5 Star Books (so far) 2019

If I wait until the end of the year to bring you this list it may be overwhelming.

It’s July. We’re officially half-way through the year and I’ve already read 13 books that I recommend so highly I gave them 5-stars. Get that to-be-read list ready, I’ve ranked them for you below.

13. My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville

This science fiction book, originally published in 1989, got a rewrite and a new cover. Although there are some changes it all still begins when Susan suspects her substitute teacher may be an alien.

12. The Black Book by James Patterson and David Ellis

Published in 2017

This crime thriller follows Detective Patti Harney in a backwards and forwards progression bringing suspense as she attempts to find who is responsible for a double murder.

11. Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Published in 2007

Told in a series of poems, this young adult novel follows Patty as she struggles to find her place in the world.

10. Every Day by David Levithan

Published in 2012

This wildly unique take on a young adult romance book follows A, a soul who wakes up in a different body every day.

9. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Published in 1989

This historical fiction tells of the escape of a Jewish family from Denmark during WWII.

8. The Green Mile by Stephen King

Originally Published in 1996

This is the story of death row supervisor, Paul Edgecombe, and the year he encountered John Coffey, the inmate with abilities no one ever expected.

7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Published in 2005

This historical fiction story opens with a busy Death collecting souls in 1939 Germany. 

6. The Wicked King by Holly Black

Published in 2019

The second book in the series that began with The Cruel Prince follows Jude, a human living among the faeries who despise her kind.

5. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Published in 2018

This emotionally charged book takes place in Jackson, Mississippi at a women’s clinic that provides, among other services, abortions. They’re targeted daily by pro-life campaigners. But this day is more extreme.

4. Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

Published in 2014

This crime novel is the first in a trilogy following Bill Hodges and his attempt to bring down a horrific killer.

3. The Deceivers by Kristin Simmons

Published in 2019

This young adult book follows a group of good kids who are needed to do some very bad things at Vale Hall, the school for con artists.

2. Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard

Published in 2018

This thriller follows a mentally disturbed young man as he tries to track down a woman who was kidnapped right before his eyes.

1. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Originally Published in 2012

This contemporary fiction follows a cranky old man who follows rules and has no patience for those who do not. It’s a story about unlikely friendships, love, and pain.


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Looking for a more specific book recommendation? Comment below with two or three of the last titles you loved and I’ll do my best to find something else to recommend.

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