Last up on my Year’s End post spree, we have my list of favourites that came out in 2019. I actually managed to narrow down this list to ten. These are all books that came out this year and aren’t on yesterday’s list here. By release date it is:
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
I read a lot of Seanan McGuire, and this is definitely her best work yet. The story hit me even more than Rosemary and Rue did all those years ago when I first read it. It is alchemy, and messing with the lives of two kids (turned adults), and a mystery that has to be unraveled. I just loved this book.
Velocity Weapon by Meghan E. O’Keefe
A spaceship AI, a woman in the military who has awoken hundreds of years in the future after a battle that destroyed her home, and a brother who wants to find her again back in her original time. I LOVED this book. It was the twistiest and turniest of books. I can’t wait for more in the series.
The Nothing Within by Andy Giesler
The story of a blind young woman who sets out to find the truth that her village is unwilling to look out for surprised me in many ways. I was expecting to like this, but not nearly as much as I did. It is beautifully written and incredibly captivating.
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
The only one on this list that I didn’t review, and kind of wish I had. It is a contemporary romance featuring a baseball star that got the yips, can no longer pitch, and no one wants him anymore, and a woman who just got out of an awful marriage that is keeping a secret. I really loved this relationship and book.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
One of the stars of the year, I’ve seen this book again and again across favourites lists, I loved this beautifully written tale of a young girl finding out who she is and the world she lives in. This had everything I could want.
The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes
I knew from the instant I saw this book I had to read it, and oh my god I loved it so much. A stuffed triceratops PI who is trying to solve an impossible murder? Who cares about everyone he meets? Who struggles with trauma? This book is just so good, and so wholesomely heartbreaking. I just want to recommend it to everyone.
Angel Mage by Garth Nix
I hadn’t read Garth Nix in a long time before I picked this up, and I’m glad I did because I loved it. There is a curse plaguing people, and someone from when the plague started came back alive and is claiming to know the key to solving the problem. But what are they hiding? And what does it have to do with these four people? I loved watching this mystery unfold.
Million Miles Away by Alice Bane
This is a lot different than all the others on this list. It’s an alien romance where the main character finds they’re being taken aboard an alien vessel and falls in love with the alien. It’s really short, only about 48k words. And I loved it. I absolutely loved it. I want more of it. I’ll read everything in this series if it keeps being just as ridiculous as Million Miles Away was. I need more.
Starship Alchemon by Christopher Hinz
The way I think of Starship Alchemon always is that it is just like one of my favourite Doctor Who episodes. A small crew aboard a spaceship is sent out to investigate a mysterious energy reading, and comes back with a possible alien life form – that slowly starts to take over their ship and take their people. I loved this concept so much and now I’m on the lookout for more like it.
Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri
The only book two in a series on the list, Realm of Ash was spectacular. I loved Empire of Sand, but Realm of Ash was such an amazing follow up to the first, and a standalone in its own right. Featuring a widow who just wants to be useful and a bastard of a king who has been told it is his duty to do what he is told, even if it means he would be hurt in the process. Read Realm of Ash. Read Empire of Sand and then Realm of Ash. I don’t care, just read this book.
Weirdly, all of these books are from May onwards, and it isn’t just because I view books I read more recently more favourably. The rest of my favourites from the beginning of the year just happen to all be on the post that was released yesterday, or part of really long running series.