In December 2018, I blogged about the sixteen books I’d read or dipped into during that year in My Year of Books. I’m a bedtime reader and often doze off with a book on my nose. And this is why I’m happy to report there were another sixteen fiction and nonfiction titles in my bedside books for 2019.
In the 2018 post, I listed all the books I’d read with extracts from reviews I’d published on the Tall And True website or comments I’d shared about them on social media. I’m going to do similar this year, but only for my five favourites from 2019. It wasn’t easy to narrow down the list to five, but hopefully, this will give me more time for writing and reading.
Note: One of the titles below is missing from my 2019 bedside books photo because I’ve loaned it to a friend.
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All That I Am by Anna Funder
Beneath the Willow by Michael J Murphy
Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton
Stasiland by Anna Funder
Is there a number one among my favourites for 2019? Well, yes, but it’s from outside the five listed above. And it’s a favourite not because of the book itself (although I loved reading it), but for its inscription:
The Beatles 1962-1969 From Liverpool to Abbey Road by Ernesto Assante
Books bring so much joy to my life. I love reading and reviewing them, I love giving them as gifts, and I love receiving them, especially when they come with a message of thanks.
One month into the new year, my pile of unread bedside books is already growing. Perhaps I need to go to bed earlier, so I can stop dozing off mid-chapter and read more books in 2020?
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