I’ve been away on vacation and got a lot of reading done. Vacation time is usually spent reading, sleeping and working out. I accomplished all three!
I read these memoirs: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison- both very different but really intriguing!
I also read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline.
There are so many amazing books out right now, here’s what’s on my To-Be-Read Pile and what I have recently enjoyed!
1. The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine by Alex Brunkhorst
This book has been called “A modern-day Gatsby tale of forbidden love, family secrets and the true price of wealth” so it looks very good!
2. A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
I loved this book and read it cover to cover quickly. The authors humor and writing style appealed to me right away. Alice Pearse is a part time working mother but when her husband makes a career change, Alice steps up to work full time. She lands her dream job but of course there are unexpected bumps in the road and finds out she can’t do it all.
3. Kale and Coffee: A Renegade’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Longevity by Kevin Gianni
I am a big fan of the skincare line by Kevin’s wife Annmarie Gianni, so I’m well familiar with Kevin too. In this new book, Kevin travels the world to determine how and what we should eat. I love a good memoir and I enjoy healthy living so I’m very excited to see how this book plays out. I’m sure we can glean some good info from Kale and Coffee. I have high hopes!
4. The Bones of You by Debbie Howells
Alternating points of view give this novel an undercurrent of suspense. A teenage girl is murdered but by who? And why? Kate knows something, a sixth sense about Rosie. But she blacked out while on a horse ride through the area where Rosie’s body is found.
This book is like a puzzle that keeps you turning the pages until its determined what happened to Rosie. A good thriller!
5. The Appetites of Girls by Pamela Moses
This well written novel follows the struggles of four young women- Ruth, Francesca, Opal, and Setsu. They meet as freshmen at Brown University and become best friends despite their many differences.
Each girl has her own issues to overcome and the story is told in flashbacks, building believable characters. Loved this one!
I’ve been waiting and waiting forever for author Vanessa Diffenbaugh to write another novel after the brilliant The Language of Flowers. And how she has!
6. We Never Asked for Wings
This is the story of teenaged Alex, his little sister Luna and single mom Letty. Letty always had help with her children from her illegal immigrant parents and barely took care of her own kids. When her parents move back to Mexico, Letty is left clueless as to how to be a proper mother to her children.
Alex, desperate to figure out the identity of his father, is delving into a romantic relationship with a classmate and young Luna misses her grandparents. The story builds around Letty’s struggles trying to build a better life for herself and her kids as well as Alex and his father. Its a great follow up to a tremendous first novel. Highly recommended!
7. The Dress Thief by Natalie Meg Evans
This is on my Kindle, ready to read and it sounds like a winning novel!
Alix Gower has a dream: to join the ranks of Coco Chanel to become a designer in the high-stakes world of Parisian haute couture. But Alix also has a secret: she supports her family by stealing designs to create bootlegs for the foreign market. A hidden sketchbook and two minutes inside Hermès is all she needs to create a perfect replica, to be whisked off to production in New York.
Then Alix is given her big break – a chance to finally realize her dream in one of the most prominent Parisian fashion houses – but at the price of copying the breakthrough Spring Collection.
Knowing this could be her only opportunity, Alix accepts the arrangement. But when a mystery from her past resurfaces and a chance meeting has her falling into the arms of a handsome English war reporter, Alix learns that the slightest misstep – or misplaced trust – could be all it takes for her life to begin falling apart at the seams.
8. The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
Another book just waiting for me. And another one that sounds so good that I want to clear my calendar and do nothing but read all day and all night.
In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck’s father, a United States senator, cuts off her allowance and demands that she find employment on the Federal Writers’ Project, a New Deal jobs program. Within days, Layla finds herself far from her accustomed social whirl, assigned to cover the history of the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia, and destined, in her opinion, to go completely mad with boredom. But once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family, she is drawn into their complex world and soon discovers that the truth of the town is entangled in the thorny past of the Romeyn dynasty.
At the Romeyn house, twelve-year-old Willa is desperate to learn everything in her quest to acquire her favorite virtues of ferocity and devotion—a search that leads her into a thicket of mysteries, including the questionable business that occupies her charismatic father and the reason her adored aunt Jottie remains unmarried. Layla’s arrival strikes a match to the family veneer, bringing to light buried secrets that will tell a new tale about the Romeyns. As Willa peels back the layers of her family’s past, and Layla delves deeper into town legend, everyone involved is transformed—and their personal histories completely rewritten.
9. The Last Summer At Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff
This book is getting rave reviews and makes me wish I could read several books at one time because my To-Be-Read pile is huge!
Young Adelia Monteforte flees fascist Italy for America, where she is whisked away to the shore by her well-meaning aunt and uncle. Here, she meets and falls for Charlie Connally, the eldest of the four Irish-Catholic boys next door. But all hopes for a future together are soon throttled by the war and a tragedy that hits much closer to home.
Grief-stricken, Addie flees—first to Washington and then to war-torn London—and finds a position at a prestigious newspaper, as well as a chance to redeem lost time, lost family…and lost love. But the past always nips at her heels, demanding to be reckoned with. And in a final, fateful choice, Addie discovers that the way home may be a path she never suspected.
10. Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
This looks like a thriller that I’m going to read in one sitting!
After the heartbreak of losing his girlfriend, Beck, Joe Goldberg thought he’d never love again. But when mysterious Amy Adam begins working for Joe at Mooney Books, he finds himself obsessed with his new employee. Amy is Beck’s opposite—she hates Twitter, she doesn’t even have an email address, she’s completely unsearchable online—and she quickly captures Joe’s heart. But just before Joe can ask Amy to marry him, she disappears, leaving a trail of clues in her wake.
Joe is then forced to do something so vile, so awful that he nearly loses his mind: he moves to Los Angeles to find Amy. He is tortured by a series of aspiring Angelenos—an insufferable stand-up comedian, philistine booksellers, a money-hungry nanny, and a slutty ghostwriter—before meeting his ticket to a more luxurious world: a surgically enhanced, social media–savvy heiress named Love Quinn. But Joe can’t stop stalking Amy, despite the world opening up to him with Love on his arm. Will Joe finally escape his sordid past? Or is Love just the latest casualty in Joe’s unrelenting search for the perfect match?
What is on your reading pile? Mine is growing and growing…just added a few more!