Fictionophile’s Top 20 Reads of 2019 #GreatReads #BookRecommendations

This is, hands down, the most difficult post of the year to write. In 2019 I read 108 novels. Many of them were superb reads and it was VERY hard to narrow my favourites down to twenty titles. Here they are in no particular order – and not all of these were published in 2019.


Here are links to my reviews of my TOP TWENTY reads of 2019:

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
  2. The Whisper Man” by Alex North
  3. The Lies We Hide” by S.E. Lynes
  4. Breakers” by Doug Johnstone
  5. Deadland” by William Shaw
  6. Blood Orange” by Harriet Tyce
  7. The Woman at Number 19” by J.A. Baker
  8. The Scholar” by Dervla McTiernan
  9. The Secretary” by Renee Knight
  10. Scared to Breathe” by Kerena Swan
  11. The Woman in the Dark” by Vanessa Savage
  12. The Lying Room” by Nicci French
  13. The Nanny” by Gilly MacMillan
  14. Watching You” by Lisa Jewell
  15. The Lightkeeper” by Cole Moreton
  16. Her Sister’s Bones” by Geraldine Hogan
  17. Perfect Remains” by Helen Fields
  18. For Reasons Unknown” by Michael Wood
  19. The Peacock Summer” by Hannah Richell
  20. How Will I Know You?” by Jessica Treadway

And, of these 20 favourites, I managed to cull them down to FOUR of my very favourites:

Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fantastic DI Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons. I attempted to read one book in the series every month in 2019 for my #MarsonsOfTheMonth and can honestly say it is a stellar crime series. If you are a crime fiction aficionado, then you must read this series!

I’m currently reading #10 in the series, “Dead Memories” which will be my last read of 2019. What a way to end the year!

How was YOUR reading year?

Have you read any of my favourites?

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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30 Responses to Fictionophile’s Top 20 Reads of 2019 #GreatReads #BookRecommendations

  1. carhicks says:

    I have read some of these as well as having some on my TBR already. I will be checking out the others that are not already there, reading your reviews and probably adding more. I love these lists.

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  3. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins says:

    Ooooft! Narrowing over a hundred books down to a top 20 must have been TOUGH! Good on you, love this wrap up – you had such a great reading year! ❤️

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  5. gayebooklady says:

    Well, Lynne, we have often liked the same books and I have read nine of your Top 20: Where the Crawdads Sing, The Whisper Man, Blood Orange, The Woman At No. 19, The Secretary, The Woman In the Dark, Watching You, Perfect Remains, and Deadland. I also bought S. E. Lynes’ The Lies We Hide and I am ordering Doug Johnstone’s Breakers…..your review is making me…lol. I cannot imagine how difficult it was to narrow all the books you read down to just twenty…well done!!

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  6. Great wrap up! Well done on reading so many books 😀 Really curious about watching you and blood orange 🙂

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  7. parkermccoy says:

    I’m sure it is hard to narrow it down to twenty. I applaud your dedication and your bravery. Haha. Have a great 2020!!

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  8. Some fab books there Lynne, wishing you a fabulous 2020 🎉🥂🎉📚

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  9. Thanks for sharing your list of 2019 favourites!

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  10. Yes! Excellent post, and I, too, have struggled with the best of the year. Coming up on my challenges wrap-up for the year as well and I see two of your A Marsons that I read. I’ve seen a lot about the Whisper Man but can’t get past the cover. Hope your family had an excellent Christmas and will have a healthy 2020 with a capital H.

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  11. Compared to you, I’m an amateur. I read eleven books in 2019.

    Happy New Year, Lynne!

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  12. Oh, how I love that bookshelf! It reminds me of Shelfari🥰

    Great choices for your 20 titles and Crawdads is in my top 5, probably #1 or #2.

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  13. Amazing books, Lynne

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  14. Super excited to read The Whisper Man!! I’ve heard only amazing things about it 😍❤️✨

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  15. Carol says:

    This is a difficult post to write! I’m still wrangling my list!

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