I used to be an avid reader. I’d learned to read before I even started school and I quickly made my way through all the children’s books. As I grew up, I migrated to teen romances before borrowing my mum and aunt’s chick lit novels. Once I joined sixth form however, reading fell my the wayside as alcohol and nights out came to the forefront of my life. But now I’ve embarked on my quest to become a millionare novelist, I’ve started reading again and fallen back in love with it. So for all the keen readers amongst my following, in no particular order, here are my favourite books I read in 2019.
Please note: This list includes both fiction and self help-y stuff. And it’s in the order of which I read them, rather than starting with the best!
Craft by Gabriella Herstik
I got this book for Christmas last year; it’s basically a guide to all things witchcraft. Don’t laugh- it’s not like it is in Harry Potter- it’s more about getting back in touch with nature, enriching your life and divination. It’s a good all-round introduction for beginners, and while some of it is a bit more “out there”, some of it is more applicable to everyone (tarot, cycles of the moon etc.)
Killer Affair by Rebecca Chance
In this novel, struggling blogger Caroline is offered the opportunity to ghostwrite the autobiography for reality TV star Lexy O’Brian, but drama ensues when she takes a liking to Lexy’s long-suffering husband, Frank. A thrilling tale of celebrity glamour, revenge, and the occasional NSFW scene.
The Surrendered Single, by Laura Doyle
I was recommended this book by someone from the “trad” Twitter arena. It’s basically an all-round guide to dating, that is said to have helped 3 of her friends get engaged within 6 months. I’ve done a full review of the book here. While nothing is guaranteed, I think there is definitely advice in there worth reading.
The Soulmate Secret by Arielle Ford
This book is THE bible to using the Law of Attraction to manifest your soulmate. Not just writing a list of your ideal partners’ attributes throwing it into the fire, this book outlines all the steps you need to take to manifest love. It goes into how people can put subconscious blocks in the way of finding love, and how our internal patterns based on experiences can affect who we attract into our loves. If you feel like you’ve tried everything in dating and nothing has worked, this could be the book for you.
If Only, by Melanie Murphy
The first fiction novel my YouTuber Melanie Murphy, this book does not disappoint. For her thirtieth birthday, dissatisfied coffee shop barista Erin is given a necklace by her grandmother that allows her to live a day in her life if she had made a different decision further back in her life. Should she have married Dan, or taken that media internship? Well-written with relatable characters, this is the kind of novel I wish I had written.
Maybe This Time, by Jill Mansell
Probably my all-time favourite chick-lit author, despite the volume of books written by Jill Mansell, the quality appears to be getting even better. In this novel, after her boyfriend cheats on her with her best friend, Mimi gives up the London life to move to tiny village Goosebrook. Sparks are flying with hot DILF Cal, but timing always seems to get in the way of romance blossoming.
Tainted Jewel, by SM Hope
I like my novels light and frothy and prefer to avoid anything that might give me nightmares, but this book is written by long-time Twitter mutual Everybody’s Mate, so I had to give it a whirl. Kate is just 10 years old when she meets Mike Taylor, who uses her ability to unpick bike locks to help his various “friends” free their bikes. Over time, she gets sucked into a criminal underworld and her feelings for Mike morph from fatherly to something deeper. This novel is dark, compelling, and has you hooked from page 1.
You Can Heal You Life, by Louise Hay
Based in the Law of Attraction, this book is great for anyone looking to get out of a rut. Whether you keep ending up in bad relationships, or can’t seem to make any money, Louise looks at how your thought patterns based on early life experiences influence your outer world, and how to change those. Some of it is a bit “out there” (she says that every disease starts in the mind, including AIDS), but I think there is definitely something in it.
What good books did you read in 2019? Let me know in the comments!