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My Top Ten Books of 2019

I’ve read some amazing books this year, and found some new favourite authors. It has been very hard to narrow down my list to only ten books, but with a lot of effort, I have succeeded.

Number 10: Dead Meat Day 1 by Nick Clausen

What should have been an ordinary newspaper round for a group of friends turns into a fight for their lives when they encounter zombies.

I’m so glad I discovered the works of Danish writer, Nick Clausen, this year. I have read almost all his books in English, and I enjoyed them all. Without a doubt, the first book in the Dead Meat series is my favourite. It has interesting characters, voodoo and lots of zombie gore. I can’t wait to read what this author writes next.

Read my review of Dead Meat Day 1, and while you are at it, why not read my reviews of Dead Meat Day 2 and Dead Meat Day 3 too.

Number 9: Pretty Little Dead Girls by Mercedes M Yardley

Star girl, Bryony Adams, was born to be murdered. Everyone knew it, but knowing something doesn’t mean you want it to happen.

A beautiful novel of murder and whimsy, this book is as delicate and delightful as its main character. I can’t wait for the graphic novel adaptation to be released in Autumn 2020. Even better, as I supported the fund raising to make it happen, my likeness is going to appear in the book.

Read my review of Pretty Little Dead Girls.

Number 8: Undead as a Doornail by William F Aicher

Phoenix Bones, monster hunter, can travel anywhere through the Eitherspace. The only downside is he has to kill himself to get there.

I think I’ve found my new favourite monster hunter. Mild mannered animal control worker during the day and international monster hunter… on another day, Phoenix Bones was born dead, which gives him an affinity for the monsters in our world. In this first book, Phoenix tackles vampires. Expect lots of action, adventure and humour. I am looking forward to his second outing, in which he deals with werewolves, but as the author is undergoing health problems at the moment, I might have to wait for a while to read it. Feel better soon, William!

Read my review of Undead as a Doornail.

Number 7: Separating You by Dr Jason Carson

A self help book written by a serial killer. More an intriguing insight than a how to guide.

Dr Jason Carson, alter ego of horror writer John Shupeck, pens a self help book that really is more revealing of the author’s life and thought processes than it is a guide to doing anything. Well, mutilation and murder is talked about – a lot. The best look into the mind of a serial killer I have ever read.

Read my review of Separating You.

Number 6: The Prince of Nightmares by John McNee

After the death of his wife, millionaire Victor Teversham goes to Scotland’s most haunted hotel, where the nightmares are so vivid, they seem real.

I love stories about dreams, they always fascinate me, and John McNee’s novel about nightmares doesn’t disappoint. What cemented it in my top ten was the fact that the plot is much more complex than it first appeared, and it developed in ways that I hadn’t anticipated.

Read my review of Prince of Nightmares.

Number 5: Beware the Back of the Bus Book 2 by Stefan Lind

Sawee has journeyed into the land beyond the back of the bus, and finds a mysterious link to a Thai legend of her childhood.

It was hard to choose between the first and second book in this series, but I went for the second book as the magical land that Sawee and Evan journey to in an effort to save their friends, Sita and Scott, tops the first book by a hair. I love the fantasy world that the author has created, but it is the characters that elevate it. Sawee is who I want to be when I grow up, and Evan is a great role model for boys. I look forward to the third book in the series.

Read my review of Beware the Back of the Bus.

Book 4: Prophet of the Badlands by Matthew S Cox

In a future dystopian world, the prophet is known by her glowing eyes and healing ability, but all she wants is a family, and to be free.

I wish the author would share the secret to his productivity with me. I am sure that it involves time travel or some sort of magic. He also writes wonderful characters, especially young girls, and Althea, the so called prophet of this book, is no different. I have yet to read the rest of this series, but I am looking forward to it.

Read my review of Prophet of the Badlands.

Number 3: Flamebringer by Elle Katharine White

The Silent King of Els has reached the shores of Arle; will this mean the end of Aliza and the Daireads?

I enjoyed all the books in the Heartstone trilogy, but Flamebringer has it all for me; magic, action, death, cute creatures, dragons and a spiritual dimension. The author’s carefully crafted world comes of age in this final instalment, with the Fourfold God and the history of Arle being important elements of the story. I was glad to see Aliza’s family making an appearance, and Tobble was unbelievably adorable. I hope this isn’t the last time we seen Arle, and, at the risk of being issued a restraining order by the author, I’m going to continue my campaign for a Mari spin off series.

Read my review of Heartstone and Dragonshadow and Flamebringer.

Number 2: The Last Letter by WB Welch and Tory Hunter

Two friends resort to snail mail to keep in touch while the zombie apocolaypse goes down in their town.

It was a close race between my first and second pick; in fact, I think I need a quantum camera to measure the outcome. I love zombies, and the reason that I love this epistolary horror so much is because it shows the ZA from a female point of view, which is surprisingly rare. The characters were realistic, relatable and extremely likable. I also appreciated the different way of telling the story. The letters were believable, and what was left out was as important as what was included. I look forward to reading more from these authors.

Read my review of The Last Letter.

Number 1: Save Game by Joseph Sale

A sick father, a game that is more than it seems, and a life that will never be the same for one Birmingham gamer.

If you love gaming, fantasy and reality bending literature, you will love this novel. On the surface, one man’s love of fantasy RPG’s combines with his desire to save his dying father. He is considered a loser by the world, a promising young man who games all day and works in a fast food restaurant at night. Even his mother is fed up with him. However, he becomes a different person when he is playing games, especially one game in particular, which promises the winner a real life reward in the form of 1 million dollars.

However, there is more to this narrative than meets the eye, and it will have you discussing what really happened long after you have finished reading.

Read my review of Save Game.

So, that is my top 10 of books read in 2019. Have you read any of these books? What books are in your top ten? Tell me all about them in the comments.

7 thoughts on “My Top Ten Books of 2019”

  1. I have Pretty Little Dead Things on my TBR. It sounds awesome. I’m also intrigued (and scared, truth be told) by Separating You. If I’m brave, I’ll read that, too.

    I can pick out my top 4 books of the year, but then a whole bunch of excellent books tie for the fifth-tenth spots, so I’ll keep it at four:
    Blood Sugar by Daniel Kraus (neglected inner city kids, heartwarming and heartwrenching at the same time)
    Ration by Cody Luff (apocalyptic horror with an all-female cast)
    The Bedwetter by Lee Allen Howard (the making of a psychopath . . . scary, sad, and riveting all at once)
    and
    Black Heart Boys’ Choir by Curts Lawson (another making of a psychopath but with a supernatural bent)

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  2. This is a great list of books, and I have read a few of them and agree that they are excellent. Just finished Beware the back of the bus 2 which I really enjoyed but it kills me that it’s not a complete story and I have to wait until book 3 is out to see how it all works out 🙂 – something to look forward to!

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