5 Good Books: Volume 14

It’s a snowy day in NYC. It’s the perfect day to curl up with a latte or hot chocolate and a good book. Here are some I recommend!

The Startup by Doree Shafir

Startup: I absolutely loved this book and have recommended it to everyone. The Startup is about a sexual harassment scandal at a high-profile startup, Take Off. The young founder starts to date one of his employees and things go awry when she moves on and starts dating someone else. A journalist at a tech publication gets the scoop and, as she reports on the story, her boss and his wife who works at Take Off get involved. I read The Startup so quickly! Although the subject matter is something that happens far too often, the startup has some hilarious points and it’s fun to spot the real companies that are an inspiration for some of the ones in the book.

Before the Fall: Eleven people leave Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed back to New York when the plane dives into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs, a painter and the four-year-old boy he rescues from the crash. The boy is the heir to a media empire similar to Fox news. The book switches from past to present as we learn about the people on the plane as well as what unfolds for Scott and the boy as people investigate the crash. It was so good!

The Good Girl: I was in the mood for a good thriller, and I’m so glad I picked this one up. Mia Dennett goes to a bar to meet her boyfriend but ends up talking to a handsome man named Collin Thatcher. She goes home with him and finds out that he was hired to bring her to his employers who will likely use her to bribe her father, a well-respected judge. Collin ends up kidnapping her and you find out about their life together in a secluded cabin. The book is also in her mother’s perspective and the detective’s as they try to find Mia. I don’t want to give more away, but there are some very surprising twists and turns!

Scrappy Little Nobody: I love Anna Kendrick so her book of autobiographical essays was a fun read. The essays were so personal that it felt like getting to spend the day with Anna. (Which I would love!) It’s a funny and fast read.

Fitness Junkie: This is another book that I recommend to everyone. It’s an absolutely hilarious satire on the wellness scene. Janey Sweet, CEO of a couture wedding dress company, receives an ultimatum from her best friend and business partner, Beau. She can either lose thirty pounds or lose her job. Janey takes a leave of absence from the company and starts going down the wellness rabbit-hole. Of course, there is also a love story thrown in for good measure. I recognized some of the people and places that are “fiction” in the book.

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