I’m a little bit late in getting this post together seeing as we’re now well into July, but I promised a round-up post, and so a round-up post you shall receive!
As of mid-July, I’ve read 37 books in 2019. A little lower than I was aiming for, but I’ve had some stellar reads so I’m not too upset! And now, onto my top 5 – title links go to Goodreads, with links at the bottom to my reviews of all of these in case you missed them.
#5 – The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer
This is a book I really should have gotten to in 2018, but it stayed on my TBR until January. I’m sure had I read it in 2018, it would have made my top 10 for the year. I haven’t read a lot of flash fiction, and I was a little wary of not being able to connect with such short stories, but that was definitely not the case here. The writing is deft and oh so creepy, with not a bad story in the bunch!
Find my review here on the blog.
#4 – The Hunger by Alma Katsu
This book was the inaugural read for Grim Readers Book Club, and we were lucky enough to have the author agree to a Q&A with us! The book was excellent on its own, with an incredible mixture of historical facts and horrific fiction, but being able to discuss the author’s research and influences elevated it even higher on my list of favourites for 2019. (PS: I’ve left a link to the book club above if anyone wants to join in the spooky fun!)
My review is up here at Sci-Fi & Scary.
#3 – Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
This is one I was a little nervous about going into it, since domestic thrillers tend to be a bit hit or miss for me. But I’m so glad I gave it a shot, because this was so much more than your typical thriller! There’s folklore and uncertainty weaved into every page, and I was left guessing not just until the last page, but well after I’d finished reading.
My review for this one is here on the blog.
#2 – The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
This book spent literally over a decade on my shelves before I finally decided to pick it up in January. I have no idea why I put it off for so long, because this was a seriously incredible read! It’s bizarre and beautiful, and it’s definitely stuck with me.
My review can be found here at Sci-Fi & Scary.
#1 – The Homecoming by Andrew Pyper
Andrew Pyper is an auto-buy author for me, so I guess it isn’t too surprising that this one is still in my top spot halfway through the year! I bought it on release day and absolutely tore through it. 5 months later and I still find myself thinking about this book – always a sign of an excellent read!
You can find my 5 star review here on the blog.