I have to preface this by saying: MY THREE FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR SO FAR ARE MISSING FROM THIS STACK. Because I’ve loaned them to other people. But, they were so so so sososoossooooo good that I need you not to just look at the picture and please read this copy first!
Not pictured, but my favorites: Daisy Jones & The Six // Verity // The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
The Nightengale // Where The Crawdads Sing // Then She Was Gone // It Ends With Us // The Vanishing Half
Such A Fun Age // The Last Mrs. Parrish // Firefly Lane
Ok, so the first thing you should know is that before 2021, I did not read a fiction book for at least ten years. The last real book I read was The Circle Maker, which I loved and learned so much from, but I did not read for fun, and definitely did not read fiction. It’s the creative/workaholic in me, I feel like there’s always something I can be making, doing or getting inspired to do later. I don’t watch tv, aside from a movie or two on the weekend, I mostly just love them for background noise, so the thought of spending every day reading fiction books was just so bizarre to me.
Until I read one.
It was Christmas break, those lazy days in between Christmas and New Years, where it snowed outside and we just lounged around all day with not a whole lot to do. My friend Jami gave me her copy of Daisy Jones & The Six and I finally got bored enough to open it. You guys, I was hooked in half an hour. I could not put it down and was already dreaming up all the books I could read next. Enneagram 7s get really obsessed with new hobbies really fast. I absolutely loved the book, it was a total 10/10 for me and I was so sad when it was over!!
After that, I polled you guys on Instagram and got tons of amazing suggestions. I grabbed a few of the most popular recommendations and got right to work!!!
Verity // The second book I read and I looooooved. I didn’t think I would love thrillers but it was so good!! It is a little dark and twisted, and I’m a wimp with stuff like this, but I loved it anyway! The ending is SOOOO good!! 9.9/10! (only because some parts disturbed me).
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo // I finished this book right before we had friends over for dinner, and I was seriously sad all night because it was over and I missed the characters. Anyone else ever do this? I also LOVED this book, ugh, it is just so sweet and tragic all at the same time. But might be my favorite of all so far! 10/10!!!
The Nightengale // Sob fest. Like actual ugly crying with a bed full of tissues. It’s an incredible book and I’m so glad that I read it, even though I swore I wasn’t going to read anything sad. But truly soooo good. I do feel like the first half is super slow (and it is a long ass book) I had a hard time staying into it, but the ending is worth it, it is so bittersweet and heartbreaking but gives you so much closure. It gets a solid 9/10!
Then She Was Gone // Ok, it’s a freaking page turner and a total thriller, but I hated it. And I think I threw it when I read the last page. I wanted it to end differently, I guess. Boo. It gets a 5.5/10 because it really is entertaining & well written, but it’s a no for me, dawg.
Where the Crawdads Sing // Funny story about this one, over the summer my mom read it and I convinced her to tell me the entire story & ending, because “I don’t read fiction books so it’s not like I’ll ever read it…” Until I left my other book at the lake house and decided I’d just read it anyway. AND I’M SO GLAD I DID!!!!!!! The entire world was right, this is one of the best books ever and I loved it with my whole heart. If you don’t read any other book, at least read this one. It will change you and your outlook on life and other people. 10/10!!!
Currently reading Firefly Lane, which I also looove so far and cannot wait to see where it goes! And I can’t wait to read all the rest (pictured and linked above) because you guys have all RAVED about them!!!!
I also want to emphasize that I told myself for years “I am just not a reader…” which honestly just meant I wasn’t making time for it and it was not a priority. So to fit it in, instead of working until the second I shut my eyes, or scrolling on my phone before bed, I plug in all of my technology and strictly go to bed with a book. Brandon and I both read for an hour before bed now, and we cannot stress enough how much better we sleep by not looking at a screen before you close your eyes!! So if this is you, I encourage you to give reading a try, even if you’re “not a reader.”
Ok tell me in the comments, what is your favorite book of all time!! And if you’ve read any of these, did you love them?! I’ll share another BOOK CLUB post in a few weeks with reviews of the rest & share what’s up next! XO
Daisy Jones & The Six // Verity // The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo // The Nightengale // Where The Crawdads Sing // Then She Was Gone // It Ends With Us // The Vanishing Half // Such A Fun Age // The Last Mrs. Parrish // Firefly Lane