*not all of the books are in the featured image because I’ve lent some to friends :)*

Since my “Reading 30 books in 2019” post I have already documented a few reads that I have completed since then on this blog, namely:

Reading Haruki Murakami
Character mood board: Midori. Green.
Review of John Williams’ Stoner: An Insight Into The Human Condition. 
Character Mood Board: Atticus Finch.

If you want to see how I have been enjoying these books, head over to those posts as I go into a little more specified detail about each read. In this post I just wanted to give you the run down on what I’ve read, my thoughts, reviews and recommendations.

Surprisingly, almost everything I have read so far I have really enjoyed, under good recommendation from others. So, there will be few bad words in this post but a definite list of which ones I preferred over others, so first, lets list what I’ve actually read.

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I’m going to separate them into three tiers, and list them in order of preference.

Tier 1: Absolutely LOVED and is up there with my favs.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami ☆☆☆☆☆
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami ☆☆☆☆
Educated by Tara Westover ☆☆☆☆
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami ☆☆☆

Luckily for me, I found my favourite author in the beginning of this goodreads challenge so that explains why ‘Haruki Murakami’ pops up a lot in the list of reads so far and 3/4 of the favs are also by him… I’m glad that my favourite books so far are 50/50 fiction and non-fiction because I love getting lost in a story and its characters as much as I love the enlightening message portrayed in non-fiction. I would 100% recommend all 4 of my top tier books of this year.

Tier 2: A thoroughly enjoyable read but probably wouldn’t need to read again.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee ☆☆☆
Men Without Woman by Haruki Murakami☆☆☆
Stoner by John Williams ☆☆☆☆
This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay ☆☆☆☆
Colourless Tsukuru And His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami ☆☆☆
I am Displaced by Malala Yousafzai ☆☆☆
Carnet De Voyage by Craig Thompson ☆☆☆

Although these are in tier 2, it definitely shouldn’t take away their shine. These were some EXCELLENT books, especially To Kill a Mockingbird, Stoner and This is Going To Hurt. They would have probably gone into tier 1, but they didn’t move me quite as much as the tier 1 books did.

Tier 3: Not really my kind of book and didn’t enjoy it all that much
Talking With Female Serial Killers ☆

I reaaaally didn’t like this one book, which is a shame because I almost had a perfect run. I just thought that it was badly written, had some bizarre opinions and I just didn’t like the approach to the novel.

I hope that you read some of the great novels I have so far this year and if you have any recommendations for what I should read throughout the rest of year make sure to let me know!


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