Calling all jet-setters and couch dwellers, this one’s for you.
If you read my blog back in July, five easy beach reads, you know that I’m a closet book worm. While I love a good read on the warm sand, there’s something so comforting about cozying up next to the fire with a glass of wine and a solid book. So, basically, what I’m trying to say is this: books are great year around.
With all of the holiday travel, and the dreadful hours in the car (or plane), a good book is essential to keep you grounded during the most hectic time of the year. Personally, I can zip through an entire book in one lengthy car ride, or on one lazy afternoon, so I love having multiple novels on hand. I recently took to Reese Witherspoon’s book club for inspiration, and ended up with six new favorites that I had to share.
All The Ugly And Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood — This book was exactly as the title says, all the ugly and wonderful things. A story about a meth lab family, and their daughter Wavy, trying to overcome unfortunate situations in unconventional ways (like falling in love with someone twice her age, as a minor). It’s a captivating mix of beautiful and weird, and it’s worth a read if you’re not afraid of a little controversy.
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware— The Woman in Cabin 10 was my favorite book of the summer, so I’m a big Ruth Ware fan. The Lying Game was no exception. A group of four girlfriends play a dark and twisty game— the lying game— telling lies to classmates and faculty at their boarding school, until the day they get expelled and part ways. This book is full of lies, mystery and chill, and it’s so, so hard to put down!
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty — If you liked Big Little Lies, you’re going to like this one too (promise). A glimpse in to the lives of oddly intertwined strangers in a small Australian community, The Husband’s Secret is full of love, betrayal, secrets (obviously) and forgiveness. You’ll zip through, dying to find out what happens next!
The Paris Effect by K.S.R. Burns — I saw this on Amazon, and it really spoke to me on so many levels. At 29, Amy feels stuck after the loss of a best friend and less-than-exciting marriage, and spontaneously ends up in Paris by herself. A light-hearted novel about love, loss, adventure and finding yourself was exactly what I needed, and it seemed fitting considering I am planning a trip to Paris in the spring.
The Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman — You know that killer Halloween movie from the ’90s? No, not Hocus Pocus, I’m talking about Practical Magic. Well, Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman is the prequel to Practical Magic, and it’s equally intoxicating. I wish I read this in October, but it’s a great book all the same if you’re in to witchcraft and magic!
Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy — I haven’t actually read this yet, but it’s on my list. A pair of friends take their families on a holiday cruise, and it’s all fun and games until the children— ages 6 to 11— disappear while ashore. The story is told by the perspectives of both the adults and the kids, and it’s supposedly a real page turner. I’ll let you know!