5 Good Books: Volume 7

I love reading book reviews and getting recommendations from friends. I have a long commute and enjoy getting a lot of extra reading time! Here are a few books I read recently…I’d love to know what you recommend!

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The Husband's Secret

The Husband’s Secret: The Husband’s Secret is about various families dealing with an unsolved murder that had happened thirty years earlier. The main character, Cecilia Fitzpatrick, reads a letter her husband wrote that was only supposed to be read after his death. She reads it and has to question everything she thought she knew about him and their relationship. Tess O’Leary’s husband, Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, fall in love, so Tess takes her young son, Liam, and moves in with her mom. She starts dating an old boyfriend, Connor Whitby. Rachel Crowley, the school secretary, thinks that Connor got away with murdering her daughter. I don’t want to give too much away, but you’ll be surprised by the ending.

You may also like Gone Girl.

Sarah Vickers

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies: Big Little Lies is a mystery about parents and children at a prestigious elementary school. At the beginning of the book we know that police are investigating a murder, but we don’t know who committed it or why. The main characters are Madeline, Celeste, and Jane. Madeline is one of the queen bee moms, Celeste is a gorgeous mom with a very wealthy husband, and Jane is a young single mom. Celeste’s life seems perfect…but it’s not. Their lives become intertwined culminating in a parent at the school’s murder. I was surprised by the ending. I liked The Husband’s Secret better, but this was still a very good read. I want to read another one of Liane Moriarty’s books, What Alice Forgot. 

You may also like Girl on the Train.

All The Light We Cannot See

All The Light We Cannot See: All The Light We Cannot See is an excellent book that recently won the Pulitzer Prize. It’s about a blind French girl and a German boy whose lives collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History. When she goes blind Marie-Laure, her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and they move to Saint-Malo, to live with her reclusive great-uncle. Her dad brings the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. The orphan Werner is an expert with radios. He is recruited for an academy for Hitler Youth. He and Marie-Laure meet in Saint-Malo, where he goes to fight. The book has beautiful metaphors for light and is exceptionally well-written. The author, Anthony Doerr, spent ten years writing All The Light We Cannot See.

You may also like The Goldfinch.

The Wild One Book

The Wild One: As I mentioned, I learned how to download library books to my iPad. They don’t have the most robust selection, but I was looking for a new book late at night and saw The Wild One. I read Gemma Burgess’ book, Brooklyn Girls, a few years ago. The book is about a few twenty-something best friends living in Brooklyn together. The main character, Coco, quits her job and decides she wants to be “wild” for a summer. She starts bartending, falls in love, and “steals an education” by attending classes at NYU without actually being enrolled. At first I thought the book was junky (the girls call each other things like “sugar tits”) and I almost stopped reading. But I ended up getting drawn in and wanted to finish it before it was due back to the library! Although everyone’s twenties is different, I found myself nodding at some of the job/dating/life crises the run into including the desire to have it all figured out.

You may also like Girls in White Dresses.

She Makes It Work

She Makes it Work: A DIY Guide to Thrive in Your Hustle: Reading She Makes It Work is like getting advice from a friend — a very smart, ambitious, driven friend. Whereas some personal help books will focus on either professional or personal life, She Makes It Work focuses on both. Katie and the women she features understand that you can’t just focus on one aspect of your life — professional or personal — happiness happens when you thrive in both areas. I learned so much actionable advice from Katie and the women featured and was able to close the book and actually start making changes. Katie’s book is a great read for entrepreneurs and other young professionals who want to succeed in their personal and professional lives. I recommend that all young professional women (and men) read Katie’s book. P.S. You may have read my Career Profile with the author, Katie Corcoran!

You may also like You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life.

Luckiest Girl Alive: Luckiest Girl Alive is about Ani FaNelli, a woman who thinks she is about to have everything she wants — a glamorous job at a magazine, expensive clothes, and a wealthy fiancé — but then she films a documentary about her past. Ani, aka the Luckiest Girl Alive, was the only person to survive a horrific school shooting. And many people think she was an accomplice. She wants to clear her name and show that she has come a long way from her past as an outsider at a ritzy private school. There were a lot of twists that I didn’t see coming. I want to see the movie when it comes out!

You may also like the Privilege book series or the Luxe series. I loved them in high school and college!

I’m reading The Kind Worth Killing now and I want to read Adam Grant’s books, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World and Give and Take next!

What are you reading right now? What books do you recommend I pick up next? 

Image via Devon Rachel featured image from Sarah Vickers.

27 Responses to 5 Good Books: Volume 7

  1. Mikayla Christiansen says:

    All of these sound so interesting especially Big Little Lies! I love your book set up!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  2. Briana says:

    I’ve read all of these books expect She Makes It Work (which I now need to read). The Brooklyn Girls series is one of my favorites but I have yet to get my hands on The Wild One. Liane Moriarity is my favorite author and I’ve read all her books — if you liked Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret, you’re in for a treat with her other books. What Alice Forget is amazing!

    I also love how you gave us “if you like…” recommendations, definitely going to have to check those out!

    xoxo

  3. Jenny says:

    The Husband’s Secret is amazing and the other book by her you have mentioned is also on my to-read list!
    Bookmarking this for future reference.

    xoxo, Jenny

  4. Sara Holt says:

    Definitely need to add these to my book wishlist on Amazon 😛 I love a good book and with my maternity leave approaching, I foresee myself FINALLY having time to read!

  5. Annaliese says:

    I have Spring Break soon which is like the only time of year that I get to read for fun while being in school- so thanks for the great recommendations!!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  6. I’m adding all of these to my list!! I love looking for new books to read. Usually I just look on Amazon for the ones on the best sellers list – but I haven’t heard of any of these!

  7. Audrey Stowe says:

    omg in love with that entry table and the huge stacks of books!

  8. Alix Maza says:

    Always looking for new reads! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love EVERYTHING written by Liane Moriarty!! 🙂 Excellent selection of must-reads!

  10. Kayla says:

    Your book setup is so cute! I’m currently reading Mindy Kaling’s newest book!
    Kayla || Keynotes from Kay

  11. Amanda says:

    I’m not big into reading, but “Big Little Lies” sounds like a good book.

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  12. Molly says:

    Oh I love this! I’m always looking for new books to read!! I just finished Big Magic and can’t wait to get to the bookstore to pick up a new one. I’ve heard All the Light We Cannot See is amazing, it is on my list!

    http://www.mollyonthemoveblog.com

  13. Savannah says:

    I LOVE The Husband’s Secret. I really want to read All the Light We Cannot See. After reading The Husband’s Secret, I read Tigers in Red Weather (totally different author) and fell in love. I recommend that book for your next read!

    http://thealwaysblog.com

  14. Kayla says:

    SO excited to add some of these to my reading list– my boyfriend is reading All the Light We Cannot See and told me I would enjoy it.

    Currently reading The Circle by Dave Eggars.

  15. Tracy Schwartz says:

    Adding The Wild One and She Makes It Work to my list ASAP!!

    Thanks for the recommendations!

  16. Shanes says:

    I’ve been in search of new kindle reads, thanks for the suggestions!

  17. Bridget Rose says:

    Thanks for these! I’ve been in need of some good book recommendations and All the Light We Cannot See keeps coming up in conversation. I think I’ll grab a copy!
    Xo

  18. Chronicling Home says:

    I have been looking for a new book to read! I just finished a book called “you are a badass” and it was awesome! I love it!

  19. Felice Raina says:

    I haven’t been reading anything lately except my textbooks 🙁 but The Wild One sounds so interesting.

  20. Ashley says:

    What a great roundup! I’m currently gathering a list of books to take on an upcoming vacation and will definitely have to check these picks out!

    xo Ashley

  21. marly says:

    Thanks for So many great recommendations. I need to check out She Makes it Work: A DIY Guide to Thrive in Your Hustle. I would love to read some motivating words to help me keep pushing forward.
    Marly
    http://www.GirlyLove.org

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