5 star reads of 2019

I recently posted my #fivestarstack on Instagram and thought I would like to share with you all my 5 star reads of 2019… so far.

I’m going to start by saying it takes a lot for me to give a book 5 stars and this year there have only been 5 books that have made me feel something so deeply that I had no choice but to give them 5 stars.

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Oh Daisy – beautiful, broken and self-destructive; aching to be heard, to be loved. Daisy Jones & the Six is everything I think of when I think about the 70’s rock ‘n’ roll scene. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s powerful portrayal of addiction, fame and excess is beyond perfect. Her unique writing style – the novel written as an interview transcript – was like nothing I have read before. The inclusion at the end of the song lyrics was genius. My only complaint is that the band is fictional and I don’t get to hear the songs for real. Hopefully there will be a movie adaptation of this one.

This is how it always is by Laurie Frankel

I listened to this one on Audible and loved it so much I ended up ordering copy to have on my shelf.  Heartwarming, funny and thought provoking; a story of a modern family – Rosie, Penn and their five ‘boys’ – and what happens when their youngest tells them he wants to be a girl when he grows up. Compassionate and complex, this is a story of love, parenting, gender identity and the lengths we will go to support and protect the ones we love.

Eleanor & Park

Oh to be 16 again! This young adult fiction; romantic and so beautifully written; bought back vivid memories of first love – the many mix tapes, love letters, the initial awkwardness and fierce protection of each other no matter the consequences.

A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I have never loved a grumpy old man and his story so much. Ove gave me all the feels. I laughed, I cried, I loved.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Incredibly beautiful and well written, it is the story of Kya ‘the marsh girl’; her longing to belong and be loved; her affinity with the natural world of the marsh; her inner strength despite everything she has faced.

Are any of these in your 5 star stack? Comment below and share your 5 star reads of 2019. I’d love to hear from you.

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