Best of 2019

Wowsa, where did the year go!? Talk about time flying! With 2020 now upon us, I thought I might share some of my fave movies, TV shows, and books of 2019. Some were only released this year, some are older and I only experienced them for the first time within the last 12 months. All of the following I highly recommend! (NOTE: for any younger readers (and/or the parents of), please check the ratings/blurbs of the following before watching/reading!)

BOOKS:

I had a busy, busy, busy year editing and releasing two books (VARDAESIA and WEAPON), both of which ended their respective series and therefore required extra care and attention. Not to mention, I basically lived out of a suitcase since I travelled so much for the billion events I did… and on top of that, I also wrote my next book (THE PRISON HEALER) and did a lot of exciting but time-consuming stuff with that (more news coming soon!)… SO I didn’t have a heap of spare hours for reading. That said, I was surprised by how much I did manage (I tried to R&R as often I was able, given the craziness of everything else). Sadly, only a few books really wowed me this year, and those are the ones I’m going to list here, in no particular order:

  • Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas (*releasing March 2020)
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
  • This Love by Dani Atkins
  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
  • The Black Witch (and the sequel The Iron Flower) by Laurie Forest
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

AUDIOBOOKS:

I’ve started to get into audiobooks this year, which previously I haven’t been a massive fan of (since I prefer to be able to imagine the ‘voice’ of the characters in my head), but I’ve now come to love this medium of reading! My faves include:

  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (obvs I’ve read and re-read HP too many times to count, but I listened to the entire series via audiobook this year — narrated by Stephen Fry — and OH, MY, it was magical!)
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris and narrated by Richard Armitage (the actor!)
  • Red Rising (the original trilogy) by Pierce Brown and narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds (interestingly, I tried a few times to read the physical books, but I struggled to get into the first one. However, I fell in love with the audiobooks — 5 stars for all three of them! Such an epic experience! I’m now afraid to continue on to the next ones set in the future since I don’t want to risk losing any love for the original trilogy!)
  • One Day in December by Josie Silver (narrated by Eleanor Tomlinson and Charlie Anson)

MOVIES:

It was a mediocre-ish year of movies for me (in comparison to the amount of TV shows I became obsessed with), but there were a few that I enjoyed. Only a handful elicited a “THAT WAS AMAZING!” response from me, but the following were all enjoyable. (I should note here that I’ve been told I have poor taste in movies/TV shows, haha. I like to find shows to escape into, which means I watch for entertainment purposes, and I’m not looking from a critical perspective. Many of these were ripped to shreds by reviewers, but I still liked them):

  • Avengers: Engame
  • Aladdin
  • Robin Hood (the new 2018 version)
  • Red Sea Diving Resort
  • Aquaman
  • Skyscraper
  • Small Foot
  • Mortal Engines
  • Frozen 2
  • Last Christmas
  • The Hustle
  • Forever My Girl
  • Wonder Park
  • Chalet Girl

TV SHOWS:

2019 was definitely a year of TV shows for me. I already mentioned that I travelled a lot, so I had a heap of time in hotel rooms to sneak episodes while I was getting ready for events, and also watching on planes, etc., or just when I needed to relax in between edits/writing. The following are the shows that I devoured, some of which were only released this year, many of which are older and I only just discovered (and sadly lots haven’t been renewed for more seasons):

  • Chernobyl (I cannot recommend this highly enough!!)
  • The Witcher (my newest obsession!!!)
  • Umbrella Academy (loved!)
  • Roswell, New Mexico (the new 2019 remake – amazing!)
  • Deception (devastated there’s no season 2)
  • Emerald City (again, devastated there’s no season 2)
  • A Discovery of Witches
  • The Order
  • V-Wars (lots of supernatural gore but I really loved this!)
  • Krypton
  • Once Upon a Time (the final season where everything is different)
  • Dynasty (the newer remake)
  • The Bold Type (similar vibes to Younger — so good!)
  • Another Life
  • Switched at Birth (wholesome and lovely!)
  • Manifest (so mysterious!)
  • Timeless (sad that there’s only two seasons, but it ended well!)
  • Alcatraz
  • The Crossing
  • Turn Up Charlie (not my usual kind of show, but Idris Elba is fantastic!)
  • Merry Happy Whatever (dysfunctional Christmassy fun)
  • The I-Land
  • Game of Thrones (I only started it this year since everyone was in such a tizzy about the final season, so I watched it all in about month)

… and of course there are new seasons of old favourites, like Younger, The 100, Suits, Arrow, Salvation, The Good Place, Lucifer, The Good Witch, Lost in Space, and probably a heap of others I’ve totally forgotten.

Looking at this list of shows, it’s clear that I lean towards the fantasy/sci-fi/magic/supernatural shows, with a smattering of drama and family shows thrown in to shake things up. It’s so weird to see it all laid out like this! How interesting! The same could be said of my books and movies. Of course, I read and watch a lot more widely than any of these lists show, but these are the ones that have left the greatest impression on me from an enjoyment perspective.

Your turn now! Comment below any of your favourites — books, movies, TV shows — that you’ve loved from 2019! I’m always looking for new recommendations and would love to hear what has inspired you this year!

One thought on “Best of 2019

  1. I’m impressed you’ve been able to fit this much in with all the work you’ve been doing! As for what I’ve enjoyed:

    Books (fiction): My favourites were the twelve-book Bloody Jack Adventures by L.A. Meyer (historical adventure fiction, involving pirates, the Napoleonic Wars and much else) and The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (also historical fiction set in 12th century England). You’re probably better off sticking to the original Red Rising trilogy; I’ve listened to the fourth book and it does spoil that satisfactory resolution quite a bit.

    Films: My favourites were Avengers: Endgame, Ad Astra and the documentary film Apollo 11.

    TV shows: I don’t watch that much TV, but as well as Chernobyl, I liked the recent adaptation of His Dark Materials.

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