One thing I plan to do a lot of while being home over the next few weeks is read. I have been trying to get back into reading consistently for a couple of years and I feel like this may be my chance. There are several “to be read” books sitting on my nightstand. Some of them have been there for months now. I also have two books currently borrowed from the library that I want to read before the borrowing term expires. While I work to read through the books I have, I thought I would recommend three books for you to read that I enjoyed or that made an impact of me.
Three Books to Read
The Wedding Date/The Proposal/The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
I love a series that follows the same characters. I usually love all of them by the last book. That is the case here. The series starts with The Wedding Date and then goes to The Proposal and The Wedding Party. There are two additional books in the series – Royal Holiday and Party of Two, that I have not read yet. I currently have them on hold at the library. All of these books are light reads and have happy endings, which is what I like and the perfect way to escape reality for a bit.
Educated by Tara Westover
If you are looking for a book that is difficult to stomach at times and elicits strong emotions, this is the book. I had to put it down a couple of times because it was very intense. It is a true story about a family living off the grid in Utah. There are a lot of incidents described in this book that I will not soon forget. If you read it and want to discuss, feel free to contact me. I will be happy to oblige.
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
I really enjoyed this book. It invoked a lot of emotions in me, like Educated did. Before We Were Yours is based on a real-life scandal in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country. It definitely pulls at the heart strings but is worth a read.
Three Books I Hope to Read by the End of March
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love, had kids and moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored. We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with. We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive. Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.
It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell
All her life, Andie Mitchell had eaten lustily and mindlessly. Food was her babysitter, her best friend, her confidant, and it provided a refuge from her fractured family. But when she stepped on the scale on her twentieth birthday and it registered a shocking 268 pounds, she knew she had to change the way she thought about food and herself; that her life was at stake.
It Was Me All Along takes Andie from working class Boston to the romantic streets of Rome, from morbidly obese to half her size, from seeking comfort in anything that came cream-filled and two-to-a-pack to finding balance in exquisite (but modest) bowls of handmade pasta. This story is about much more than a woman who loves food and abhors her body. It is about someone who made changes when her situation seemed too far gone and how she discovered balance in an off-kilter world. More than anything, though, it is the story of her finding beauty in acceptance and learning to love all parts of herself.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him
If you would like to follow along as I read the books listed above, make sure to follow my book account on Instagram. Here is the link.
Tell Me What You are Currently Reading
These are the three books to read that I recommend and the three books I hope to read over the next few weeks. If you already are reading a great book or have a list you hope to get through, let me know the book titles in the comments below. I love getting reading recommendations. Losing myself in a good book never gets old.