This week marks the 1st birthday of my blog and I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported and followed me throughout the last 12 months, I hope to bring you plenty more reviews next year. To say thanks I am doing a giveaway which I’ll write more about after I let you know what my top reads were for this year, It was a tough choice and I changed my mind about the books and the amount of books I was going to list quite a few times. But here are my final choices in no order whatsoever. As with my books of the decade, they had to be books that have stayed with me all year and that required no prompting for remembering.
The True Story of Maddie Bright by Mary-Rose MacColl was a book that evoked many emotions at the time of reading.
The Lost Boy by Rachael Wright was another book that packed an emotional punch.
Sunshine by Kim Kelly, this is a novel I have read twice this year as well as listening to the audio book.
Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry was yet another emotional read (I’m beginning to sense a theme here as I start putting these onto the page)
Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard was a very emotional read that everyone should read.
A Lifetime of Impossible Days by Tabitha Bird is probably the most emotional book I have read this year, this one had me crying for a third of the book, but it was an incredible story.
Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin was a book that had me looking at my dreams for my life.
Daughter of the Sky by Michelle Diener was the first book I read in 2019 and a great historical romance in an unusual setting.
Ridgeview Station by Michael Trant was one of a handful of books I read by male authors this year and was a fabulous read.
In a Great Southern Land by Mary-Anne O’Connor was another emotional read.
Under the Midnight Sky by Anna Romer was a book I enjoyed so much I bought it for my mum for her birthday.
The Scream Behind Her Smile by Athena Daniels was brilliant.
Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee was a confronting look at sexual assalt and our legal system.
Lastly, I’ve listened to a lot of audiobooks this year due to a lot of driving and some of these have been great, some just good and some not so good. The narrator makes all the difference to how well a book comes across. I’ve listened to several novels that friends have loved, but as an audiobook, they just haven’t had that impact for me. Here are a couple that stood out for me this year, if you enjoy your audiobooks you may want to check them out.
This Red Earth by Kim Kelly – My Review
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – My review
The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein – My review
The Locksmith’s Daughter by Karen Brooks
I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these (or not) or are inspired to pick one of them up.
For my blog’s birthday I’m giving two people the opportuntiy to win a kindle copy of their choice from my top reads this year (open internationally). Or a paperback copy of Sunshine by Kim Kelly (open internationally) or a paperback copy of Ridgeview Station by Michale Trant (Australia only). To be in for a chance to win please leave a comment on this blog or my Facebook page. You need to be following my blog of to have liked my FB page to enter (or both).