I can talk and think about great books all day, every day. And it’s probably not the first time I’ve said this, but lately, I’m constantly switching out the kind of books I read. I don’t think it’s for any reason other than maybe I’m browsing more than usual and seeing one book after another that looks intriguing.
Romance books are wildly popular, so they’re constantly popping up. It’s not a genre I usually read, but I was curious, so instead of ignoring them, I read a few. And I was pleasantly surprised – they’re a refreshing change from the heavier and more intense historical fiction I usually read – which, just for the record, always has been and always will be my favorite genre.
So, I’ve included some engaging, leisurely Sunday afternoon romance books. But, of course, I understand if you can’t read this type of book (or any of the other genres) – not every book is for everyone. But keep scrolling, and you’ll find a variety of suggestions – thrillers, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and romance – something for everyone.
Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
—Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Dead Romantics by Ashly Poston
This was a fun and unique love story that also touched on some important life issues and loss. Ashley Poston keeps you turning the pages with twists and turns – most will make you smile, but a few will bring tears to your eyes.
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The Body Guard by Katherine Center
This was my first time reading this author – but not the last because I really enjoyed this book. It’s beautifully paced and witty – with fantastic chemistry between the characters, making it a light, engaging, satisfying read.
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Contemporary Fiction Books
Stone Blind by Natalie Hayes
Do you like reading about Greek mythology? If your answer is yes, Stone Blind is a terrific choice. I loved reading about Medusa (very intense, very thought-provoking), but it was also immensely amusing to read about the childish fickle nature of the badly behaving gods. Perfect book club book. Natalie Hayes also wrote A Thousand Ships.
The Whittiers by Danielle Steel
I have not read any books by this author in a long time, if ever, but my friend recommended this book, so I decided to try it. It touched my heart. The Whittiers is about a close-knit family and how they support each other after the death of both parents. It’s light and engaging and a great escape from reality.
Historical Fiction Books
Looking For Jane by Heather Marshall
This story explores abortion, adoption, and the horrible history of homes for unwed mothers in the 1970s and 1980s. It follows three women in three different timelines showing the reader what life was like and foreshadowing what life will be like again for women—thought-provoking and emotional, echoing today’s political issues with Roe v Wade. Excellent book club book.
The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson
As you probably can guess from the title, this is a sequel to the bestselling book “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek,.” It’s another insightful and heartwarming story about Kentucky’s “blue” people, this time about the book woman’s daughter, Honey. Again, the story is poignant and emotionally gripping, as it follows Honey’s fight for independence.
The Three Lives of Alix St.Pierre by Natasha Lester
A unique multi-layered WWII story with suspense, great historical details, tragedy, complex characters, and Christian Dior fashion! I loved how the author lightened the intensity of war and espionage with fashion and romance. The main character Alix is ahead of her time and a delight to follow.
The House of Eve by Sadeqa Johnson
Anyone who loved Yellow Wife will not want to miss this one. The story follows two young black women in the early 1950s and their conflicts and struggles as they deal with motherhood, judgemental people, and trying to succeed. You will fall in love with these two characters.
The Senator’s Wife by Liv Constantine
This psychological thriller has it all: family drama, suspense, secrets, and scandals. Like this writing duo’s other books, it’s a fast, entertaining read, a page-turner that hooks you right from the beginning and delivers a twisty surprise ending. Fans of psychological thrillers will love this one.
Just the Nicest Couple by Mary Kubica
This book is getting a lot of mixed reviews. Some of the negative reviews mentioned the writing style changed. Since this is the first book I’ve read by this author, I can’t say. Others mentioned the storyline was too common (missing spouse), but I liked the story. It was twisty and engaging, with excellent character development and a nicely paced plot.
The Housemaid by Freida McFadden
This story has everything you need for a good thriller; it’s fast-paced with a few twists you don’t see coming, and the plot is suspenseful and engaging. Plus, the characters are interesting and well-developed but not exactly trustworthy or reliable – what more can you ask for in a thriller?
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