Depending upon how you read my blog, it's been possible to track my Best Reads of 2019 by clicking on a ribbon on my sidebar. You can see the ribbon to your left. If you read my blog on your phone, it may not be all that easy to find that ribbon, and since it's time for my year-end reading statistics posts, it never hurts to list them again. After all, they're books I loved, right?
I had eighteen "Best Reads" in 2019, which is a bit lower than usual-- probably because I read fewer books last year. (Funny how logic works, isn't it?)
I'm going to list them all in chronological order, and if you click on the title, you will be taken to my review of that particular book. Were there stand-outs on the list? Yes, there were, and I'll list those, too. Speaking of lists, I'd better get to work!
~~~Best Reads of 2019~~~
Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Desert Redemption by Betty Webb
The Widows by Jess Montgomery
The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey
The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths
Breaking Creed by Alex Kava
Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets
Salt Lane by William Shaw
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
Word to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay
First Degree by David Rosenfelt
The Institute by Stephen King
Picture Miss Seeton by Heron Carvic
Wrecked by Joe Ide
The Case of the Reincarnated Client by Tarquin Hall
Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless
Of the eighteen authors on my Best Reads of 2019 list, I've had the pleasure of meeting eleven of them, and that means a huge THANK YOU! to my favorite independent bookstore, The Poisoned Pen.
I also noticed that the list is fairly evenly split between male and female writers. Here's a look at the entire list...
Now you're probably wondering what the standout books were on this list. This is something I don't particularly enjoy doing because all these books are wonderful, but when I told you my standouts last year, I got a lot of feedback, so I bow to your wishes, dear readers.
In 2019, the standouts on my Best Reads list were:
All three were read early in the year, so you know they're good when your eyes light up at the sight of their covers almost an entire year later. The setting and the story of The Lost Man really captured my imagination. Betty Webb's Desert Redemption was a hugely satisfying ending to one of my favorite series, and Jess Montgomery's The Widows was a perfect evocation of a time and place with rock-solid, memorable characters. In many ways, it reminded me of my grandparents and great-grandparents: attitudes, language, living in a mining town...
Which books were your favorites last year? Inquiring minds would love to know.
I can't wait to see what books I'll add to my Best Reads of 2020 list!