I've Read 42 Books This Year. Here Are My Top 5

Guest blog by Breanna Hagelberg

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I set a goal at the beginning of the year to read 50 books and so far, I’ve read 42. Books are such a great escape from life. There’s nothing like getting lost in your own imagination and exploring a new world that an author creates. I’ve picked five of my favorites to review for you in no particular order. I give a book about 100 pages and if I’m not dying to keep reading, I move onto another. I am at the library 2-3 times a week so if I don’t like one, I can easily swap it out. I don’t feel like enough people use their local library. It’s such a great resource and you should check yours out. 

Small Great Things 

By Jodi Picoult

I don’t normally care for books with alternating points of view but this was easy to follow. It tugs you in a bunch of different directions and makes you think about some difficult and challenging situations, which is what a good book should do. My favorite thing about this book is that I can tell that a lot of research went into writing it and because of that, I learned and kept thinking about it after the final pages. Powerful, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking. A must read. 

Where the Crawdads Sing 

By Delia Owens

Do you appreciate nature’s beauty? Do you like a good love story mixed with murder and mystery? Do you root for the underdog? If you said yes to any or all of those questions, then this is the book for you. This was Delia’s first book and she knocked it out of the park. I follow her on Instagram and you should to @authordeliaowens


By Stephen King

I was always scared to pick up a Stephen King book until my mom pushed me to try. I am from the Dallas area and the tragic assassination of JFK that took place so close to my home always tugs at my heart. Unlike most of King’s books, this isn’t scary at all and is incredible historical fiction. I could feel each character come to life and despite its length, this book never lost my attention. There is a charming and honest portrayal of the 50’s and early 60’s, and it explores both the good and bad from that era. There is also romance without being sappy and the dialogue is laced with humor. I can’t say enough good things about this one, I was sad when it was over. 

Something in the Water 

By Catherine Steadman 

What would a reading list be without a psychological thriller? I almost gave up on it at first but by sticking with it, I was sucked back in. The best kind of thrillers are ones that make you ask yourself, “What would I do?” in a particularly dire situation.I found myself unsure a lot during this book about what I would do if I found something in the water. It’s my favorite kind of suspense building story. One bad decision leads to another. Just read it. You too will be wondering what you’d do with what is found. 

City of Girls

By Elizabeth Gilbert

The author wanted to write a book that went down like a champagne cocktail and she definitely did! This takes place in in New York during the 1940’s (can you tell that I love historical fiction?) and my favorite part was the way the author describes what New York was like during that time. The dresses, the theatre, and the exploration of society during that time was impressive. It was like time traveling.  The characters make the book and they are full of energy, wit, and wisdom.  I wanted the main character to be my friend in real life so I could take her to coffee and hang out with her. Hopefully you will to after you read it.

I've Read 42 Books This Year. Here are My Top 5

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Breanna Hagelberg Guest Blogger


Breanna is an Oregon transplant from Texas. She’s an avid runner, reader, and mother to daughter, Vivienne.

She loves traveling & DIY.

Last meal on Earth: Cajun seafood

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