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….
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!.
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!
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.
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?