T5W: Books You Want to Read Before 2019

Back when I tried to post 5 videos a week for a VERY short time, I really enjoyed discussing the topics from the Top 5 Wednesday Group!

This post is about discussing the top 5 books I am going to prioritizing for the end of the year!

5. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi 

I recently have had very little interest in reading contemporaries, but Tahereh is definitely one of my top 5 authors when it comes to writing. Hers is just so lyrical and whimsical, it’s amazing! Also the topic of this book is very different from anything I’ve read, so I definitely want to read this before the end of the year.


It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.

4. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This book only caught my attention in September, although it’s been out since June 2017, and it’s definitely made the rounds on BookTube. Even though so many people mentioned this book in their hauls and tbrs, I didn’t realize that this was a historical fiction until September and then I finally read the synopsis thanks to Book-of-the-Month, and knew that I had to get it! I’m very excited to read it.


Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

3. Vicious & Vengeful by VE Schwab

I have been very aware of Vicious over the past few years but never felt interested in reading it until I started reading some of her other books and absolutely felt enchanted by her storytelling. I immediately purchased Vengeful even though I hadn’t read Vicious yet, and feel no guilt over owning two copies of each book despite not having read either, ha! I really want to be caught up in all the VE Schwab books by the end of 2018.


Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. 

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My goodness this is a book that I have been meaning to read FOREVER. I’m sure many of you know how much I love historical fiction, and this is one of the most famous historical fictions of them all on my shelf. It has been on my monthly tbrs countless of times and yet I’ve never read it. Hopefully this will change before the end of 2018!


Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

1.The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I have had the first three books in the series on my shelves forever as well! The fourth book is supposed to be releasing in 2019, and I really would like to be caught up by the time it comes out.


The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

Thank you all for reading! Please let me know what are some of your top 5 reads are before the end of 2018 in the comments below!

Love always,

Abi 🙂

2 thoughts on “T5W: Books You Want to Read Before 2019

  1. I have 8 books on my currently reading shelf so my goal is to finish them all this year (and I’m afraid I could fail) xD

    Good luck with your reading.


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