Nothing scares me more than being in the midst of recovery and realizing the book I bought is a total dud. Great books are my souls ticket to adventure when I’m feeling confined. Even when I’m not recovering, sometimes it’s just good to get out of my own mind for a while, and into someone else’s. A much needed mental break from this real world madness! Here are my top six favorite reads so far from this year and last, in no specific order. Every book was either gifted or recommended from a friend which I’ve decided is the safest way to go for consistently great books.
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
This might be one of the craziest damn books I have ever read. It takes drama to a new level, in friendship and marriage. The dialogue was so well curated, it blew me away. I am notorious for finding out the “twist” before I get to the end, but I don’t know how anyone could see this one coming.
The Woman in Cabin 10by Ruth Ware
Who doesn’t love a classic murder mystery? Especially one that takes place on a cruise ship. Brilliant. How has no one done this yet?? Easy to read and follow, this book definitely gets your heart pumping. It moves quick, making it even harder to put down and walk away from.
When You’re Falling Dive by Mark Matousek
Filled with inspiring stories of the most weary souls, this is the book you read when you need to be reminded of the resilience we innately have within us – and how to truly thrive in the midst of hardship.
The Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King
Every once in a while I enjoy a break from mystery novels and sit down with a heart-warming, “feel good” book. Something that I can’t get too attached to, but look forward to reading every day. This was the perfect book. I was reminded of how special my friendships are and cried like a baby at the end.
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Spellbinding in every way. Following the fate of three children who are plagued by a family curse, this book connects us with loss and love at the deepest level. The characters are addictive and Hoffman does a beautiful job of recognizing the gravity of political and cultural injustice in the 60’s.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
This story line was super disturbing, but dammit it was addicting. Taking place in one of the most eerie, peculiar towns I’ve ever heard of, the setting itself really pulls you in. The author will have you going back and forth wondering who is truly guilty. It will honestly drive you crazy until the end – but you know, a good crazy.