All the books I read this year: Five word reviews

So 2019 is nearly upon us, and this year I'm prepared enough to present you with a list of all the books I read this year! Which isn't actually that many, it turns out, when you compare it to other book blogging people. I wish I could say that was because I'm just so busy, I don't have the time to read like all you lucky people (don't you hate that?) but If I'm honest I think I watch too much TV.

I thought I'd do some five word reviews, which turned out to be surprisingly difficult but also satisfying. As always, a lot of these are re-reads (denoted by the little star) and I also hadn't realised that I read so many kids books... But I actually read a lot more new and adult stuff this year too, thanks mostly to working in a library now. Although I need to make a new years' resolution to stop taking the withdrawns home. I did not need a new, battered copy of The Hobbit, even if it did have the original Tolkien illustrations in...

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Unnerving, feminist, absorbing, well-written.

Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve* - Fast-paced, exciting, original, sad.

The Princess Bride by  - Readable. Skip the prologue though. 

A Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer - fluffy, fun, Jane Austen-y madness.

Sylvester by Georgette Heyer - similar to above, less craziness.

The Scapegoat  by Daphne du Maurier -  TV adaptation fixed terrible ending.

About a Boy by Nick Hornby* -  Fun. No talent-show scene! :(

The Commitments by Roddy Doyle - Funny, but film was better.

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen* - Much better than people imply.

Bill's New Frock by Anne Fine* - Inspired bit of feminist writing.

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby - Funny but not my favourite.

John by Cynthia Lennon - Interesting and genuinely not bitter.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shafer - Slow starter, Dawsey's worth it!

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes* - Bit manipulative but good read.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen* - Tilney beats Darcy any day.

Caddy Ever After by Hilary Mckay* - weakest in series...still wonderful.

Still Me by Jojo Moyes - Better than the second one.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman - Sad, funny, hopeful, important, good.

Persuasion by Jane Austen* - The most romantic Austen novel

Caddy's World by Hilary Mckay - Surprisingly good prequel, I cried.

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H Lawrence - Sex. And characters talking rubbish.

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr - Beautifully written and very relevant.

The Other Way Round by Judith Kerr - poignant, interesting sequel... forgetable title.

A Small Person Far Away by Judith Kerr - sad, but worth-reading finale.

Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot - Fun for Princess Diaries fans.

Small Island by Andrea Levy - Enlightening, uncomfortable, some slow bits.

A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold by George R.R Martin - Exciting! Best instalment so far!

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby - Fun read but bit long.

Here be Dragons by Sharon Penman - Well-researched, wonderful romantic trashiness.

The Angel of Nitshill Road School by Anne Fine* - Thought-provoking, nostalgic, well-observed.

Falls the Shadow by Sharon Penman - Too long but good characters.

The Worst Witch Saves the Day by Jill Murphy - Nice catching up with Mildred.

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith/J.K Rowling - Gripping but too many stereotypes.

My Mum Tracey Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson - Surprisingly satisfying sequel! Bit overlong.

The Worst Witch to the Rescue by Jill Murphy - Another good one, quite same-y.

The Reckoning by Sharon Penman - Bleak stuff. Poor old Wales.

Small Steps by Louis Sachar* - Not Holes, still quite special.

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell* - Even better this time around.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K Rowling* (Illustrated by Chris Riddell) - Love this new illustrated version!


  1. Tilney definitely beats Darcy, but I think that is the point that everyone seems to miss, Darcy's not a hero (first because Austen doesn't write romances, second, because her point is to make him awful).

    For Mansfield Park, I know the cousin part creeps out my sisters, and I think most people misunderstand Fanny. For some reason most people misunderstand the historical setting or at least have more problems with it than the others books, not sure why (e.g. they sympathize with the Crawfords; Henry to me is far worse than Willoughby although Wickham probably still wins as the all round most atrocious). I personally enjoy it at first, I love Edmund at first, but toward the middle and end I want to punch him in the face. It's one thing to make a mistake, it's another to never truly realize it, I'm not convinced with that writing that he does.

    I've read a few Heyers, but they don't usually hit the easy part of the light read for me, just too tedious although certainly quite funny in parts. I need to read more.

    Sorry, long comment, lots of opinions.

    1. haha I like long comments! I know what you mean about Darcy but I think he is a hero really, just a flawed one. He's a good guy he just needs to learn a few lessons. But Mr. Tilney's not that traditional either and i'd like him to get a bit more recognition! Got to admit I like the Crawfords - or I like Mary anyway, I think she's got a lot of potential. (And Willoughby is the worst for me, because he's the biggest hypocrite) But I like Fanny Price too , I think people dislike her because she can come across a bit judge-y but I like how she doesn't try and turn Edmund against Mary even though she knows they're so wrong for each other, and how she stands up for herself with Henry. The cousins thing I try not to think about...
      I'm still working on getting into Georgette Heyers, I like them once I'm in but they seem to start a bit slow? Sorry, long reply!


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