5 Good Books: Volume 9

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!



What She Knew: A Novel is an engaging psychological thriller about a mom whose young son suddenly goes missing. This is one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. I found myself telling everyone that they had to run out and buy it right away. There were so many times when I suspected that the wrong person had taken him. You’ll be just as shocked as I was.

You May Also Like: Truly Madly Guilty

You are a badass

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life is a relatable, action-oriented self-help book. It’s full of money, relationship, and career advice that seems like it’s coming from a cool older sister. It’s funny, engaging, and filled with inspiring advice.

You may also like I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve

How to Love Yourself (And Sometimes Other People)

How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People): Spiritual Advice for Modern Relationships I picked this book up at MNDFL  after a breakup and it was so helpful. The authors talk about their own relationships as well as what they’ve learned from their religious and spiritual studies. I found myself highlighting so many passages. The main point is something I already knew, but something they eloquently described, you really have to love yourself in order to truly love someone else. Do yourself a favor and read it.

You may also like Wild

The Nest

The Nest The Nest is about a somewhat dysfunctional family that is arguing about their inheritance, which they call “The Nest.” I liked the book but didn’t find myself feeling a true connection with any of the characters. I liked it and thought it was very well-written but had wanted to love it. What I did love, however, was getting to hear the author speak at one of Aidan Donnelly Rowley’s Happier Hours. I learned that the author always wanted to be a writer and finally got her MFA once her kids graduated from college. It was so great to see someone follow their passion and end up finding so much success. The book was quickly a New York Times Bestseller.

You may also like The Ramblers: A Novel

The Assistants

The Assistants is about an assistant to a media mogul who pays off her student loans with a check she accidentally gets from the company. She has a choice — she can return the check — or use it to finally pay off her loans. She gets caught by another assistant and they end up banding together to help other assistants pay off their loans. As you can expect, things get tricky. The book is dry, sarcastic, and laugh out loud funny. I heard the author speak at the same event and it was great to hear her talk about how her own experience (minus the whole stealing thing) was the inspiration for the book. She was an underpaid assistant with a huge student loan from NYU. And she ended up using the money from the book to finally pay off her loans.

You may also like Modern Lovers

Does anyone else have any good book recommendations? I’m always looking for books to add to my list! 

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9 Responses to 5 Good Books: Volume 9

  1. These sound like great reads! I loved The Girl on the Train and The Kind Worth Killing. I’m currently reading Big Magic.


  2. Kayla says:

    I just read The Assistants and Modern Lovers, I especially loved Modern Lovers. Definitely recommend Emma Straub’s other novel The Vactioners and my other recent faves are The Knockoff and The Underwriting.

  3. Anna says:

    I haven’t read any of these books, but “What She Knew” and “You Are A Badass” both sound amazing!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  4. I haven’t heard of any of these books before. I am currently re reading the auto biography of Garry Marshall who recently passed away.

  5. Bella B says:

    All these books sound great!! I don’t read very often but I shall have to try one of these out.


  6. Michaela says:

    I’ll have to check these out!

  7. I’ve been looking for a good book to read by the pool! I’ve heard great things about The Nest, but need to consider these other review before my next trip to Barnes and Noble. Great post! Xoxo Mindy

  8. I have been wanting to read the assistants, I am an assistant myself so I can see myself relating. I just finished reading Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand and I loved it so much. You have to give it a try!

    xo Courtney Drew

  9. I always enjoy your reading roundup, because you tend to pick books that I’ve never heard of… I’m currently finishing “When Things Fall Apart” and swinging between a few Russian classics that I’ve been meaning to finish for over a year now, ha!

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