2019 Reading Challenge


My 2019 Reading List

Reading is one of the pleasures of life, so if you’re like me and love a good book then read on to see what I managed to read during the year!

I am also part of a book club where we have a set book to read and we meet to discuss it each month. With all my travels this year I haven’t managed to read too many of them or make many of our get togethers. I promise to do better next year!

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You may have noticed that I have included links to Goodreads on each of these titles, so if you want more information on what the book is about, click the title and away you go! I read a wide range….don’t judge me 🙂

Please note I’ve also bolded all of my 5* star ratings – I’m fairly strict with what I give 5 stars to, so you can be assured that these are my favourites for the year.

My Goodreads Challenge 2019

At the beginning of 2019 I set myself the challenge of reading 55 books for the year. Let’s see how many I get up to! I don’t set any rules or follow any plans, I just read what I feel like, what friends have recommended and what takes my eye. I rarely start a book and not finish it but it does happen sometimes.!

At the time of writing this update, in late December 2019, I’m up to 105 books, with 2 more on the go – I’m chuffed to bits with my efforts this year. The best news is that I’ve discovered some new authors like Terry Tyler. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her apocalyptic world.

January 2019

1. Tower of Dawn – Sarah J Maas 4*
2. What Happened to us – Faith Hogan 3*
3. The Mummy Bloggers – Holly Wainwright 3*
4. The Girl in the Corner – Amanda Prowse 4*
5. Murder on the Oxford Canal – Faith Martin 3*
6. What Have I done? – Amanda Prowse 4*
7. Murder of the Bride – Faith Martin 4*
8.Murder in the Village – Faith Martin 4*
9. Pastures of the Blue Crane – HF Brinsmead 4*

February 2019

10. The Midnight Dress – Karen Foxlee 4*
11. Murder in the Family – Faith Martin 4*
12. Wish you were here – Joanne Tracey 4*
13. Second Chance Sister – Sue Horner 2*
14. Call me Evie – J P Pomare 5*
15. The Christmas Cafe – Amanda Prowse 4*
16. My Husband’s Wives – Faith Hogan 4*
17. How to fall in love again – Amanda Prowse 4*
18. Murder at Home – Faith Martin 4*

March 2019

19. Will you remember me? Amanda Prowse 4*
20. The Golden Age – Joan London 4*
21. Educated – Tara Westover 4*
22. The Orchardist’s Daughter – Karen Viggers 5*

April 2019

23. The Love that I have – James Moloney 4*
24. Understanding – Stevie Turner 5*
25. More Glimpses – Hugh Roberts 5*
26. Scrublands – Chris Hammer 4*

Reading a good book

27. When the Doves Disappeared – Sofi Oksanen 2*
28. Murder in the Meadow –  Faith Martin 3*
29. Murder in the Garden – Faith Martin 4*
30. Murder by Fire – Faith Martin 4*

May 2019

31. Fool’s Gold – PJ Skinner 3*
32. Murder at Work – Faith Martin 4*
33. Desolation Bluff– Toni Pike 5*
34. The Killing Type – Jane Corry 4*
35. Murder Never Retires – Faith Martin 4*
36. Murder Never Misses- Faith Martin 4*
37. Murder of a Lover – Faith Martin 4*
38. Murder at Midnight– Faith Martin 4*
39. Three and a half heartbeats – Amanda Prowse 4*

Reading books
Reading books

40. Hillary’s Final Case – Faith Martin 4*
41. Perfect Daughter – Amanda Prowse 4*
42. Rather his own man – Geoffrey Robertson 3*
43. The Crow Trap – Ann Cleeves 4*
44. The Nowhere Child– Christian White 4*
45. The Telling tales – Ann Cleeves 4*

June 2019

46. The Mother- in-Law – Sally Hepworth 5*
47. Hazel: My Mother’s Story– Sue Pieters-Hawke 2*
48. The Family Next Door – Sally Hepworth 4*
49. Red Leaves – Paullina Simons 4*
50.The Girl in Times Square – Paullina Simons 4*
51. Road to Paradise– Paullina Simons 1*
52. The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides 4*
53. Hope – Terry Tyler 5*

July 2019

54. Tipping Point – Terry Tyler 5*
55. Lindisfarne – Terry Tyler 5*
56. UK2 – Terry Tyler 5*
57. Life in a Conversation – Geoff Le Pard 4*
58. Legacy – Terry Tyler 5*
59. Patient Zero – Terry Tyler 4*
60. Dream On – Terry Tyler 4*
61. City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert 2*
62. Full Circle – Terry Tyler 4*

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63. The Birthday Mystery – Faith Martin 4*
64. The Art of Hiding – Amanda Prowse 4*
65. The Winter Mystery – Faith Martin 4*
66. Six Minutes – Petronella McGovern 5*

August 2019

67. What it takes – Terry Tyler 4*
68. The Riverboat Mystery – Faith Martin 4*
69. The Castle Mystery – Faith Martin 4*
70. Nobody’s Fault – Terry Tyler 3*
71. The Teatime Mystery – Faith Martin 4*
72. The Elegance of a Hedgehog– Muriel Barbery 3*
73. Retirement Transition – Patricia West Doyle 5*
74. Secrets of Whitewater Creek – Sarah Barrie 3*
75. The Oxford Mystery – Joy Cato/Faith Martin 3*

September 2019

76. Ghost ChildCaroline Overington 4*
77. The Country Inn Mystery – Faith Martin 4*
78. Aunt Dimity’s Death – Nancy Atherton 4*
79. The Grass Castle Karen Viggers 4*
80. The Devil you Know – Terry Tyler 4*
81. Caroline Overington 2 in 1 – 4*
82. Deep time Dreaming – Billy Griffiths 3*
83. I came to say goodbye – Caroline Overington 4*
84. The things I know – Amanda Prowse 4*

85. Yesterday’s Gone – Sean Platt – did not finish 1*

October 2019

86. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens 5*
87. Gravity is the thing – Jaclyn Moriarty 3*
88. The Stone Angel – Margaret Laurence 4*
89. After the Party Cassie Hamer 4*
90. 488 Rules for Life – Kitty Flanagan 4*
91. A Little Love – Amanda Prowse 4*
92. Maternal Instinct – Rebecca Bowyer 4*
93. The Vicarage Murder (Monica Noble #1) – Faith Martin 3*
94. George Clooney’s Haircut and Other Cries for Help – Richard Glover 4*

November 2019

95. Challenge Accepted – Celeste Barber 4*
96. The Flower Show Murder (Monica Noble #2) – Faith Martin 4*
97. The Tea Chest – Josephine Moon 4*
98. The Art of Growing Up – John Marsden 3*
99. I looked away – Jane Corry 5*
100. The one who got away – Caroline Overington 4*
101. The Lucky One – Caroline Overington 4*
102. No More Mulberries – Mary Smith 4*

December 2019

103. Another Love (No Greater Stength #3) – Amanda Prowse 3*
104. Blackthorn – Terry Tyler 5*
105. Daughter of the Murray – Darry Fraser 3*
106. Aunt Dimity and the Duke – Nancy Atherton (currently reading)
107. The Testaments – Margaret Atwood (currently reading)
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You can find my lists for 201820172016 and my 2014/2015 books by clicking on the links.

My wrap-up post featuring my Top 5 Books from 2018 is here:

My Top 5 Favourite books for 2018 with a surprise twist

And this one is a recent post about the Best Book I’ve ever read.

I’d love to hear what you’re reading too. And any recommendations are always welcome 🙂

Deb xx


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