Top 5 Tuesday is a meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where different topics are explored each week. Go check out her list this week because there are some great 2019 reads on there! Remember if you participate in the meme to link her back!
It’s only the second day of the week and I feel like it’s been a YEAR. I don’t know why this is moving so painfully slow for me but I’m *living* for that uninterrupted reading time that is the weekend. However, I really don’t have too much to complain about because I am truly the happiest I’ve been in months. 2019 is going to be a positive, joyful year full of new memories and happier times than 2018 gave me. So, this weeks T5T is about the books that we MUST READ in 2019, the one’s we’re most excited about and I’ve been gathering my list for the last couple of weeks, getting myself jived for my reading goals this year and it’s gonna be a good one!
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I wasn’t going to start my 2019 ‘must read’ list with literally any other book. Reid’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo completely knocked me off my feet when I read it this past year. It sky rocketed itself onto my favorites shelf and I still find myself thinking about how beautiful and moving I found Evelyn Hugo’s story. So TICKLE ME PINK when I see that she’s not just coming out with another book – but another historical fiction novel. This one, about a young girl coming of age in LA in the late sixties during the height of ‘sex, drugs and rock and roll’. It has the *essence* of Evelyn’s story since it’s about fame and fortune, and an up and coming woman so I was immediately sold. Not only that, but it’s already got hundreds of ARC readers leaving glowing reviews. If this one isn’t on your radar or you haven’t read Evelyn Hugo you need to right yourself and do it! You won’t regret it – I promise.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
So I’ve mentioned it here and there, but I kind of burned myself out on thrillers in 2018. I was binge reading them at a speed that was really crazy. HOWEVER, there’s something so captivating about the genre and mysteries in general so I’m looking forward to getting back into the game. I wouldn’t have even heard of The Silent Patient except that it was suggested for a group read by the ever amazing Traveling Sisters. I’m still waiting for approval for the ARC (who knows) but whether or not I get it, this one is high on my list.
An artist comes home, shoots her husband in the face multiple times and never says another word. I mean COME ON, how could that not make you need to know what happened! Not only that, but instead of the story progression being through police officers it’s through a criminal psychotherapist. Police procedural gets a little tedious for me, so I’m excited to see the information unfold from a therapist instead. As an admitted true-crime junkie, I’ve got a real interest in criminal psychology so I’m extra excited about this one!
The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker
I’ve never been a resolution person – but I set one in 2018 and totally killed it so I’m feeling extra motivated this year. Most of my resolutions this time around are about rounding myself as a person, bringing positivity and contentment into my life and making sure the energy I put out into the world is the same. I am shunning negative, toxic energy from others and standing in the proverbial light that is the new year.
*Well, except Whole30 – that one was a *suggestion* made by my husbands transplant team to adjust to having no gallbladder + regenerating a new liver. Its beside the point but I’m doing it with him so I’m counting it as a resolution – sue me (I miss cheese). I could go on for days about various diets and weird nutritional changes we’ve had to make surrounding the surgery (the week before it was essentially ONLY processed foods) but it’s short term and really not so bad, so I WILL QUIT WHINING, MY BAD.*
Anywho, The Art of Gathering is perfect in this sense. I’ve seen such a wonderful response to it and as mentioned in my review yesterday, I want to focus on not just my mental well being and physical health but my social health as well. Learning how to be comfortable with myself and allow people in – not just my 20+ squad – but new relationships and bonds as well.
The Toll (Arc of a Scythe, #3) by Neal Shusterman
Alright, this one HURTS ya’ll. It doesn’t have a cover OR a synopsis yet. However, needless to say – because I’m sure you’ve seen my relentless enthusiasm about Scythe and Thunderhead (books one and two) that I’m freakin’ AMPED on this book. I definitely plan on picking up some more of Schusterman’s work this year because so far, everything I’ve read by him as been fan-freakin-tastic. However, my number one book to anticipate in 2019 is the next installment of the Arc of a Scythe series. If you’ve read the second novel in the series, then you know how it ends, and if you know how it ends then you UNDERSTAND MY PAIN. I really couldn’t be more on the edge of my seat for this one. BONUS: My husband and I read it together so we get to *not so patiently* wait for it together.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
So I can’t really explain why exactly I’m so amped on this one – while it is fantasy, it’s not generally my *vibe*. However, after reading reviews and seeing this pop up on so many lists and GR/Blog friends pages I couldn’t help but check it out from the library. I’ve got a couple of books in front of it but I’m super excited to get to reading this one! Set in Russia, it is sure to have all the *snowy vibes* that Texas does not have (although, it’s been STUNNING here since Saturday so I can’t complain). This is a retelling on a bunch of Russian folktales and lore (which means I check that box off the popsugar challenge – woo!) but it appears to be so much more. Even from reading the synopsis, I’m not sure exactly what this is going to be about but I’m super pumped nonetheless. I’m also hoping this one mentions a few Russian foods so I can try my hand at it, considering I’ve been traveling all over the world with my recipe + read posts.
*HONORABLE RESOLUTION MENTION* So, if you can’t tell – I’m pretty good with rigid rules. Whole30 is working for me a) because my husband really has to do it because *doctors* and b) it has super strict rules and it’s a 30 day challenge (I don’t see how this could realistically be a lifestyle). Well, in the vein of 30 day challenges, I also started another one for January – a 30 day yoga challenge. I’m in week two of this and if anyone is interested in making positive changes to their health, while I won’t lambaste Whole30 (I’m seeing positive changes for sure – I’ll do a whole post on it at the end with my thoughts), it’s also not what I’d suggest at this point in the challenge (but honestly, what do I know – all bodies and people are different and some people really seem to love Whole30).
HOWEVER, what I would and am suggesting to anyone who will listen is Yoga with Adriene. I’ve done a lot of searching for online yoga videos and things of the sort and they always leave me not feeling as good as a regular class – but classes are expensive and hard to fit into a busy schedule. Don’t fret – Adriene is here! She’s got yoga for literally everything (yoga for when you’re sick, for when you’re sad, for strength training, weight loss etc etc) but I’m currently participating in her Dedicate 30 day challenge.
She is by far the most accessible, knowledgeable and enjoyable online *any type of workout* instructor I’ve ever come across. She’s funny, calming, top notch at explaining everything, she doesn’t shade anyone, is incredibly uplifting and positive and makes you feel good about making the choice to take the ‘journey’ with her. The hour long sessions don’t feel anything like an hour and when I’m done, I always feel really good. I really can’t suggest her enough! *Plus she does yoga with her dog Benji and her studio is stunning – both of which you wouldn’t think would matter, but make it even better!*
So if you can’t tell, I’m ALL BOUT THEM RESOLUTIONS this year. The transplant surgery was a really life changing experience for my husband and I, so I really want to focus in 2019 on health – mental, social and physical. For me personally, there’s nothing better for my mental health than reading!
What are some of the books in 2019 you just HAVE to read? Have you read any of these novels? If so, what did you think? Drop me a note in the comments and let me know!