I try my best to read at least one book every month – some of this year’s favorites include a longtime New York Times bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a healthy dose of mystery.
Where the Crawdads Sing
There has been a lot of buzz about this book this year – and deservedly! Where the Crawdads Sing has been on the New York Times bestsellers list for 49 weeks.
The book is set in the North Carolina marsh and follows a sweet young girl, Kya Clark, who lives off the land. Where the Crawdads Sing weaves in a compelling mystery as it details Kya’s adolescence and loss of innocence.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
This book was really fun to read and a departure from my usual choice topic of mystery/crime. This joyful book is set in Scotland and follows the eccentric Eleanor Oliphant in her day to day life as she meets a dear friend who helps her out. This book was a quick read and a great pick if you want a lighthearted pick me up.
All the Light We Cannot See
I was very late to the game on this Pulitzer Prize winning book, but I am so glad I finally picked it up. All the Light We Cannot See is a moving novel set in World War II Europe. It follows the lives of a blind French girl and a young German boy in Nazi-occupied France.
Not only was this book heartbreaking, but it was poignant and left me better than before I read it. My only regret is not reading it sooner!
Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide
Now this book might seem like an odd pick if you’re not familiar with the My Favorite Murder podcast hosted by Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered authors Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark.
I’m a big true crime junkie and Kilgariff and Hardstark’s podcast is one of my favorites. Their memoir provides anecdotal stories of their youth and offers some great self-help advice.
Verity is a great book if you’re looking for a quick read (I read it in four days!). The book is hard to put down and has unpredictable twists.
A struggling writer gets a too-good-to-be-true offer she can’t refuse and winds up in a family’s home finishing a book for a famous author, Verity. The book has twists and turns and keeps you engaged until the very last page.
What book have you read recently that you loved? Let me know what book you recommend to your friends below: