I’m a reader at heart and love sharing my favorite books. For me, it’s a good book when I start reading and can’t stop. Usually, this means I end up skipping meals and invites. Of course, browsing bookstores or scrolling through book sites on the internet is a must. I may not be able to tell you much about the latest reality TV show or sitcom or which celebrity is trending or divorcing or getting married, but I can tell you about which book wouldn’t let me sleep.
And whether you are a certified book addict like me or not, you have to admit there are many things we can learn from books and few things better than finding a good one.
As much as I wish every book could stay on my bookshelf forever, reading a lot inevitably means some won’t make the cut. Because sadly, my tiny NYC apartment can only handle so much.
Below I’m listing some of my favorite books, so keep scrolling and discover what to read next!
My Thoughts: Not just a favorite book, but a fabulous page-turning book. It will take you on a wild ride with twists and turns, a complex plot, and seriously flawed characters. Plus, a very unexpected ending. The quote on the cover says it all: “His mistress is dead. His wife is his only hope”. Tough situation to be in if you’re married for sure.
My Thoughts: War has far-reaching effects, and Lisa Scottoline understands this. She goes deep into war’s impact on ordinary friendships, helping you know how important it is to make sure everyone remembers. It definitely left a mark on me. I especially love this quote from the book:
“War was eternal, but so was peace. Death was eternal, but so was life. Darkness was eternal, but so was light. Hate was eternal, but above all, so was love.” — Lisa Scottoline.
My Thoughts: Do you love Greek mythology? “A Thousand Ships” is a beautifully written epic tale that immerses you in ancient Greece. Anyone who loved Madeline Miller’s “Circe” will love this one. It’s a retelling of the Trojan War from the perspective of the women and goes into the desire for revenge and the strong bonds that helped the women survive. One of my new favorite books!
My Thoughts: I didn’t know what to expect from this book. But I found it refreshingly different and very satisfying. It looks at women of the 60s – when feminism was starting, and working outside the home was frowned upon. Women coming of age during this period will enjoy it, but also the younger generation, as they will gain an appreciation of what their mothers went through.
My Thoughts: Life is not always fair. True in the past and still valid today. Hard as we try as a society, there are injustices everywhere. This book is based on a true story. A young woman dares to go after what she wants. But to succeed as a Black woman in a white man’s world – she must pretend to be white.
Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? – L.M. Montgomery, Ann of Green Gables
My Thoughts: I like stories that grab me emotionally, especially those inspired by real-life people and events. This book is engaging. This book is also informative and pulls you in emotionally. It’s about an American actress living in Occupied France during WWII and her intense desire to do something to help the war effort. She has courage, drive, and determination as she pushes through her fears and the many challenges she faces. Excellent historical fiction. Great book club book.
My Thoughts: Don’t miss this beautiful story about a boy who, because of a genetic abnormality, is different, so he struggles to fit in and understand why life is such a challenge. This is one of the most searched books on our site and one I love recommending. One of our reader’s favorite books.
My Thoughts: If you haven’t read this book, put it at the top of your TBR pile because the movie based on this book is coming out soon, and you definitely want to read the book first. Ove is a gem of a man that gradually steals your heart, and I can’t wait to see if his unique essence is captured on the big screen. I loved this book!
My Thoughts: It may be obvious, but I can’t resist books about Greek mythology. This one was intense and hard to put down – I finished it in one day. Clytemnestra is complex but definitely someone you can relate to; she’s courageous, fierce, and loving. I can easily see her in modern-day life, nurturing her children one minute and fighting for what’s right the next. Life in Ancient Greece was hard, and Costanza Casati’s attention to detail, fabulous research, and well-developed characters show this. And finally, if you’re a “Circe” fan, it’s a must-read. However, I should mention that I received an advance copy from Netgalley, so the book is not out until early next year, but it is well worth the wait. Another one of my new favorite books, so when you see it, definitely grab it!
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