Much like my taste in music, my reading list is no one-trick pony. I love everything from historical biographies to thrilling novels, and even have been known to pick up the occasional YA blockbuster. Don’t believe me? Read on:
The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
I was drawn to this title by Reese Witherspoon, who bought the rights to a film adaptation before the book had even been released. Many books have been touted as “the next Gone Girl” – and I’ve read many of them! – but this one is the most similar, in my opinion. This is in part due to the writing style (flashbacks, anyone?) as well as the love-to-hate them, hate-to love-them characters. I’m hoping to finish the book before any casting announcements are made – I suggest you do the same.
We’ll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn
This colorful cover featuring the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe jumped out at me during a recent stop at Barnes & Noble, and I couldn’t help but add it to my “must-read” list. A memoir of a mother and daughter’s trip abroad means I already stocked up on Kleenex (and just ruined my street cred).
The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza
What “The Vacationers” was to Instagram last summer, “The Knockoff” is this year. I’ve already loaded this cheeky novel about the fashion industry up on my iPad and am looking forward to kicking back on my porch and seeing what all the buzz is about!
Take a peek at my recent Amazon purchase history and sprinkled between some beauty necessities and home accessories for my new apartment, you’ll find three –yes all three – Gillian Flynn novels.
I became hooked on Gillian after seeing Gone Girl last fall (along with everyone else I’m sure) and I immediately ran home to download the book on my Kindle. I know it’s totally backwards, but I always like to read the book after I see the movie. I guess I like to be surprised!
It didn’t take me but three days to get through Gone Girl and order Sharp Objects as my next book to devour. I’m not typically one for dark, psychological thrillers, but Gillian had me hooked! Sharp Objects is centered around Camille Preaker, a journalist who after a brief stint in a psych hospital, is assigned to cover two murders of young girls in her hometown. While Camille works to discover the truth about the murders, she is faced to confront the demons of her past and deal with a childhood tragedy that has been plaguing her since she left town eight years ago. I won’t give it away, but let’s just say the ending is way more twisted than you could have ever imagined!
Told you I was a tad obsessed. Though, the movie is set to be released this August so maybe I’ll hold off on finishing the book so I don’t spoil the ending for myself.
I have recently found myself becoming more and more drawn to non-fiction books. Reading about someone else’s true story really opens up your eyes to a world different than your own.
As a recommendation from my mom, I just started reading It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell. In the book, Andie, who is now the food blogger behind “Can You Stay For Dinner?,” shares her battle with food, starting with when she found comfort in it as a young girl with a troubled adolescence, to her twentieth birthday when she finally hit her crashing point and realized she needed to turn her life around. It’s amazing and inspiring to see how someone can develop a healthy relationship with something that used to be her weakness.
Next on my list comes from the one and only DKNY PR GIRL® (aka Aliza Licht) –
her book Leave Your Mark comes out May 5!
After catching wind of it in a newsletter from my favorite ladies at The Skimm, I downloaded Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins to my Kindle and immediately dove in. The title is self-explanatory, but what the lead character, Rachel, witnesses on her journey to and from the city is anything but. As the story unfolds, you work with Rachel to piece together the puzzle of a peculiar incident, gaining access to two other characters’ mindsets as the plot thickens. You’ll be eager to get to the bottom of things amid intriguing character development – plus a copious amount of complications and betrayals. If you like Gone Girl, you’ll definitely enjoy this suspenseful counterpart… although fair warning: We all know no one will ever compare to Amazing Amy.
Next on my list? Continuing in the psychological thriller category with Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarity. A story of three women, all of whom have children at the same preschool, who are tied together by one dark thread: who will end up dead and how? Upon inevitably inhaling that read, perhaps I’ll move on to something a little less nightmare-inducing.
Now, what else should I add to my Kindle queue?
A House In The Sky
I love a true story that will open your eyes up the world around you. This is a story of a woman who started saving up at age 19 to travel the world. After she has saved up enough money, she follows her dream to see the world. During her visit to Somalia (“the most dangerous place in the world”), she is kidnapped and spends 460 days in captivity. This inspiring story shows how one person is able to overcome so much adversity by using her own imagination to escape to a place in the sky. This book not only made me feel fortunate for some of the simpler things in life, but it also inspired me to have stronger compassion and ambition for my dreams.
All the Light We Can Not See
I’m a huge fan of European history, which is why I was originally drawn to this book, which is set in France during WWII (not to mention it’s a New York Times best seller!). I didn’t expect such a beautiful story of two different worlds that come together during a time of unrest. What I love most about this book is that it makes you feel connected to the characters – you really come to care about them. It’s one of those that I would love to see as a movie someday. It’s an easy read, definitely a page-turner!
In light of Chicago’s winter wonderland, it’s the perfect time to get started on a new book. Next on my list is one that my mom recommended, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
What have you been reading lately?