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My Most Suprising Reads of 2019

Hello world! It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top 5 Tuesday post, but as everyone knows . . . sometimes life gets a little bit hectic! The Christmas season is one of my favorite times of the year so I wanted to post a ton of Christmas cheer this year! Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Bookworm and she has done an awesome job coming up with topics each and every month!

  1. The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey – I went into this novel expecting a simple historical fiction murder mystery and it ended up being so much more in depth than I expected. It’s set in the 1920s and it deals with so many difficult female issues at the time in a way that is respectful and well thought out. I can’t wait to see where the protagonist goes next and what the author does with more books in the series.
  2. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I picked Daisy Jones for this one but really I could have put down any of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books. When I picked up her books this last year I was aware of all of the hype and love surrounding her work but I didn’t expect to love them as much as I currently do. Taylor Jenkins Reid has easily become one of my all time favorite authors after reading just about all of her completed works this last year.
  3. Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers – One of my favorite aspects of reading science fiction is it’s ability to define what it means to be human by looking through a lens of other cultures and histories. I was crying at the end of the book because I was shocked by how well the author was able to discuss the beauty of humanity even after a major crisis and tragedy.
  4. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – While Reading Warbreaker I was able to completely escape into the pages of the book and identify with the main character. Warbreaker is one of those books I found myself completely incapable of putting down throughout the two days I read it. I was working as an intern while reading this and I listened to it non-stop when I got home from work. The story was captivating because it followed two sisters who are in roles they were never supposed to be in, but somehow are able to be extraordinary despite the odds against them.
  5. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – I know this series has its flaws but it’s very close to my heart. As much as I see the problems, I am also able to see all the things that make this series mean so much to me. I never expected this to be a series that comforted me and helped me work through some of the stress and anxiety I had a specific points in the last year.

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