5 For Friday

Five for Friday: Five Books I DNFed

It has taken me a long time during my reading life to get to the point where I was okay with not finishing books. So many times, I’ve instead placed the book back on my shelf and though This just wasn’t the right time for that book. Sometimes, this is accurate. But more times than not, it is just a hopeful thought that I will give that book another shot. It so rarely happens, though.

I thought for this week’s installment, I would share with you five books that I could not finish. Be sure to let me know if any of these are books you enjoyed or couldn’t finish, or some of the books that you just had to DNF yourself!

81XSN3hA5gL.jpg

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

I love the movie to this. I tried to read a few times and could never get into it. I am not big into sci-fi, though, and just could not get into this. This is the only one on the list that I would probably give another shot, maybe in audiobook format.

The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler-Olsen

This was a book that I got from Penguin’s First to Read program (I miss that program). This book…I barely got much into it before I was just lost. It was super not interesting, not well written, and I had to abandon it very quickly.

34298771._SX318_.jpg
30900212.jpg

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

Oh…this books. I tried this book so many times. I still wonder what happened in this story. But I couldn’t make it past 50%. It was terribly written, none of the characters were interesting, and I never felt like the book got its footing. I kept pushing through until a friend of mine informed me the ending wasn’t worth the energy so I bounced.

Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

I still love this cover.

The book, however, I barely made it to like 5%.

Fantasy books are not my jam. I’m not sure why I still try them occasionally.

13496.jpg

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Another fantasy book. I really wanted to get into this one because of all the hype. But I could not follow the various perspectives (and I am someone who loves multiple perspective books). I did not like any of the characters. I tried to watch the show and I couldn’t get into it, either, so I think this world just isn’t for me.

Five for Friday :: Top 5 Books of 2019...so far

Happy Friday to all — and a delayed Happy Fourth to my fellow Americans! I am so looking forward to this weekend. I have nothing planned except to read-read-read! I am so behind on my Goodreads challenge this year. I feel like, though my number is still low for books read, I have been doing much better at picking books I will enjoy. Most of my books for 2019 have been 4 to 5 star reads! That’s pretty amazing.

I thought for this week’s Five for Friday, I would tell you my Top Five books I’ve read this year…so far. And while looking at my Goodreads challenge, I found it funny that the five I knew I wanted to be on this list were the last five books I read! Interesting….

40597810.jpg

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I’m sure no one is surprised this is on my list. I am sure this book is on the majority of people’s favorites of 2019 lists. Such an amazing story with great characters, interesting format, and good plot progression. I know I owe you guys a review on this (and most of these, actually!), so I hope to have that up very soon.

This was also in a previous Five For Friday installment: Five Books I think will be Five Star reads. This definitely was a 5 star book for me!.

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

I read The Final Girls in 2017 and really enjoyed it. I knew while reading it that Sager would be an author I would watch out for. I kept putting off reading this one, though, out of fear that I would not enjoy it.

That was completely a silly fear, because this one was so good! I enjoyed it much more than The Final Girls and it got me even more pumped for Lock Every Door, which I will be starting soon.

This was a strong 4 stars for me and the review will be up soon!

36626748._SY475_.jpg
40786511._SX318_.jpg

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I’m not gonna lie: I didn’t expect for this one to be on this list. Not because I didn’t enjoy it — I obviously did. I wasn’t expecting to see any nonfiction on this list, since I am not an avid reader. When I was looking over my list of finished books to make sure I had the correct top five, however, I knew the list was missing this one.

Michelle Obama is a fantastic writer with an interesting story. Hearing about her life before, during and after her husband’s presidency was just a wonderful experience overall. I highly recommend listening to this book if you are interested in checking it out. She does a great job narrating it and I feel like nonfiction memoirs are at their best with the audiobook option.

Very strong 4 stars from me!.

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell is another author I discovered thanks to Book of the Month club (just like Riley Sager and Taylor Jenkins Reid). I love the way she can spin a mystery. She has great characters always, her plots always have some unique part to them, and she just has an amazing way with words.

I won’t speak too much of this one since I actually have a review of it up. I originally gave this one 4 stars but I really feel like it’s closer to a 4.5 ranking. SO GOOD.

38355282._SY475_.jpg
42201920.jpg

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

My love for Robyn Harding’s thrillers, I feel, is well known.

I first discovered her with The Party and devoured that in basically 24 hours.

I then read Her Pretty Face — a slower read than the previous book but still just as amazing.

And now, this one.

I’ll go ahead and say it's a 5 star book from me. I’m not sure how others will like this book. The main character is unlikeable — in fact, most of the characters are unlikeable. The plot is not conventional. It’s an interesting, different take on the thriller type.

And these are all just some of the readings why I loved it so much.

No review yet but it will be up soon. I have been trying to get my thoughts together on this one. It comes out at the end of the month and I highly recommend you grabbing a copy when it does!


So there are my top five books for the first half of 2019. I’ll be curious to see which ones — if any — will end up in my end of the year top five.

Tell me, what books have you read this year that are top five material for you?

Five for Friday: Five Thrillers I Loved in 2018

I’ve been stuck on what my next theme for Five for Friday should be. I was thinking earlier today about some books I read last year that I really want to read again. I realized they all had a genre in common: thrillers (we’re all shocked, I’m sure). Since I’ve moved blogs, I’m sure a few of you reading weren’t around in 2018, so I definitely wanted to share my Top 5 thrillers I read in 2018.


Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
This book received 5 stars from me. I loved it. I was obsessed with it. I received it as an eARC and went out and bought it the week it was published. Burton writes some amazing characters that I think about STILL to this day. This book lives in my mind constantly. I was reading The Arrangement by Robyn Harding recently and my brain was like “Nat and Louise could probably be friends.”. I’ve never thought that about a book/characters before, but my brain was making some connections that I am…intrigued by.

I feel like this is a must read for suspense/thriller fans. This is a tale of dark friendships, there’s murder, there’s intrigue, you don’t know who to root for — everyone’s awful, which adds to its greatness. I love it so much I can’t even talk about it in a way that I feel suits this book. Go read it. Just go.

38745981._SY475_.jpg

36589624.jpg

Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan
A strong 4/4.5 stars. This was my first time reading a Claire Allan book. I received it from Netgalley because the premise was interesting and I just loved the cover. Allan puts a great twist on the thriller genre and this book is a great example of that. Well written, more great characters, and a good plot with a great flow. This would be a quick read that I highly recommend.


Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Another strong 4 stars. You probably know that I am obsessed with Jewell and this is the book that started that obsession. I got this book from Book of the Month because the story sounded interesting and the cover was gorgeous. Jewell has a great talent of writing multiple perspectives. If you’ve not read a book from Lisa Jewell, I think this one is a great start!

51ompznRZKL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

36467770.jpg

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
4 stars for this one. This was one of my favorite Audible listens of 2018! I have never read a book from Erin Kelly. This was another great example of writing mulitple perspectives. I remember listening to this and getting apprehensive about it. I remember turning it off a time or two because there were parts that were freaking me out. Great listen!


Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding
A very strong 4.5 star read! I love Robyn Harding. I first read The Party in 2017. When I saw this one was coming out, I knew I needed to have it. (I also just read The Arrangmeent which was SO GOOD!) This is another great example of multiple perspectives — that’s a bigger trend in the thriller genre than I realized — with an amazing plot, wonderful pacing, and again — fantastic characters.

37835113._SY475_.jpg

There are my top five thriller reads of 2018! Have you read any of these? Are any on your TBR?

5 for Friday: 5 Authors Whose Books I Will Buy Immediately

One of the best things about being a reader is when you find an author who just really hits it out of the park for you. Maybe it’s an author you’ve read since their debut. Maybe it’s an author you discovered later in their career and you had the joy of catching up on their back catalogue. As readers, we all have at least a few authors who we will (at least almost) always buy their books. Today, I’m sharing with you my five authors who I will read anything from.

Image from Goodreads

Image from Goodreads

Taylor Jenkins Reid
This one almost feels like cheating, but when answering this question for my reading preferences currently this author definitely needs to be on this list. I say it’s cheating because I have only read one of her books. I am currently reading Daisy Jones and the Six (and I just adore it). I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo last year and like many within the book community, fell in love with Reid. I recently bought another book of hers, Maybe in Another Life, that is highly recommended. So, even though she is still a new-to-me author, she is currently high on my MUST BUY IMMEDIATELY list, and thus, mentioned her.

Image from Goodreads

Image from Goodreads

Robyn Harding
I first heard about Harding soon after her book, The Party, came out. I was lucky to find a copy at a used book store soon after its release and devoured it in a 24 hour period. I fell for Harding’s writing immediately. The way she can weave a thriller is just magical.

I had the pleasure of getting an ARC of her next book, Her Pretty Face, last year and I cannot — cannot wait to get my hands on The Arrangement when it comes out soon.

 
Image from Goodreads

Image from Goodreads

 

Fiona Davis
When it comes to historical fiction, no one can out do Davis. Her novels follow a similar theme of multiple perspectives and Davis is able to weave them together in some form of magic. I fell in love with her work when I listened to The Dollhouse and I’ve continued to love The Address and The Masterpiece. She’s always one I recommend to people when they are searching for a book to read.

Image from Goodreads

Image from Goodreads

Claire Allan
Another newer-to-me author, Allan’s writing really makes my thriller-happy heart…well, happy! I had the pleasure of receiving an ARC of her first thriller, Her Name Was Rose, and fell in love with her ability to twist and turn a tale. I greatly enjoyed reading her second thriller, Apple of My Eye, and cannot wait for her next one! I love thrillers and read quite a few of them, so it’s always nice to find someone within the genre who has their own take of how to write it. Allan’s writing has an ease to it; it’s easy to get sucked into the story, it’s easy to connect with her characters. I highly recommend her to my fellow thriller-loving friends!

Image from Goodreads

Image from Goodreads

Riley Sager
For number 5, I went back and forth on who to include. I finally landed on Sager, probably mostly because I just finished reading (and loving) The Last Time I Lied. I was a fan of The Final Girls and was excited to read more of his work. It wasn’t until The Last Time I Lied, though, that I felt like Sager needed to be higher up on my list. He has a new book coming out in July and I know that I will be grabbing it as soon as it hits the shelves.



So there you have it! Five of my current Must Buy from authors. This list is every growing and evolving, so expect a part two of this in the future!

Who are some of your Must Buy authors?

5 for Friday: 5 books I think will be 5-star reads

The other day, I was watching Booktube, something that I have been getting more into, and I was inspired to do this post. Sarah's Nightstand did a video about 5 books on her TBR that she thinks will be 5-star reads. It got me thinking about my TBR and how there are some books that I do think I am going to give 5 stars...and those are the ones I tend to put off reading, even though I truly believe I will love it!While driving the other day, I was thinking about that video and wondering what books on my TBR that I believe will be 5-star reads. I decided to do my version of it! This has also inspired me to do some more lists posts. My hope will be to tell you my 5 books that go with various different topics on Fridays. We'll see how this goes.But for now...let's look at my TBR and see which ones I truly believe will be a 5-star read. Before you leave, make sure to let me know what are some books on your TBR that you think will be 5-star reads!

 
 
 
40597810.jpg

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

First up is a book that I have been looking forward to for months, was my Book of the Month pick the month it came out, and a book that I am just nervous to start. I fell in love, as did manyin the book world, with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo when I read it last year. I was so thrilled when I heard TJR was going to have a new book out this year. It sits on my shelf...but I can't start it. I've heard mostly good things from it. My mom listened to it recently and loved it. I highly doubt I won't like it...but I am nervous to start it! It will be my next read, though, so I'll be curious to see what I think once it is over.  

42201920

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

This one isn't even out yet but I know I will love it. I was a huge fan of The Party, and also enjoyed Her Pretty Face a lot. This once sounds...so good! I love Harding's writing style and she can turn a thriller like no other. This one cannot come out soon enough for me!  

29044

The Secret History by Donna Tartt 

I feel like this one could just be Donna Tartt in general. I have this one, as well as The Goldfinch on my shelves. Both have received so much praise that it leaves me uncertain what to think of them! What if I don't like them?? I am sure I will. The Secret History is part of my 19 in 2019, so I know I will get to it at some point this year.  

36337550

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton 

This is another example of a book I was so excited about but once I got it, I no longer wanted to read it. It sounds so good and I am so worried that it will let me down! This is another one that has received mostly good feedback, so I am not sure what my hangup is! I need to pick it up very soon, though.  

31434883

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 

Another one on my 19 in 2019 list, this book already gives me a hopeful feeling, even without reading it. When I see it on my shelves, it makes my heart feel light. I am not even sure why, but this is for certain one I think will be a 5-star read for me.