Bookish Discoveries of 2019

For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt I decided to go with new authors I discovered in 2019. This list is all the authors that I read from for the first time and I loved them enough to want to continue to pick up either their back-list or any books they may publish in the future!

1Now one of my all-time favourite fantasy authors!

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2The Seven Realms is now one of my all-time favourite fantasy series ever!

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Picture3Chilling and atmospheric, I need to dip into more of her back-list titles!

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Picture4for some reason all her books intimidated me but I definitely need to read them all!

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Picture5I am in the middle of the Falling Kingdoms series and I am highly impressed

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Picture6I binged the first two books in The Shadow Game trilogy!

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Picture7her books are diverse, realistic and highly engaging!

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Picture8I’ve been impressed with the representation of culture and mental health she includes in her romances!

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Picture9I’ve only read one of her books and I need to rectify that situation very soon!

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Picture10super fun romances full of diverse characters

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Favourite Books of 2019

These are my favourite books that I read this year. I realise not all of them were released in 2019 but it was when I read them all and I absolutely LOVED each and every one of these books.

So in no particular order these are my Top 10 Favourite Books of the Year:

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

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The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

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Quarterly Reading Recommendation

This is my fourth and final instalment of my quarterly reading recommendations for 2019. Every 3 months I have been looking over all the books I’ve read in that time and picking out my top 10 favourites. Since its now the end of the year I will going through all four of these lists and picking out my overall top 10 favourite books of the year which I will be posting next week!

So in no particular order my reading recommendations for October – November – December are:

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

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My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

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You by Caroline Kepnes

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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Dispel Illusion by Mark Lawrence

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Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

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Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

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Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

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10 Popular Mystery/Thriller Books I Haven’t Read

I’ve slowly been dipping my toes into the Mystery/Thriller/Horror/Spooky genre over the last year but I am far from caught up with a lot of cult favorites! So when I seen this week’s prompt for Top 10 Tuesday I thought this was a perfect opportunity to list the top 10 most popular books in these genres that I haven’t read and I can make my way through the list and maybe this time next year I will have completed them all!

The Shining, IT & Pet Sematary by Stephen King

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

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You by Caroline Kepnes

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

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Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

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The Turn of the Key Review

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The Turn of the Key follows the story of Rowan who is a nanny. When she comes across an advert for a live in nanny position it looks too good to pass up.

I like the format of the book, the use of the letters at the start to kind of establish all of the details and then backtracking to find out how Rowan came to be in this situation. There was quite a short time frame that the book focuses in on which I appreciate. I think the whole story was over the course of a week, which really enabled the plot to go into the minute details of all the events that take place! 

I really enjoyed Rowan’s character. She was definitely self-aware and wasn’t at all arrogant or above anyone else, I found her to be super relatable and I could find myself really connecting with her and all the events that happen at Heatherbrae. I thought she wasn’t the most likable of characters and I think that endeared her to me even more.  I like the fact that she swore and but some of the thoughts she had in regards to the girls were a little off-putting and didn’t really enable me to trust her completely as a character. Especially when she was supposedly this highly regarded nanny and childcare worker, so I kind of picked up on that and it made me a little wary of her.

Ruth Ware really has a way of creating this completely chilling and creepy ambiance out of a perfectly normal scenario. The atmosphere was a little off kilter from the start and I liked how the technology was incorporated as a way to make Rowan a little more paranoid. The way that Ruth weaves the story definitely had me on the edge of my seat and really had me concentrating on what was happening and when in order to figure out how everything goes down.

The only qualm I had was that the ending felt a little rushed to me. We had this whole, long drawn out, build-up of suspense and in the end Rowan was really just stumbling around while the events took place. I get that she didn’t really know what happened from the start but we are really just told and not shown what actually took place. It was still a great twist and I didn’t see it coming at all, I just thought it would have been explained a little more in detail.

Still a fantastic, nail-biter of a psychological thriller and I will definitely be checking out a few more of Ruth Ware’s backlist titles in the near future!

⭐️4.5/5 stars Dark, unsettling, spooky!