Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday Fives - Top Five Favorite Books of 2019 So Far

I'm taking a bit of a break from my usual Friday Linkups to try something a little different.  Michelle over at Because Reading is Better Than Real Life   used to do a Five on Fridays that I always enjoyed and I've seen a few other variations on the theme.  As well I'm in a list making kind of mood so I thought I'd give start making random five lists.  Sometimes they'll be bookish other weeks not so much.  Since it's just over halfway through the year I thought I'd take a look back at my reading and pull the 5 books I enjoying reading the most this year.  Since this is kind of casual and unofficial I'm counting rereads which I normally don't do but I'm feeling a bit rebellious. 

1.  Dead Wake by Erik Larson - I've been wanting to read Erik Larson's books for years and have always been fascinated by the sinking of the Lusitania.  I found this fascinating and am looking forward to reading more from him.

2.  The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay - This was one of those perfect books at the perfect time.  I loved the characters and the bookshop and just everything about it. 

3.  Dark Witch by Nora Roberts - I read this one right when it came out but was a little meh about it.  I picked it up on Audible during a sale and decided to relisten to it and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I went on to listen to rest of the trilogy and really enjoyed it.

4.  The Labors of Hercules by Agatha Christie - I love Agatha Christie and I love her short stories.  This is a Hercules Poirot collection and the setup is so fun and it's got a great variety of stories.  It's light and refreshing and I really enjoyed reading it again.

5.  Flowers in the Rain and Other Stories by Rosamunde Pilcher - This is a short story collection that I forget about for months on end and then occasionally just have to reread it.  Pilcher passed away earlier this year and I knew I had to reread this collection.  It's sweet and endearing and so incredibly Pilcher.

What are some of your favorite books so far this year?


  1. I think you are entitled to include rereads in the best picks of the year so far! I've enjoyed a few books this year...A Dance With Dragons, The Extinction Trials, The Chalk Man, The Testing trilogy, The Chalk Man, Sabina Kane series, The Last Bastion of the Living, Election Notebook and As The World Dies trilogy.

  2. You've got some favourite authors of mine in this list. Nice reading.

  3. The Printed Letter Bookshop looks so fun- love that cover! And Dead wake sounds super interesting as well.

  4. Some new titles for my TBR list; thanks for sharing.

  5. The first Dark Witch book was intense. I think I had stayed up all night reading it.

  6. Great set of five books, I think I'd find it hard to pick, already this month I've loved three! I have The Printed Letter Bookshop so now really excited to read it.

  7. I love books about bookshops, so The Printed Letter story intrigues me. 📚

    I have wanted to read a Nora Roberts. Maybe I'll try Dark Witch in October. 👍✨

    I have a tie for best book read so far this year: Have You Seen Luis Velez?, and With the Fire On High. 🙌🙌🙌