Books I Love …To Read Again & Again

Everyone has a favorite book, one they recommend over and over because they know it’s good. However, when you spend a large part of your day reading and browsing books (like I do), it can be hard to pick a favorite.

So, below are my top picks of the moment. They are all fabulous, you really can’t go wrong with any one of them. 

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe by Madeline Miller

Why I liked this book:  The writing is stunning. I am not a goddess or a witch, yet I was pulled into Circe’s mind right from the start. She is strong. She is independent and powerful and lives in this mythological world that feels so real. Her journey abounds with many universal themes like searching for love, being an outcast, vengeance, and forgiveness. I loved how through it all, she remains true to herself.

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Then She Was Gone by Lisa JewellThen She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Why I liked this book:  I like psychological thrillers and really love when a story immediately piques my interest, as this one did. I also love that the book explores some pretty hefty topics and is not just your average missing person’s story. Lisa Jewell looks at the family dynamics of a child gone missing. She twists up your emotions and explores grief in a very creative way.

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An American Marriage  By Taylor JonesAn American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Why I liked this book: I found this book, with its many layers, conflicts, and emotional struggles, beautiful and hard to put down. This is a story about love and the life events that test the strength of a marriage and human resilience. I loved how the author focused on the justice system’s wrongs and race but still made the story relatable to everyone.

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The Silent Patient  By Alex MichaelidesThe Silent Patient  by Alex Michaelides

Why I liked this book: Thrillers are one of my favorite genres, especially when I just need to escape. I really enjoyed this one. I couldn’t stop thinking about why a wife, with a seemingly happy marriage, would suddenly shoot her husband. Even more intriguing, why would she then go mute and refuse to speak another word? I had to keep turning the pages. The story is also unpredictable

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A Gentleman In Moscow  By Amor TowlesA Gentleman In Moscow  by Amor Towles

Why I liked this book: I’ll be honest, it took me a few tries to immerse myself in this book. But I am beyond happy I stuck with it. The story is deep, rich in Russian history. The concept is also intriguing, at least to American’s. A man is confined to house arrest and spends years, not in jail but in Moscow’s beautiful Metropol Hotel. I also have to mention the writing style; the words that come to mind are beautifully descriptive and elegant, a fabulous read.

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Lost Roses  By Martha Hall KellyLost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

Why I liked this book: The strength of this book lies in the power of the three female protagonists. They come from different socio-economic backgrounds and are of different nationalities, which allows the reader to experience three different perspectives on life. But when the curtain is pulled back- they are the same; each struggles to cope with war.

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Dream Daughter  By Diane ChamberlainDream Daughter  by Diane Chamberlain

Why I liked this book: I am never disappointed with anything this author writes. I also read a lot. I appreciate uniqueness, and I’m especially drawn to stories that tug at the emotions. This book is about a mother’s love for her child and just how far she will go to save her unborn child. But there’s a time travel element giving the story a fresh creative approach. It’s layered, complex, and thought-provoking.

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Educated  By Tara WestoverEducated  by Tara Westover

Why I liked this book:  I liked this book for many reasons. I liked the writing style. I liked reading about a young girl struggling to survive impossible odds. But mostly, I liked her ultimate success, it doesn’t often happen in life. This is a memoir. It’s the true story of how one girl managed to break free and eventually get a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in England. Her journey is long, hard, and compelling.

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Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.– Bernard M. Baruch

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Happy Reading,

Linda 

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