Today we’re talking all about the best books of 2019 so far…in my opinion. I’ve been reading a lot this year and have really been getting into audiobooks too. So here are my top three books of the year so far if you’re after a recommendation.
Well, I think this is hands down the best book I’ve read so far this year. I say read, I listened to the audio book. I’d been hearing good things about this book for a while so eventually I decided to give it a go.
It’s set in Ireland and follows the story of Connell and Marianne, from them leaving school and through university. They begin a relationship which leads to an unusual friendship. There are plenty of ups and downs along the way and it was gripping to follow. I found myself very emotionally invested in finding out what happened to the two of them and how their relationship developed as they got older. The book touches on topics including class, mental illness and an abuse of power.
If you’re not sure, I would highly recommend the audiobook, it’s one of the best narrations I’ve heard in a long time. I’ve heard that Sally Rooney’s writing style isn’t always to everybody’s taste as there are no speech marks and the prose flows between each characters point of view. However having a narrater distinguishing these two voices was really helpful. I know this book divides opinion, but personally I love it!
Okay, hear me out because I’m aware this book’s title doesn’t do much to draw the reader in. You might have seen the recent film adaption, but II didn’t see that until after I’d read it. This is another one I enjoyed through audible!
The book is compiled entirely of letters between Juliet, an author who lives in London, her friends and publishers and the residents of Guernsey. When Dawsey Adams reaches out to Juliet via letter, neither expects the response to be so meaningful. Set in 1946, a year after the end of WW2, Guernsey life is returning to normal after the German occupation. The book gives an interesting insight into life on the Channel Islands during the war, and Juliet is soon intrigued and decides to visit, with the interest of writing a book about it herself.
I won’t say too much more so I don’t spoil it, but it’s genuinely more interesting then it sounds and it is lovely to see the relationships between the characters develop through letter correspondence and then in person.
This one is a Greek myth retelling. Circe, a witch, is often present in Greek myth but is never the main protagonist. This look at her life highlights what it’s like to be immortal, but also female. Circe, even as a powerful goddess still faces discrimination based on her gender.
The timing and tempo of this novel are really interesting. Circe’s life seems to simultaneously drag on as she lives a life of solitude and exile, whilst also speeding by at a rate much quicker than that experienced by a human. Miller’s look at Circe’s life is really interesting. I would say this book is plot driven and it gives an insight into the fickle and often childish behaviour of the Greek deities. Maybe not one for everyone, but I’m a nerd for classical myths and this book was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of The Year, so I’d say it’s made myth accessible to all.
So there you have my short round up of the best books of 2019 so far. Obviously we still have quite a few months left to go but these are the books that have made an impact on me so far. Do you have any book recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below.