We are a little more than halfway through 2019. Can you believe it?As I was thinking about what to write for today’s post, I realized that I was halfway to completing to my Goodreads challenge of 75 books. So I thought I would look back at what I read so far this year and share my five favorites.
I have read some really good books this year, but there are a few that really stand out and I can’t stop talking about them. These are the books that made the list.
I had to read this for book club and I really enjoyed it. There are so many themes that Lee touches on in this family saga from ethnicity and identity to family and loyalty. You can read my full review here.
Another family saga I absolutely loved. Gyasi unfolds a story about two half-sisters and their parallel stories, one that is based in Africa and one that is in America. The book is setup more as a series of vignettes as each generation of each family is impacted by pivotal moments from British Colonialism in Africa to the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement in America. You can read my review, but just know, I read this in February and I still think about it.
Apparently this is the year for family sagas. I was actually surprised by how much I liked The Invention of Wings. It totally snuck up on me and closed the book with tears streaming down my face because my heart was overflowing. This story weaves two storylines about a white women and her African American slave to create a powerful story that blends slave rights with women’s rights. You can read more in my review.
Everyone knows Margaret Atwood because of “The Handmaid’s Tale” but I highly encourage people to read this one as well. This book is a slow read but it ends up delivering a powerful punch in the end that you were not expecting. You can read more in my review, but I am now on a serious mission to read Atwood’s other books.
I just finished reading this book a little while ago but I can’t stop talking about it. In fact, I was at the pool the other day and it came up in conversation because another person had read it. Westover’s story is definitely inspirational and reaffirms how important an education is. See my review here.
Looking at this list, I am surprised that only one of these books were from book clubs. Usually, it is because of book club that I find great reads. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings.
Until then…keep reading.