I know I did a book list at the very beginning of the year with some recs for 2018 but I thought I’d put a few more ideas out there of books I have read so far this year and enjoyed.
I am always looking to add more books to my library list and Audible list and hopefully many of you feel the same.
This year I started keeping track of my to read list on Goodreads.com and it is fun to see how many I can check off the list. I am at 15 books so far but note only some I actually read. I listen to a lot of books on Audible so that explains how I can get through so many. Otherwise I only get about 10-20 pages at night before I fall asleep. Do you have that problem too?
Here are a few that I have enjoyed recently:
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
This book was on the Reese Witherspoon book club and I actually get great recommendations from her! Remember she is the force behind Little Big Lies and Wild and Gone Girl so she has picked some great books to turn into movies/shows.
The book reminds me a lot of Me Before You so if you liked that one, you will have a hard time putting this one down. It is the story of two college kids that meet and fall deeply in love only to have careers tear them apart. Gabe leaves for a career in the Middle East, leaving Lucy behind to create a life without him. Thirteen years later we revisit the couple to see if love can last…
That doesn’t do the story justice but you can click here to pick it up or read a bit more.
The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine
Um.. so this was from Reese’s book club too but I actually picked it up before she announced it so I am not a complete copycat right? I really loved this book. I didn’t think I would but holy moly what a rollercoaster ride.
This for sure reminds me of Little Big Lies- as it once again reminds you that appearances can be so deceiving. The story is about Amber, a dull, young woman that feels she deserves more from life and Daphne, a beautiful socialite that seems to have it all. The boom definitely reminds me of Single White Female but I still found lots of unexpected twists in the plot and it was really hard to put down. I think I read this book cover to cover in just a few days.
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
I normally would not have picked this one up but it was recommended by a friend and I went for it. This is the story of young kids growing up in the 1960’s and trying to grapple with a family history of magic. As they grow up they learn about the power they have and a curse that prevents them from ever falling in love.
Can they break the curse? Not telling. Give this one a chance. It is a great read.
My Mrs Brown by William Norwich
This wasn’t a super page turned like the books above but I still really enjoyed this one. If you need a sweet, simple and uplifting story, this is a great one to pick up. I wanted a break from some more intense books I was reading and this was just the ticket.
Mrs Brown is a quiet and well mannered woman living a very unassuming life in New England. She sets her sites on purchasing an absolutely perfect Oscar de la Renta gown and the story progresses as we learn how Mrs Brown generates the income to purchase her prized dress, her adventure picking it up in NYC and we finally get the story of where she plans to wear her dress.
It is a sweet story that I enjoyed and I wish Mrs Brown was my neighbor. Click here to pick it up or read a bit more.
Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
I am a big fan of Brene Brown and I have to admit I haven’t read this one quite yet. I am just finishing the very last part of Daring Greatly. Considering Daring Greatly was a best seller about size years ago- I assume I am the only one on the planet that hasn’t read it and decided to recommend her newest book to you instead.
Brene is just amazing and talks about really living your best life by openness, truth and vulnerability. Her books do require concentration and effort to get through as it is self help but they are so worth it in the end.
I like to read something like this that is dense with information and self awareness and then give myself a mental vacation with some lighter reads- such as Mrs Brown.
And if you missed by list for 2018- you can click here to have a look. I have read 6 so far and enjoyed all of them!
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