The Best Books I Read in 2019

I didn’t reach my Goodreads Reading Challenge, nor did I have much time to enjoy YA fiction (too many uni papers to read through, the last thing I wanted to do after 8hrs of research was touch a book!). Consider this a short but sweet list of books I enjoyed in 2019, from least to most memorable.

Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens by Marieke Nijkamp

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Published: 18/9/18

Format: Library Hardback

Rating: 3/5 stars


Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood

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Published: 19/6/06

Format: Audiobook

Rating/Review: 3/5 stars – Moral Disorder


Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

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Published: 8/1/19

Format: Library Paperback

Rating/Review: 3/5 stars


Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Published: 7/5/19

Format: Library Paperback

Rating/Review: 3/5 stars – Aurora Rising


Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles #1)by Tamora Pierce

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Published: 6/2/18

Format: Library Paperback

Rating/Review: 4/5 stars – Tempests and Slaughter


Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

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Published: 16/10/18

Format: Audiobook

Rating/Review: 4/5 stars – Bridge of Clay


Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman


Published: 2/10/18

Format: Library Paperback

Review: 4.5/5 stars – Dry


Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

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Published: 7/5/19

Format: Audiobook

Rating/Review: 4.5/5 stars


The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2) by Maureen Johnson

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Published: 22/1/19

Format: Audiobook

Rating/Review: 5/5 stars


Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray


Published: 3/11/15

Format: Mixed (audiobook AND paperback)

Rating/Review: 5/5 stars – Ten Thousand Skies Above You


The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black (REREAD for the 3rd time)

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Published: 2/1/18

Format: Audiobook

Rating/Review: 5/5 stars – The Cruel Prince


The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

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Published: 29/1/19

Format: Audiobook

Rating/Review: 5/5 stars


Girls with Sharp Sticks (Girls with Sharp Sticks #1) by Suzanne Young

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Published: 19/3/19

Format: Library Paperback

Rating/Review: 5/5 stars – Girls with Sharp Sticks

The Dead Queens Club + Girls with Sharp Sticks were my absolute FAVOURITES from 2019! I highly recommend them to YA readers.

Please link your reviews to any of the mentioned books from my list in the comments below, I’d love to read your thoughts.

Author: Cal's Reading Corner

HSIE teacher from Sydney, Australia.

6 thoughts on “The Best Books I Read in 2019”

    1. Bridge of Clay was great, but it also drags– so beware! It was my first ever Zusack story so idk if it’s just his thing to write long books with regular descriptive chapters.

      Dry was a great and pressing premise of the world’s climate rn. Esp for Australia!!!


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