I set myself a reading challenge every single year and I also fail it, without fail. But last year, I actually did pretty well and came painfully close to hitting my target.

Alas, it was not meant to be but in this blog post, I thought that I would share some of my faves from the year.

The good:

You are a badass at making money, Jen Sincero |

If you are looking for a manifestation or money mindset book, this is one that could seriously help you to change your life. This book delves deep into money mindset but is written in a down to earth and easy to understand tone. A brilliant book for those who are just starting their Law of Attraction journey or who are looking to unlevel their money mindset in 2020.

My sister the serial killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite |

Everyone was reading this book in 2019 and although I tend to stay away from the suggested must-reads, this one piqued my interest. There’s no doubt about, Braithwaite is an amazing author and I read this book in a matter of days. An excellent story, simply but beautifully written and one that I absolutely loved.

Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie |

This was easily my favourite fictional book of 2019 and one that I think everyone should read. Based around contemporary issues of racism, terrorism and identity, Home Fire combines intrigue and thriller into one thought-provoking novel.

Make it happen, Jordanna Levin |

While The Secret is the book that introduced everyone to manifestation, it didn’t really go into much detail or offer any real practical tools. That’s where Make It Happen steps into the mix and perfectly fills that void. I loved, loved, loved this book and although by this point I had already been practising the Law for a number of months, this book just reasserted my passion. Whether you are new to the Law or looking to refresh your toolkit, this book is the perfect manifestation guide.

Dark matter, Blake Crouch |

Another of my fictional faves from 2019 and this one is completely different from what I would usually go for. This book features the multiple universe theory, the idea that every single version of us and our decisions already exist. It’s a theory that has always interested me and I loved the level that this book takes it too.

The sun is also a star, Nicola Yoon |

It’s funny how I loved this book when so many people seemed to hate it, but for me, it was the perfect summer day read. Ironically, given the timeframe of the book, I actually read the entire book in just one day. As someone that heavily believes in the Law of Attraction, universal support and there being no such things as coincidences, this book was written in a way that I could fall in love with and I loved the entire concept.

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho |

This book is a super short fable and embodies a beautiful tale that has some important and life-changing life lessons. It’s a really easy book to read but don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’s not full of perfect little gems. Grab a notebook and make sure you take down some of the profound lessons and quotes that this book contains. Here are two of my faves:

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” 

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” 

The average:

The truth about keeping secrets, Savannah Brown |

Much like most other people, I first stumbled across Savannah Brown on her YouTube channel and fell in love with her poetry. Look, I am 29 years old (due to be 30 this year) and I am fast realising that I am falling out of the Young Adult category. I still read books that are aimed at a younger audience but I am starting to turn away from them. For me, this book was ok and although I DID enjoy how Brown writes, I just didn’t love the story. I would definitely read another one of her books, this one just wasn’t for me.

A place called Waco, David Thibodeau |

Anyone who knows me knows that I have two secret obsessions – cults and anything true crime related, so of course, Waco is on my radar. Earlier this year, I binge-watched the Waco TV show that was released and immediately wanted to read the book that it was based on. For me, this is a really, really interesting read and it did change my perception on the entire ordeal. I do believe that Koresh was an awful man but I no longer think of Waco as being a cult. In all reality, this would be much higher up my rankings but I just didn’t like David Thibodeau. Obviously, he has a really interesting story to tell but he comes across really arrogant throughout his book.

Manhunt, Colin Sutton |

Just like with the Waco book, I read this having watched the Manhunt TV show that was on telly this time last year. I sincerely believe that Colin Sutton is an incredible man, was an incredible police officer and the world is a better place for the work he did. This book was good, really interesting but it was a bit dry in parts.

Lost Girls, Robert Kolker |

Another true crime related book – I told you that it was an obsession – but this book was really hard to follow. It tells the tale of the bodies that were discovered on Long Island and the Long Island serial killer theory. Look, it was a good read but a bit all over the place and it did take me a while to get through.

The bad:

The truths and triumphs of Grace Atherton |

I bought this book because I LOVED the rose gold cover but as the old adage goes, you should never judge a book by the cover. I honestly hated this book, I don’t know why and there really isn’t much else to say.

I heart Hawaii, Lindsey Kelk |

It’s no exaggeration to say that this breaks my heart and it’s hard to include Lindsey Kelk in my worst category. I’m not much of a chick-lit fan but I have always loved Kelk and whenever I new book comes out, I grab it. To be honest, I thought that the I heart series had finished with the previous book but I still rushed out to grab it. Ah, I wish I hadn’t because I hated this book. The story was thin, the characters – who I have always loved – irritated me and it was just not for me.

The Sister, Louise Jensen |

If I had to choose a least favourite book of 2019, it would be either this one or the truths and triumphs of Grace Atherton, they are both in the same boat. I thought the plot of this book was very thin and it did nothing for me.

If you’re interested in following my attempt at meeting my next reading goal, or you want to see reviews from the books that I read, you can follow these on my Goodreads account.

Kay Page