Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year

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On Wednesdays I post my “Top 5” which comes from a Goodreads group that creates topics for bloggers to write about. However, as I mentioned in last week’s post, the moderator is taking a hiatus for the Summer (June, July, & August) so the topics are kind of up to bloggers at the moment.

Last week I kept to the topic for the first week of June of 2018, but this week I’m going off script a little! Today, I’m doing “Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year”. I figured that since we’ve reached the half way point of 2019, it’s a perfect time to assess what books I’ve still got on my “have to read this year” TBR!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter (Series) – J.K. Rowling

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I made such a big deal about wanting to read this series when 2019 came around and yet I’ve still not even purchased the books! I still really want to at least get started with this series sometime before this year ends. Maybe I can finally start once July comes around… we’ll see.


A Very Large Expanse of SeaA Very Large Expanse of Sea – Hahereh Mafi

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I saw a huge incline in talk surrounding this book around the end of last year, and I’d really like to catch up to everyone else and read it. Novels like this are so important (Muslim rep, LGBTQ+ rep, POC rep) and I’m really hoping to get to read it soon (even though I’m literally the only factor that influences whether or not I do indeed read this before the year is up).


Sawkill GirlsSawkill Girls – Claire Legrand

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At first, I wanted badly to read this book because the synopsis gives me majorly creepy vibes and I’m always down for a majorly creepy book. Now, however, I’m anxious to read it ASAP because the reviews on it from my friends on GR have been.. mixed, to say the least. Half of the people marked it as DNF and the other half rated it 4-5 stars. I mostly just want to see what the deal is.

Privilege (Privilege, #1)Privilege (Series) – Kate Brian

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I have absolutely no idea why I’ve convinced myself that I just have to read this series. It’s a spin-off of the Private series by the same author, and even though I’ve read the entire Private collection like 4 times, I’ve never felt inclined to reach for the Privilege series?? Until now, that is. I also feel this overwhelming need to read the 6 books ASAP, since I just finished the Private series and everything is still fresh in my brain (as if it hasn’t already been branded into my memory from reading it so many times).

We Told Six LiesWe Told Six Lies – Victoria Scott

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Hi, hello, my name is Brittany and I’m a poor excuse for a thriller genre addict. I am always telling everyone that mysteries/thrillers are my favorite and yet, I’ve barely read any this year!? So, I’d like to fix that, and while I’d really be happy at this point with any good YA thriller, this is one that’s been on my TBR since last year. Oh and I’m obsessed with the cover (literally only because of the colors).


What books are you hoping to get to before 2019 ends? Talk to me (:



16 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year

  1. Omg I’m so excited for you to read hp! The books are phenomenal, they’re a sign of the times for sure but still legendary books! And I am also very guilty of saying I love thriller books and never reading them😂 it’s one of reading goals is to pick up more thriller/mystery books because I always end up enjoying them!

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    1. It’s seriously crazy that I haven’t read the HP books because I feel like every single book lover has! I’ve read the first book and the fourth (completely out of order) but even that was like… a really long time ago lol. I definitely need to start them. And thrillers/mysteries are just so fun to read! I love them, but I feel like I read books from YA most of the time and it’s a lot harder to find YA thrillers! 😦

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      1. Literally! They’re usually the reason most people start reading (me included!) so I’m sure you will love them! and I know! They’re definitely need to be more! I love a good thriller but it can get a bit boring when it’s concerning some 30-year olds divorce or something hahaha so yeah some more YA thrillers would be nice!

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      2. I finally purchased the HP books over the weekend and will be starting them soon. I’ll let you know how I feel about them! And EXACTLY! Adult thrillers can be a bit more morbid but the story behind them tends to be a bit boring in my opinion! Have you read any of Kara Thomas’s books? She has some decent YA thrillers. They aren’t my favorites, but they are pretty quick reads and still interesting enough to keep you invested in the story. I think Little Monsters is my favorite of hers.

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      3. omg yay! pls, pls do little updates I want to come along the journey with you! and hahaha agreed! Like I get your husbands dead but you were going to divorce him anyway Sharon?? ugh! hahaha and no I haven’t! I’ll definitly check them out though, going to add them on my Goodreads now!

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    1. I actually had a buddy read planned for the series at the beginning of the year but I forgot all about buying the books and now I’m sure my partner has forgotten about me altogether 😂 And thank you!! I hope I like it as well!

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  2. I am also going to try and read Harry Potter before the end of the year, though for me it’ll be a reread haha. I plan on starting in July because that is Harry’s birth month. I honestly don’t know what other books I want to read before the end of the year, I should really start thinking about that.

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      1. Now I’m tempted to start them earlier haha, if both you and Brianna are reading them I don’t know if I’ll be able to resist 😂 The first time I read the series in fourth grade I finished them all in a month and like a week (who knows how honestly), the second time I did a book about every month and a half to two and a half months to it took me like a year. I have two modes apparently.

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