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A Glimpse Back to My Top 5 Best Reads of 2019

Say ‘yes’ on the comments if you have already made a partial list of books you want to read this 2020.

I already have a few, but before diving into new adventures, I’d like to pay tribute to some of the best reads I’ve had last year – books which I would not mind rereading and hyping up to friends. They’re that good.

Plus, if you haven’t read them yet, consider them as my personal reading recommendations to you this year:

In no particular order…

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Date finished: January 6, 2019

Synopis: The circus arrives with no warning. No announcement precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Reves, and it is only open at night.

My thoughts: Beautifully-written, dream-like and spectacular. I love it.

Goodreads average rating: 4.04 stars / 5

Deep Fathom by James Rollins

Date finished: January 27, 2019

Synopsis: Ex-Navy SEAL Jack Kirkland surfaces from an aborted underwater salvage mission to find Earth burning. Solar flares have triggered a series of gargantuan natural disasters. Earthquakes and hellfire rock the globe. Air Force One has vanished from the skies with America’s president on board.

My thoughts: Awe-inspiring adventure to the world beneath the seas! Makes me want to explore ancient ruins up close! Here’s my full review on this book.

Goodreads average rating: 4.09 stars / 5

The Judas Strain by James Rollins

Date finished: March 18, 2019

Synopsis: From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a horrific plague has arisen to devastate humankind – a disease that’s unknown, unstoppable…and deadly. But it is merely a harbinger of the doom that is to follow. Aboard a cruise liner transformed into a makeshift hospital, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis – operatives of SIGMA Force – search for answers to the bizarre affliction. But there are others with far less altruistic intentions. In a savage and sudden coup, terrorists hijack the vessel, turning a mercy ship into a floating bio-weapon lab.

My thoughts: Byfar the most action-packed adventure in this series! No less than wonderful! And I’m totally in for GrayxSeichan ship!

Goodreads average rating: 4.15 stars / 5

Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman

Date finished: July 6, 2019

Synopsis: Call me by your name is a story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

My thoughts: Can’t put words on this. It’s a masterpiece.

Goodreads average rating: 4.26 stars / 5

Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle that Made England by Juliet Barker

Date finished: November 10, 2019

Synopsis: Waged almost six centuries ago, the Battle of Agincourt still captivates. It is the classic underdog story, and generations have wondered how the English-outmanned by the French six to one – could have succeeded so bravely and brilliantly. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Juliet Barker paints a gripping narrative of the October 1415 clash between the outnumbered English archers and the heavily armored French knights. Populated with chivalrous heroes, dastardly spies, and ferocious and bold king, AGINCOURT is as earthshaking as its subject – and confirm Juliet Barker’s status as both a historian and a storyteller of the first rank.

My thoughts: Fine historical read with helpful references.

Goodreads average rating: 4.11 stars / 5

I’m still beefing up my 2020 reading list, so if you have some recommendations up your bucket, drop them down on the comments!