Top Five Tuesday 12/3/19

Top Five Tuesday was created by Bionic Book Worm.  You can find the topics on the blog I just linked.


This week’s topic is most surprising reads in 2019.


I had quite a few books that were surprises for me this year, but I was actually able to narrow it down to five.



I don’t read a ton of adult fiction and when I do, it’s usually some type of murdery book.  This book was getting great ratings, so I thought I would give it a chance.  I laughed so much, but also loved the characters so much.  I loved it.





This was partially a cover buy.  Also, the ocean.  But I wasn’t too sure going into it.  Holy crap, this book made me feel so many things.  What was more impressing is that it’s middle grade.  So freaking good.





I’m not sure I would have picked this up if it wasn’t a TBR and Beyond group read.  This book was hilarious and empowering.  I love anything feminist and pro sex.  Add humor and I’m sold.





This one is odd for me to add.  I love witch stories, so I figured I would like it.  But I didn’t expect it to be my favorite book of the year.  I can’t say exactly what it was about it, but I loved it so much.





This may be the most surprising for me.  I knew there was a bit of magic, but that it was mostly about family.  These types of books are always hit or miss for me.  This writing was beautiful.  I loved these women so much.  It was hard to read at times, but I ended up loving it so much.



Have you read any of these?  What books surprised you this year (good or bad)?






Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

18 thoughts on “Top Five Tuesday 12/3/19”

  1. I haven’t read any of these yet but Serpent and Dove is on my TBR. My top 3 surprises were I’ll Give You The Sun by Jenny Nelson (not read contemporary in a while), Moonrise by Sarah Crossan (written in verse) and Iraq+100 (read for University by Iraqi writers so something very different from my usual read).

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  2. ooh these all look amazing! I haven’t read any yet but I’m hoping to get around to Red, White & Royal Blue and Serpent & Dove soon. I guess my most surprising read of the year would have to be Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone, which I was definitely not expecting to love but ended up enjoying! great post xx

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  3. I really need to read red, white and royal blue!
    Norweigan woods is one that really surprised me, as in I never thought I would enjoy it this much!


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