Patron of Reading Blog: Favourite Books Of 2019 and Books I’m Excited About In 2020

Written by our current Patron of Reading, Mike Revell

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a cracking Christmas break and are enjoying the first term of 2020. It was great fun visiting at the end of last year and seeing how many books you’d read for the Book Bingo competition.

The main goal of the game was to get you thinking outside the box a little bit and finding books that you might not have otherwise discovered.

Recommending books is one of the most important jobs as Patron of Reading, and since it’s a new year (and a new decade!) I thought I would write about some of my favourite books of 2019, and some of the books I’m most excited about in 2020.

So here are three books published in 2019 that I particularly enjoyed.

  1. Hidden Planet: An Illustrator’s Love Letter to Planet Earth, by Ben Rothery

One of the best things about this book is that people of all ages can enjoy it. It’s full of facts, descriptions, and incredible images of birds and animals. The artwork is awesome, and makes the book a joy to flick through.

  1. The Good Thieves, by Katherine Rundell

Katherine Rundell is one of my favourite authors, and when you read this book you’ll see why. She writes in a way that makes you feel like you’re sitting beside a crackling fire, looking out onto a world of infinite possibilities.

  1. The Train To Impossible Places, by P. G. Bell

If you’re anything like me, you like books that start with a bang. You don’t get bangs much bigger than a magic train appearing in your house in the middle of the night. Hop on board for an adventure you won’t forget!

Books I’m Excited About In 2020

This year is set to be a beauty, with some pretty exciting stories on the horizon in 2020. Here are some of the books I’m most excited about this year.

  1. The Kid Who Came From Space, by Ross Welford

Ross writes with an exciting voice that grabs you right from the beginning of the story. Every single one of his books has been a great read, and this one is no different! It came out last month, so if you want a good book to read this term, check it out.

  1. Alex Rider: Nightshade, by Anthony Horowitz

The Alex Rider series is one of my favourites, and after speaking to some of you last year I know there are some big fans at King’s as well. It’s not long to wait now, and in a few short months, we’ll get to join Alex on his biggest adventure yet!

  1. The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes, by Suzanne Collins

Twitter pretty much exploded when this book was announced. If you’re a fan of the Hunger Games, then you’ve probably penciled the 19th of May into your diaries already. Are you ready to dive into the 10th annual Hunger Games? I know I am!