Friday Five | Five Favorite Books I've Read Lately

Fri-yay! Do you have plans or do you want to kick back and read a great book? I love to read. Try borrowing these from the library for a lazy, relaxing weekend!

1.) All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I gave 3 people this book last year because I loved it so much. It is a historical fiction novel that takes place in Europe during WW2 about a father and daughter. It’s incredibly well written and a beautiful story.

2.) Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I knew this movie would be coming out last year and I had never read a single Agatha Christie book. I loved Nancy Drew when I was little and it reminded me of a more grown-up version of that. The ending totally shocked me, which is the best kind of mystery to read. It’s a very easy, quick read and it was just what I needed after a lot of intellectual reading earlier this year. (I was on a Teddy Roosevelt biography kick.)

3.) Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin

I loved this. Steve Martin is a great writer! Who knew? It was funny, interesting and a little poignant at times. I enjoy stories about how people or companies go from unknown to famous and the process, hiccups and adjustments that happened along the way. If you like those, too, I think you’ll like this book.

4.) At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

Nerd Alert! Okay, this one will not be for everyone. If you enjoy non-fiction and are interested in really ordinary things, you will like this. Did I sell you? I didn’t think so! When I shared that I read this on Instagram, someone else commented that they liked it, too, so I am not alone in my nerdiness!

5.) The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

This is another historical fiction novel about Charles Lindbergh and his wife, who was a pioneer in aviation along side her husband. Their real-life story is incredible. This author does an amazing job imagining the parts of her story that history leaves out. I devoured this on vacation and could not stop thinking about it.


By the way, I keep track of books I read in the Good Reads app. You can add books that you’ve read, books that you’d like to read, and you can rate them. This is perfect for me because I can never remember the titles or authors of books I’ve read and then I have nothing to recommend. This jogs my memory. Every few weeks, I look through the “Want to Read” section and reserve some library books. I also take pictures of books I want to read while I am at Barnes and Noble or online and then add them to my list so I remember what to get at the library. It’s great!