New & noteworthy – Amazing books I read & re-read in 2019

Considering I write for a living, I’m really bad at picking up a physical book and reading it, which is a shame really, because I love to read.

One of my goals for 2020 is to read more books, but ahead of that, I’ve done a short round-up of some of the best ones I read in 2019.

The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

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Before Patrick Ness released his beautiful novel A Monster Calls, which was made into a film a few years back, he penned one of my favourite trilogies of all time. I first read book one: The Knife of Never Letting Go almost a decade ago while on a family holiday, and it’s since become one of my top recommendations when people are looking for something new.

If you like Sci-Fi, this is your cuppa tea. It follows the story of a teenager called Todd who lives in a town of only men. Everything from the cows to his dog have a sound, but just one month away from the birthday that’ll turn him into a man, Todd discovers secrets about his town that force him to leave on an adventure that’ll change his life forever.

It’s being made into a film starring Tom Holland and Daisy Riddley which is rumoured to be coming out in 2020. But if you want my advice, I’d soak up this amazing trilogy for all it’s worth before it hits the big screen.

This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

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Before penning two very successful books, Adam Kay was a doctor. During his time working for the NHS, Kay kept a journal of his career that took him from his medical training right through to his trials and tribulations as a junior doctor.

I read through This Is Going To Hurt and its successor, Twas The Night Shift Before Christmas, in just a couple of days. It’s both hilarious, unbelievably sad and will give you a real insight into the incredible work that goes into our NHS and the fantastic doctors, nurses, surgeons and everything in between that keep it going.

Diary entries mean that this is a great read if you want something easy to follow that you can also pick it up and put down without having to follow a solid storyline. The books have been such a huge hit that Kay now does live stage shows of the book, and This Is Going To Hurt is also being made into a TV show set to be released on the BBC.

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

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Always one for browsing book shops at airports, I picked up The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin ahead of a trip to Cyprus a few years back.

Janie is a mother to her four-year-old son, Noah. But Noah is unlike any other boy his age, for he wakes in the night and doesn’t know where he is; he knows about things he shouldn’t and he also desperately wants to go home. The trouble is, he’s already there. You see, as well as being Janie’s son, Noah also remembers being a young boy named Tony.

A hugely captivating book that kept me reading for hours on end, this is a real page-turner that had me asking so many questions from beginning to end. Really good if you want something to read by the pool in the sun – which is exactly what I did!

Jog On: How Running Saved My Life by Bella Mackie

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When I was going through a rough patch at the back end of 2019, my brother recommended that I started running – which I did, and you can read all about it here. But I was also aware of a book that journalist, Bella Mackie penned about her relationship with running and how it helped save her life.

It’s beautifully written and hugely inspiring. Not to mention it topped a book chart or two and led to Bella releasing Jog On Journal that now also proudly sits on my bookshelf next to Jog On.

If you’re looking to improve your mental health or introduce running into your life, give this book a read.

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