top 5 recommendation | best books of 2019 (so far)

Well, it’s time! Here are some of the top 5 books that I’ve read so far in 2019. Of course, I will also be doing the mid-year freak out book tag, but I thought that I would do a top 5 recommendation as well. I can never talk about my new favourites too much!

  1. In At the Deep End by Kate Davies – This book is about Julia, a woman who realises that she is a lesbian. In some ways it is a bit like a queer, modern Bridget Jones. And in other ways, with its frank discussion of abuse in the queer, it is very serious. Here is my review – please read the trigger warnings.
  2. Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno – I recently read this book and HOLY SHIT. I knew that I would like this witchy queer summery book, but I didn’t realise how much I would love it. It is a quiet book all about sisterhood and sexuality, and is a bit like the movie Practical Magic.
  3. Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – I have no idea why I took so long to read this book. It has killer mermaids, a diverse cast (queer characters, Deaf characters, an autistic character), SCIENCE, and genuinely scary scenes. I can see why people have said that it is a bit slow, because it does take time to set everything up. But OMG I really thought that the wait paid off.
  4. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams – Queenie is a 25-year-old black woman who lives in London. It’s all about how her life is slowly falling apart, and how she has been dealing with toxic relationships and anxiety for a really long time. I definitely related to some of the aspects in it with the anxiety. Read this review by Christine, which I think totally nails what this book is all about.
  5. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – I did not think that I was going to like this book. I’m not normally into fantasy, especially epic fantasy like this. It is a very dark book that is heavily inspired by the Nanking Massacre. It therefore has many, MANY trigger warnings, so please be careful. I was very impressed with the way that the story was crafted. It’s definitely not like anything I’ve read before.


Honourable mentions include:

  1. Darius the Great is Not Okay
  2. Summer Bird Blue
  3. Proud
  4. The Devouring Gray
  5. You Asked for Perfect

11 thoughts on “top 5 recommendation | best books of 2019 (so far)

    1. whatthelog says:

      Yay!! I read Summer of Salt and Drowning Deep one after the other – that was a really good reading week. And omg I love Darius. It was one of the first books I read this year, and I’m still thinking about it.

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  1. Bookish Rita says:

    I’m so happy you liked The Poppy War! I read it at the beginning of the year and couldn’t put it down, despite all the violence. I’m super excited for the sequel, which is coming out soon 🤗


    1. whatthelog says:

      Absolutely same here. I’m really not a high fantasy person, so I was pretty apprehensive when I picked it up, especially because I knew it was super violent. I was blown away by how good it was! And thanks for reminding me – I really need to put in a pre-order for the sequel.

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  2. christine @ lady gets lit says:

    First of all, I’m really glad to hear that you enjoyed Queenie! It’s definitely one of the books I can’t stop raving about.

    Secondly, thank you so much for linking to my review! It really means a lot to know that my babbling praise of this book made any sort of sense to someone else.

    I have In At The Deep End on my kindle right now, just ready to dive in after how highly you recommended it. And I’m interested in The Poppy War as well – especially knowing that you appreciated it despite not usually being drawn to fantasy (since I’m the same way).

    Can’t wait to see what other great books you end up reading this year, and I hope you’re doing well ❤


    1. whatthelog says:

      No worries!! Your review so perfectly encapsulates how I feel about it 🙂

      Ooh let me know what you think about Into The Deep End. It’s definitely a really personal book for me, because of the exploration of sexuality and abuse in the queer community. I really need to buy myself a hard copy.

      And I would definitely try The Poppy War. I am SO not into high fantasy, but I’m thinking that maybe because it’s not written by an old white man, that made it a lot more appealing to me.

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  3. Lydia Tewkesbury says:

    I haven’t read any of these! Queenie has been on my list for a while, though, and what you’ve said has only made me want to read it more!

    I keep meaning to pick up The Poppy War as well. I’ve heard it’s pretty traumatic, which I think is what’s stopping me. I haven’t felt quite up for it.


    1. whatthelog says:

      I really recommend Queenie! It’s so messy and real, I feel like a lot of people could really connect with it.

      I totally get what you mean about The Poppy War. I would definitely wait until you’re in the right headspace, because the second section is really quite horrific.

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