My Top 5 Fiction Reads: Halfway Through 2018

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As an avid reader, I get asked, “what are you reading?” pretty much all of the time. Which I am TOTALLY FINE answering.

I will talk books all day long if you let me!

But, this year I’ve been slipping a little. Reading much less than I normally do. I’m chalking most of that up to being busy. The other half is probably that I haven’t been really in love with anything that I’ve read lately. But, I have read a few good books that I think some of you might will love. In a normal year, this list would be much longer. I’ll try harder the second half of this year. But, I’ve compiled my top 5 fiction reads (so far this year) for you:


All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin is a given. I’ve got pretty much all of her books in a place of honor on my shelf. She is one of my favorite modern day authors. I will say this book deals with much heavier stuff than her books normally do. It was HARD to read at parts. But, it was also hard to put down. I read it in 2 days. I am not going to give anything away, but I will say THANK GOD I grew up in the days before social media.

The Little French Bistro by Nina George was pretty good. I fell in love with her writing when I read The Little Paris Bookshop last year, and this one was similar. Her descriptions of the French seaside made me want to book a trip. And I’m always a fan of books where people find out who they really are, even when it’s at the end of their lives. It’s a little slow, but sweet.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig was different than any other book I’ve read it a long time. It’s a little fantasy, sci-fi ish. It’s got some romance peppered in, but once you start reading it, you’ll quickly be able to tell where that part is going fast. It’s a little heartbreaking at times. But, I also love how many years the book spans. You’ll get to read a little bit about almost every time period you can imagine.

In a Dark, Dark Wood was probably the best thriller that I’ve read so far this year. I’m pretty sure I read through it in one afternoon. I find many thrillers to be a little predictable, but this one wasn’t too easy to decipher early on, and I like that. Some of the characters are just grating, and irritating. But, I think that is sometimes the sign of a good author.

Hugo and Rose– Let me start out by saying, the first half of this book had me so hooked that I could not put it down. The story was so original, and you just HAVE TO know what is going to happen next. On the other hand, I DID NOT like the direction that it ended up taking. I was a little irked, honestly. But, again. It kept me reading until the end.

It was REALLY HARD for me to even choose 5 books for this year, but these are definitely the top! What have you been reading and loving lately?

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