Top 5 Favourite Books of 2019
(Somewhat in order)
I’m a bit late with this list, but oh well!
5. The Wicked King by Holly Black
If you’re looking for an addictive YA fantasy trilogy with fae and morally grey characters, this might be just the thing for you. Yeah yeah, if the romance took place in real life I’d probably call the police, but within the context of the story I flippin’ live for it. This might not be a literary masterpiece, but I’ve had such a fun time with this series and I’m definitely going to miss it.
“The Folk doubtlessly learned this lesson long ago. They do not need to deceive humans. Humans will deceive themselves.”
4. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
The third and final book in the phenomenally atmospheric Winternight Trilogy about a young woman trying to save the 14-th century Russia inspired fantasy world in which she lives. I can’t recommend this series enough, so if you haven’t picked it up already, definitely grab yourself a copy and get cozy this winter.
“Magic is forgetting the world was ever other than as you willed it.”
3. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
If you (like me) can’t get enough of the found family trope and on top of that feel like you need some space action in your life, pick up Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward series. I read both Skyward and Starsight, the sequel, this year, and I can’t stress this enough: they are fantastic.
“It turned out that strange little girls grow up to be strange young women.”
2. The Toll by Neal Shusterman
The conclusion to the Arc of a Scythe series which depicts a utopian(/dystopian) world where natural death has been essentially eradicated and the task of culling the population has been left in the hands of people called scythes.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again: Neal Shusterman is a genius and his books will make you feel all sorts of things. If you crave pain, please pick up this series.
“No one cared about a fail-safe until something failed.”
1. Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
At last! I’ve been waiting 3 years for this book, and it did not disappoint in the slightest. I mean, it contains the Lynch brothers (my favourite dysfunctional family), eerie dreaming, and Maggie’s amazing writing, so not liking it simply wasn’t a possibility for me. If you’ve read and loved The Raven Cycle, what are you waiting for?
“Dreams are not the safest thing to build a life on.”