• Sushma Ramesh


Updated: Jul 26, 2020

Hi All,

Can you guys believe there’s only one week left for 2019 and then we will be entering a new decade?😱

From giving 10th standard exams having no clues about life to having a secured job in hand with my passion for reading taking a shape, this decade has truly been extraordinary to me! Particularly in 2019, after all the struggles, I finally realized how important is self-love and care. I also discovered some great books too! few of them have got a special place in my heart and I would love to share the list with you guys (after all sharing is love right?). So here are my top 10 reads of 2019 for you guys…

  1. The silent patient by Alex Michaelides (Psychological thriller Fiction)

OK, After finishing this book my mind was blown out! I couldn’t stop thinking about this book for a week!!! This is one psychological thriller that I would recommend each and everyone out there to read just once. I promise you won’t be disappointed. The way Alicia and Theo take you through the story is tremendous. The only part I did not like is the parallel storyline of Greek mythology which I think could have been better. This thriller is a Page turner (because I finished it in less than 3 days 😉 ) and the Climax of the book is extraordinarily written. and guess what? this is a Debut novel by the Author. (mind blown again!) Hats of to the Author for giving such an amazing thriller novel. I am so happy that this much-hyped book lived up to its hype 100% for me and hopefully, I will be able to read more of Alex’s books in the future. Truly a deserving winner for Good reads book of the Year in Mystery/Thriller category!

My ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2

2. The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay (Coming-of-Age Fiction)

What I liked most about this book is the honest and brutally raw narrative done by the author. It tore me up to pieces and crept me till the end. This was not just any ordinary story that I had read and to be frank, it shook me completely when I learned and realized about the political and regional chaos that prevails in Kashmir. a slow but steady pace of the story along with back and forth narration between Shalini’s childhood and her terrible trip to Kashmir was so intense and powerful! This is one such gripping story that has multi-layers that reveals so much about Kashmir- the conflicting region of India, about complicated relationships and mental illness. Also, the fact that this is a debut novel by the author truly amazed me! This book clearly is a deserving winner for the ‘2019 JCB prize for literature’ award for me. I highly recommend this book to everyone. A must-read stunning novel!

My ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2

3. The Octopus Curse by Salma Farook ( Collection of Poems)

This book is a collection of beautifully written poetry which is divided into 6 sections. Each of these sections starts with some very interesting facts about octopus and correlating them to a woman in a way were truly intriguing and fascinating for me! These poems are short and easily understandable even for a beginner. They don’t rhyme and I think that’s the beauty of it! I could not stop myself from turning the page and I finished it in just one sitting! Many of the snippets were so relatable and heart soothing to me and I was teary-eyed with the topics the author has touched. Also, the beautiful illustrations throughout the book literally have my heart as I’m one big sucker for mehndi! It’s one of those books which makes you get lost in it and be found there inside. I’m so glad that I picked this book and I would highly recommend this book to everyone for its beautifully written poems, for those stunning illustrations and obviously its a gorgeous treasure to your bookshelf!

My ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

4. The Dutch house by Ann Patchett( Historic Fiction)

Somebody, please tell me how gorgeous is this book cover..I’m not guilty when I say this but I picked up the book only for its stunning cover.❤ I was so looking forward to reading this book. the storyline is very simple yet is so captivating..author’s way of characterization of each individual in the story is so up to the mark..not just that, even the importance given to the house is a splendid work..the entire book was full of the things I love in any book. 🙂 it was so well written and narrated that I was completely lost in it..the book without any doubt came alive and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it..it was one complete delight to read and I’m so glad that I picked up Pratchett’s work.. such a masterpiece writing! I would highly recommend it to everyone. even if you don’t like the story(which is not possible) it would be one beautiful cover sitting up in your book collection…

My ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

5. Scars like wings by Erin Stewart (YA Fiction)

There are only a few books that engross me as a reader from the beginning until the end and after that as well. and ‘Scars like wings’ is one such heartfelt journey of Ava I adored reading. She is such a lifelike character and each emotion of her was truly felt and left me so heartbroken. The book beautifully molds the necessity to own one’s scars, not to define a person based on her/his physical appearance and to look past it. Individually, It also gave me a sense of self-acceptance and appreciation. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

My ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2

6. Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell ( Comics, Graphic novel)

I Always thought Graphic novels are for kids until I stumbled upon pumpkinheads. This beautifully illustrated book is purely a rom-com novel and I loved the Chemistry and Friendship between Deja and Josiah! Character representation is top-class considering that it is done by very well known artist Faith Erin Hicks and the entertaining adventure that these two best friends go through is a literal treat to the eye. It’s a fun, autumn vibe short read that makes you feel good about yourself and also has got some delicious treats in it! ❤ absolutely love and only love this book even though I didn’t like the ending much (not giving away the spoiler 😉 ) Perfect fall read book which has got everything I was expecting from a comic novel!

My ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2

Along with these books I also read some of the gems this year which I absolutely adore and recommend are:

  1. The fault in our stars by John Green

  2. To all the boys I loved before series by Jenny Han

  3. If tomorrow comes and Chasing Tomorrow ( Tracy Whitney series by Sidney Sheldon)

  4. Angel of the Dark by Sidney Sheldon

Have you guys read any of the books on the list or planning to read them?