April 17, 2018

5 Great Books for Spring Reading

Sydne Style rounds up the best books with quick sand brain on fireI’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! 

Sydne Style rounds up the best books with the seven husbands of evelyn hugo the woman in cabin 10

Photos by Michelle Kyle

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  1. Natali commented:

    All great recommendations and totally in my genre! Thanks for sharing!

    Published 4.17.18 Reply
    • Sydne Summer commented:

      Hope you like the books!

      Published 4.19.18 Reply
  2. Amanda commented:

    Great list as always, thank you for that! I have long wanted to read Brain on Fire, I think to look for it on the site where I found my latest books

    Published 4.11.21 Reply
  3. Veronika commented:

    It’s always interesting to know what others are reading, thank you for sharing your selection, I’ll take a note of some of these books, besides they are in my audiobooks subscription. This format seems to me more convenient, since you cannot be interrupted even on the road, I advise you to learn more about Librivox, perhaps it will seem more convenient to you

    Published 5.14.21 Reply
  4. Benjamin commented:

    Hi thanks for these solutions. I’ve been studying FUNBE more and more lately, so a few regular books would be a good idea to take your mind off things.

    Published 2.3.22 Reply
  5. alexa perk commented:

    Five books during the summer can help prevent learning loss, according to the White House. and that you already mentioned

    Published 8.1.22 Reply
  6. Miguel Grate commented:

    Thank you for the article! It is quite interesting for me as a student. I often read a lot of specialized literature and actually I like reading easy-to-understand books very much. Recently, I have been reading a lot of literature about social classes in order to write my paper. However, here is a great alternative to constant reading. Your paper can be written by good specialists and you can get a good grade for it.

    Published 5.4.23 Reply
  7. Micheal Jordan commented:

    Spring is a wonderful time to indulge in some captivating books that match the spirit of the season. “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett is one of the best i suggest.
    Available here Professional Transformational Healing Center in USA

    Published 5.30.23 Reply

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