Anyone else recently spend $85 at Barnes & Noble? I’m guilty. I am a huge bookworm – I prefer reading to TV. I especially like reading before bed, after my phone is put away, to quiet my mind. Or, alternatively, for six hours straight on a Sunday. Anything is game. My reading usually dies down after Christmas, but after my audit busy seasons are over, I’m ready to crack open some new stories. Quarantine has amplified my desire to read, and I feel like I’m not the only one. I thought I would share some of my personal favorite books for anyone who is looking for a fresh read.
I started to try to put these in a favorites order, but I honestly couldn’t. There’s a pretty good mix, so hopefully something will pique your interest. My ask – support Barnes & Noble or a local bookstore over Amazon 🙂
1 – The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
This list isn’t in order, but I am pretty sure this is my favorite book. The entire read is super enthralling, told in the perspective of three female protagonists. I felt so many emotions throughout their journeys. When I finished the book, I had to sit and think about it for awhile. I am also a huge fan of her book Big Little Lies, but I think the Husband’s Secret is a little bit better. Both are incredible. Anything by Liane is incredible – I’ve also read and will endorse What Alice Forgot, Nine Perfect Strangers, and Truly, Madly Guilty as A+ reads.
Dan Brown books are a deviation from the type of books I usually read, but after the Moriarty books written above, these are easily my next favorite. I picked up my first Dan Brown book from my dad’s book library a year ago on a whim, and two weeks later, I had read all four of the books above. These books are so so so good – after each one, I feel like I have learned so much. It is evident how much research Dan puts into these books. I can’t recommend enough – they’re challenging, capturing, and just can’t be put down.
The books stop following a favorites order here – they’re all good.
3 – The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides
This was a book club read and I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I hadn’t heard of it before it was proposed as our next book. It’s a mystery with a wild twist at the end. All of us in the book club enjoyed it and recommend it to people as a must-read.
4 – The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware
This book is a true page-turner. Ruth Ware is another author that always gives me a great read, but I will plug that this is her best. The end is a mind-blow. I couldn’t put this one down. I don’t know what more to say about it without giving anything away, but trust me that it’s so good.
5 – How to Murder Your Life – Cat Marnell
This is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. If you have read the White Girl Problems books, you’ll like this (and if you haven’t read the White Girl Problems books – read them). But, plot twist, Cat Marnell is real. I am not usually a fan of memoirs, but Cat is the most extra person I have ever come across. She is literally the real-life version of Babe Walker, and just as funny. The book revolves around her life as a young girl from a wealthy family who gets addicted to drugs and partying. Its so good.
6 – The Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll
This book was not what I expected at all. It started as a classic relatable female protagonist books and takes a turn into something super deep and dark. It isn’t like anything else I have ever read. I could not put this down – highly recommend.
7 – Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult
This book may have given me one of the biggest mind blows of my life. Such a good twist at the end. Jodi Picoult has hit after hit – I have only read a handful of her books, but so far, this is my favorite. Worth it for the twist alone. The Storyteller by Jodi is also really good and is set in both present time and WWII.
Any book recs for me? I’d love to hear them! Comment below or DM my instagram.