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Best Books of 2019 Part 2: Jul – Dec

I’ve split my best books of the year into two so this is the second half to match my first half here, or if you want my year in very interesting book stats and the quick list they’ll be in my next post.

This is a TOP 11 list because I can’t ever seem to hit a round number 10, but just know its because these were all amazing 5 star reads. I would love to know if you’ve read any and what you thought in the comments, or if you are planning to read them. But onto the books…..

Links go to goodreads if you want to check them out yourself.

Literary Fiction

The Return of the Incredible Exploding Man by Dave Hutchinson

Literary scifi about a science journalist writing a piece about a new supercollider in a small town where things are a little odd

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Adult horror about killer mermaids and a fake docu-science expedition that gets stranded. Super gory and exciting with a diverse cast. 

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara

Adult literary fiction set in India about a nine year old boy who decides to be a detective and solve the case of missing children from his slum.

YA Contemporary

Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman

YA thriller about a gay teen who gets wrapped up in a case of mistaken identity and gay cyber terrorists after he wakes up in bed with a dead guy.

Break the Fall  by Jennifer Iacopelli

YA contemporary about the USA girls gymnastics team on their way to Tokyo 2020 when their coach gets arrested for sexual assault.


A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

YA scifi based on Indian myths, about a hidden princess who tries to reunite with her family and regain their throne, but family is complicated and gods play favourites.

Unarcana Stars by Glynn Stewart 

Sixth in the Adult Science Fantasy series Starship’s Mage, more point of view characters but just as action packed and awesome.

Exo by Fonda Lee

Heartbreaking and action packed YA Scifi about a teen soldier working for the aliens who rule Earth that gets trapped between his political father and the human rebellion.


Chainbreaker by Tara Sim

YA fantasy sequel about an alternate history where time is controlled by clocks and mechanics have to keep them working. This sequel is mostly set in India.

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Lower YA fantasy adventure set on islands with sea monster gods, diving and toxic friendship. Has lots of deaf rep with sign language commonly used.

Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze

Adult fantasy about an outlaw wizard who must team up with a thief to save his grandfather, includes necromancers, secret caverns, riddles and morally corrupt trickster gods.

So that’s it. My top 11 books of the second half of the year. What were yours?

2 thoughts on “Best Books of 2019 Part 2: Jul – Dec”

  1. This list looks great! I haven’t heard of a few of these and I think they’ll be added to my tbr. The covers are also all amazing. I love a good cover.

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    1. Covers are so important. I rarely click on books unless i like the covers. There are probably loads I’m missing out on because of it!
      I hope you find some you love.


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