I’ve been reading up a storm recently. When it was raining in LA, I’d spend evenings on my couch, snuggled up with Bunny and a good book. Ok, well actually not all the books were good. There were a couple I couldn’t get through. But these five were great reads for all different reasons:
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
If you like The Handmaid’s Tale (I know I can’t wait for season 2 next week!), then I highly recommend this book. Even though it’s set in the future, it feels as if it could happen next month. The book touches on a world where abortion is illegal, and single women are losing the rights. The five female characters range in ages and backgrounds but all connect in this beautifully written tale that leaves you wondering what will happen with our freedom.
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
I’m not usually drawn to medical books but with mental health awareness month coming up, I wanted to give this one a try. I’m thrilled I did! It’s a true story about a young woman becomes mad as she enters adult life. While there is medical jargon, you’re really left with her tale of despair, love and hope. If you’re dealing with anxiety or depression, it’s a really helpful book to remember you’re not alone.
Quick Sand by Malin Persson Giolito
This is a great mystery novel written by a Swedish author. In showcasing a teen’s murder trial, you learn about the division of classes from the wealthy to the underprivileged. Unlike other mystery books I read in a day, I took my time with this one, absorbing the main character’s narrative. It really left me to stop and think about society, rather than just be intrigued by thrilling twists.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
I first read Ruth Ware’s The Lying Game but didn’t love it. While it was entertaining enough, I found it a little slow. But The Woman in Cabin 10 was anything but slow! The mystery follows a travel writer who is covering a story about a high-end cruise ship. The writing is so vivid that I almost felt like I was back on my Mediterranean cruise I took last year. Luckily, my cruise didn’t have the nightmare of a woman thrown overboard! There are so many twists in this book that I couldn’t put it down.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I discovered this book from my friend Grace. It follows a reporter who scores an exclusive interview with a Hollywood icon. The movie star has never opened up about her life and her life rivals the stories of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. It’s part glamour, part mystery and part a reminder that women can do anything they put their mind to.
Is there anything you read that you loved recently? I’m all for new book recommendations!
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