Happy penultimate day of Blogmas! Earlier this month, I posted my 2019 TBR list and it was a post that I really enjoyed writing, so to celebrate nearing the end of the year, I thought I’d have a chat about a couple of the best books I read this year. There were quite a few to choose from, but I definitely had three clear favourites, so those are the ones I wanted to talk about today, but if you want to know more about some of the other books I’ve read this year, there’s a highlight on my Instagram page (@hannahbethblogs) where you can find my thoughts about the books I read during August. That said, let’s jump straight in!
Wilde About the Girl – Louise Pentland
I’ve watched Louise’s videos for quite a long time and I read Wilde Like Me about a year ago, but I can quite confidently say that I enjoyed the sequel so much more. It felt faster paced, deeper, and just generally a more entertaining plot. Robin is such an easy character to gel with and I feel like I’m constantly rooting for her because she’s so relatable. The whole book just feels so genuine and believable and it’s really a refreshing read – I can’t wait for her to publish the next book next year!
Leave Me – Gayle Forman
Leave Me is about Maribeth Klein, a busy, working mother of two who leaves her family after suffering a stress-induced heart attack. I read this whilst I was on holiday in Italy back in October and, to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from it – I have read a couple of Gayle Forman’s books before, and I did enjoy them but I wasn’t blown away, but I actually found this one a bit of a page turner. I’m not entirely sure what it was I enjoyed about it – on paper, Maribeth appears to be a hard character to sympathise with, given that she’s walked out on her husband and two young children, but I really enjoyed seeing inside her brain and slowly coming to understand why she did what she did.
Small Great Things – Jodi Piccoult
Small Great Things follows Ruth, an experienced Midwife, who gets caught in the middle of a serious legal battle after the newborn baby of a White Supremacist dies whilst in her care. I’ve mentioned this book quite a few times on my blog, because it was the most powerful, eye-opening, beautifully written book I’ve ever read. It covers some very controversial themes, but does so in such a sensitive manner, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to you if you’re looking for a book to read in the New Year.
What were your top three books of this year? I’d love to know in the comments, and don’t forget to give this post a like if you’ve enjoyed it. I’m hoping to start featuring book-ish content next year as I’ve really enjoyed the couple of posts I’ve written this Blogmas – is that something you’d like to see? Speaking of Blogmas, there are only two posts left now, and less than a week until Christmas… can you believe it?! I’ll see you on Friday for the penultimate (?!?) festive upload!
Lots of love,
Hannah Beth x