely immersed into a novel could easily achieve it while reading Circe. And I don’t mean that as in simply enjoying the book, but I mean immersed as in that you are in the wild island of Aiaia with Circe as she walks the shores with her lion. Like the kind of hallucinative wonderfulness that book-addicts occassionally achieve with brilliant novels. Here is a brilliant novel.

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Many novels deal with families as a unit with a limited set of traits. The parents are like X and Z, the children are Y, G, and R. There is a crazy uncle and an annoying aunt. Circe, on the other hand, has actual complexity. The families are formed by individuals with complex feelings and pains. These heart-aches are not relieved by small things because they are not formed by small things, but caused by years of events that have piled up to make something huge. This is what makes the book so throughly interesting: when the problems are complex things there is no clear answer to how they should be solved.

At its deepest, I think of Circe as an exploration of fear and power.
Do you need to have power to have lived a life worth living?
And if others fear you, is that power?

This was how mortals found fame, I thought. Through practice and diligence, tending their skills like gardens until they glowed beneath the sun. But gods are born of ichor and nectar, their excellences already bursting from their fingertips. So they find fame by proving what they can mar: destroying cities, starting wars, breeding plagues and monsters. All that smoke and savour rising so delicately from our altars. It leaves only ash behind.

To the Gods in Greek mythology, fear seems to be their everything. They enjoy being feared and they go to lengths to make mortals fear them. They find fear thrilling when it happens to someone else, but an awful thing when it is found in their own set of feelings. In the Gods’ halls there is no such thing as kindness and forgiveness. But there is an individual with a drop of both of these qualities and very limited desire for fear and power. That’s Circe.

Circe turned out to be my favourite book of the year (so far) and I’m excited to see if anything I read in the remaining 6 months will best it. I highly recommend Circe, and not only for those who enjoy Greek mythology. I believe that most people would find Circe spectacular, so give it a go!

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Are you planning to read Circe? Or have you read it already? Share your thoughts as I would love to hear them 🙂

Thank you so much for reading!

– Pauliina