My Top 5 Favorite Books So Far This Year

Half of the year has already gone by. How are you doing with your reading goal for the year so far? I’m aiming to read 40-50 books this year. Here are a few of the books I’ve enjoyed the most so far:

  1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

If you enjoy thrilling, suspenseful novels, this is the one for you. I’ve read a few thrillers this year but this one has by far been the best. I find that the more thrillers I read, the more I realize that it takes a great writer to write a suspenseful novel that isn’t cheesy and over-reaching. As a reader, you want to become so absorbed in a thriller that you almost believe it’s real and it makes you question the author’s sanity.

  1. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

This is a story about a man confined in a hotel because of a serious “crime” he committed. I started reading this at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and we were all for the most part forced to stay at home. And while our cause for being confined, as it were, may not be at all similar to The Gentleman in Moscow, we face similar effects and we would do well to imitate how he continued to live his life even within the confines of a hotel.

  1. The Book Thief by Mark Zusak

Okay, I’ve talked about this book so much lately but I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that every human being read this book at some point. If you would like to read my full review I’ll link it here. Long story short, I absolutely loved this book.

  1. Educated by Tara Westover

This memoir really opened my eyes and made me grateful for the life I’ve lived so far. I read right before reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I found that the two young girls had similar family problems but Educated went more in depth with the kind of problems her family faced. It’s one of those books that will change your perspective on life and motivate you to take advantage of the opportunities you have in your life.

  1. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

If you are a creative person but find that sometimes you lack motivation to create or perhaps you are afraid if what you create won’t be highly regarded by others, please read this book. If you are a woman, please read this book. Virginia Woolf really thought this one out. By the end of the book I felt invincible and my heart was exploding. Woolf made me feel liberated, and in a sense, I already was but I let myself fall victim to my mind and all it doubts and fears. Although this book is only a little over 100 pages, the depth of it is equivalent to a 1,000 page novel. Read it slow, and ponder ever word.\

What have been your favorite books this year so far? Let me know in the comments and follow me on Instagram to keep up with what I’m reading next!

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