Five 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!

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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.

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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.

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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….

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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!

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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.

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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?

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!

 
 
 
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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.  

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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!  

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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.  

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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.  

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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.