Best of 2019 and the Year in Review
It’s once again that time of the year where I look back at the last twelve months and round up my favorite reads! As always, my methods are going to be rather haphazard, but as you know I read a TON of books and having to narrow it down to just “Top 10” or even “Top 20” is a difficult (if not impossible) task. That’s why I’ve opted not to do a traditional list, and instead I’m going to be breaking this post down into different genres/categories to highlight all the books that 1) were my favorites of the year, 2) I thought were most memorable, or 3) I think should be getting more love and attention. The one thing they have in common is that I loved them all.
You can see my reviews and more information about the books by clicking on the images and following the links.
Fantasy is usually the biggest genre category each year in my lists, so what happened? Well, reading too many good fantasy books in 2019 was precisely my predicament here; if I listed all the ones I loved we’d be here forever, so I’m only listing the cream of the crop, the best of the best, and these were the books that made my very demanding threshold: The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky, The Witch’s Kind by Louisa Morgan, The Philosopher’s War by Tom Miller, A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie, Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence, The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
2019 was also solid year for science fiction, with Recursion by Blake Crouch, Three Laws Lethal by David Walton, Do You Dream of Terra-Two by Temi Oh, Aftershocks by Marko Kloos, Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Tiamat’s Wrath by James S.A. Corey topping the list.
But wait, there’s more! This year The BiblioSanctum once again participated in the month-long Sci-Fi November event, so if you’re interested in seeing a more detailed list of all my favorite sci-fi reads this year, be sure to check out the Top Ten post I put together for the wrap up!
I had thought 2019 was a lighter year for horror, but in reality it appears I had enjoyed some very strong reads. It just wasn’t as obvious because most of these are genre mash-ups, and a couple of these aren’t even what we’d typically consider as horror but this is probably the most appropriate category for them anyway: The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell, The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher, The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell, Little Darlings by Melanie Golding, Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton, The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson
Looks like I really need to up my Urban Fantasy game! I just didn’t read as much of the genre this year, though most of what I did read was amazing, including Wild Country by Anne Bishop, Titanshade by Dan Stout, and Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
A real good showing for YA fantasy, science fiction, and horror this year! Here’s some of what I really enjoyed: The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan by Sherry Thomas, Starsight by Brandon Sanderson, Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell, Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa, Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Overview: Books Read in 2019
We still have a few more days left in the year so these numbers aren’t going to be final, but the below charts and statistics taken from Goodreads should provide a good general overview of my 2019 in books. I doubt I’ll break 200 books like in previous years, since I started a new gig earlier this spring which ate into my reading time. Still, I think I managed some good numbers overall. Thank you, audiobooks!
On My Shelves…
By a Male Author: 40.5%
By a Female Author: 58.5%
Unknown/Male & Female Co-Authored: 1.0%
For Review: 95.2%
Genres (some crossover):
Science Fiction: 27.9%
Urban Fantasy and Paranormal: 10.5%
Children’s and Young Adult: 23.2%
More on The BiblioSanctum:
Mogsy: Best of 2014 and The Year in Review
Mogsy: Best of 2015 and The Year in Review
Mogsy: Best of 2016 and The Year in Review
Mogsy: Best of 2017 and The Year in Review
Mogsy: Best of 2018 and The Year in Review