The Golden End of Year Awards | My Favourite Books of 2019
I’ve been seeing videos and blog posts everywhere where fellow bookworms tell us what their favourite books of the year were, and finally, on the last day of 2019 – I’m proud to showcase mine. And as always, to add some dramatic flair, I’ve brought back my Golden Awards to keep things short and sweet.
Here are my 2019 favourites:
Best YA Fantasy
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
This is a recent read that I absolutely loved, had great comedy, romance and plenty of action to go around. Overall so happy that this book lived up to the hype and that I enjoyed it so much.
Best YA Contemporary
The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim
You’d be silly not to know that this is one of my absolute favourite reads of the year because I feel like I never shut up about it. It’s beautiful, diverse and so well written – all-round beauty!
I also read so many amazing contemporaries this year, it was definitely the year of YA contemporaries for me that I have quite a few honourable mentions of amazing reads I really enjoyed.
Best YA Sci-Fi
Oasis by Katya de Becerra
While some might think I’m biased since I’m friends with Katya, I can say that her second novel Oasis is even better than her first and was such a ride. It gripped me wholeheartedly and the ending made me want to reread it. It’s just an amazing sci-fi that I hope way more people read soon.
Best YA Mystery/Thriller
Sadie by Courtney Summers
I read this on audiobook and it was the best decision I had ever made. An amazing novel but even better with the full cast of narrators involved. This was a great thriller; engaging and full of depth, highly recommended.
Best YA Comic Or Graphic Novel
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
I literally just read this yesterday and based on all the graphic novels I read this year, it definitely topped it off well. It was such a cute story, I absolutely adored the art style and it was just so freaking cute.
Best Adult Fiction
The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts
I honestly feel like I haven’t shut up about this book this year. I have seen it nowhere on social media and it is such an amazing mystery/thriller that I absolutely loved. It had me crying and yelling and it’s just so good. So, of course, it won my best adult fiction for my mid-year and end of year awards.
Best Adult Sci-Fi Fantasy
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Another that I loved at the start of the year, that was totally worth the hype online. A beautiful book inside and out and I really hope we get more stories from this world in the future.
Best Adult Romance
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
This book was and really shouldn’t have been such a surprise. I randomly picked it up at the library based on a recommendation online and having previously read Autoboyography (which I enjoyed). This book was just the exact recipe for romance novels that I look for and was wholesome and enjoyable. Looking to buy my own copy soon for a reread.
Best Debut Novel
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
A new category I created just to give this book a shoutout – another standout YA novel that happened to be an amazing diverse debut by Elizabeth Lim. It made me want to sew again and was definitely a lot of fun.
And that is it for my 2019 favourite books! What did you think of the award winners? Were any in your favourites too?
Until next year 😉