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Another discussion post! Woot!
Y’all must know how much I love to talk by now. Today’s post is all about my favorite novels. Honestly, this could be a huge list… but well worth it, am I right? Novels are great books if they are done right. You don’t have to invest a ton of time into them like a series, be left with cliffhangers, or worry about if you are reading them in the right order. A good novel will introduce you characters you love or hate, have a great storyline full of twists and turns, and a nice conclusion to wrap up the main character’s problem/story. I honestly probably enjoy a novel more than I do a series at times, so without further ado, let’s talk about some of our favorites! Please be warned, there will be potential for spoilers for the books listed here, so if you do not want a spoiler, please don’t read ahead!

  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
    • Storytime! I was introduced to Fredrik Backman from a book club I was apart of. This is a great story and often recommended for book clubs. Ove is a tired, grumpy old man who is not used to the changing of one’s life. He likes his house in neat order, he Saab in the garage, and loves his wife. Well into old age, Ove just wants to be left alone until he dies, but he meets a young family who moves in next door, who changes his ways of thinking. Suddenly, he’s now heavily involved with his neighbors, including two young girls, a heavily pregnant mom, a husband who Ove thinks is a little useless when it comes to maintenance on the house, an overweight gentleman, and a gay teenager. Ove has a lot of lessons to learn, and Backman is amazing at weaving in the emotions through the text. One minute you are laughing, the next, sobbing. I fell in love with this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good read that will leave a smile (or a few tears) on your face.
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
    • Ruth Ware has had some hits and misses in the book world. Tons of people (including myself) love her work, while others seem to be disappointed with it. I happen to fall into the fan side of it, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway was one of my favorite reads so far this year. It has just the right amount of spookiness, without it being a Stephen King horror show. Imagine it being super foggy outside, the red and orange leaves falling to the ground, and a hint of Halloween is outside your window, while you curl up with a steaming mug of tea or coffee, and this book in your lap. Yeah, that’s the kind of feel we are going for here. Ware writes up some great characters, each with their own quirks, and I love how such a dysfunctional family could interact with each other. If you are curious to read a full review, I do have it up on my site, here’s a link to it!
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  • Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
    • This book, I’ve already said before, blew me away. Heavily influence with a Viking/Nordic feel, you are immersed in Evie’s world, which involve witchcraft, handsome princes, and the price you pay to the Sea Witch to feed your families. Henning does a beautiful job at spinning a mystical world full of secrets, love, folklore, and even some modern amenities, like steam-power boats. The ending was not at all what I expected, and I think most people really enjoy that about the book. While this might not count fully as a novel, as the author just released a second book, I’m counting it as a novel because it was one for a while! For a full review, check out my review here:
  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
    • I obviously am into witchcraft/spooky shit. The Wicked Deep is yet another book I really enjoyed reading. It follows a tale of three sisters who were drowned in the harbor after being accused of witchcraft. The three sisters vowed to put a curse on the town, that every year, near the date of their execution, they would come back to haunt the town and drown three boys of their own. I love how Ernshaw creates such a spooky setting for her story, it’s like Halloween on pieces of paper. And I love the ending, it was a good surprise on how to wrap the story up. For a full review, check it out on my site at

I could probably go on and on with more books, but these are definitely my more recent favorites. 2019 was a great year for books! I’m sure this list will just grow and grow, so keep an eye out for more fun reads, and let me know in the comments what are YOUR favorite novels. I’m always looking for suggestions. 🙂

Until next time!

The Library Lady

One thought on “Discussion Post – My favorite Novels

  1. Ro says:

    I love reading. ❤


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