Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books that Exceeded my Expectations

Hey Bookwyrms! I’m so excited to participate in Shanah’s Top 5 Tuesday this month. If you’d like to check out the different prompts for February and participate, click here .

I love going into a book with a bleak, neutral or excited feeling, and find that the book exceeds all of my expectations. It feels great to just gush over a good book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Here are my top 5:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

We all know how hyped THUG was in the bookstaverse! And so I went into it with high hopes as well as some reservations. Well, I was completely blown out of the water. It was the first book in a long while that made me cry, laugh, get up and dance, and so much more. I went through a whirlwind of emotions that brought forth hope, but also despair. Because although its a work of fiction, in alot of ways THUG highlights and discusses our reality. I strongly believe The Hate U Give is a necessary read.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

I had no expectations going into this quirky romance. I simply wanted to read it based on the cover. And I’m so glad I did! Get a Life, Chloe Brown pulled me in from the first page. I effortlessly fell in love with Chloe Brown and her sisters. As well as, Redford in all his red-headed, tattooed glory. Hibbert does a great job combining personal struggles with witty banter, relatable characters and a steamy romance that will have you fanning yourself in public lol

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Okay so I won’t lie, I went into reading Becoming with high expectations. However, I didn’t realize just how impactful my forever First Lady’s memoir would be. So much so, I decided to write an open letter to Michelle Obama based on the chapter that burrowed deep into my heart and followed me through the remainder of the story. If you’d like to read more of my thoughts on Becoming, click here.

The Write Escape and Hearts on Hold by Charish Reid

My final two books, are coincidentally by the same author, Charish Reid. The Write Escape was my number one book for 2019 and Hearts on Hold is on track for being one of my top ten books for 2020. If you can’t tell by this list, I’m a huge fan of romance/ contemporary romance novels. But there are oh so many tropes in the genre that are used and re-used that it can get a bit … repetitive. And so when you find a book and an author who takes these very common tropes and transcends them, hold onto them and don’t let go. That is how I feel about Reid’s books. The Write Escape and Hearts on Hold both have a way of drew me in and held my attention from start to finish.

And there we have it, my top 5 books that exceeded my expectation. What are some books that you’ve enjoyed recently? Did you see any of them on this list? Let me know in the comments down below.