Books

This book haunted me for weeks! Lock Every Door follows a broke young girl who receives an offer to apartment sit that seems to good to be true. Obviously, it is too good to be true and when you find out why your stomach will twist into knots. The only thing I didn’t like about this book is I’m scared that what happens in this affluent, creepy apartment building might be happening somewhere in the world.

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I wish I read Big Little Lies before watching the television series with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. So I made sure not to make the same mistake with What Alice Forgot. It’s currently in talks to be a movie starring Jennifer Aniston. I think she would make a great lead as Alice, a 39 year-old woman who suffers temporary amnesia and thinks she’s 29 again. Let’s just say a lot has changed in her life in ten years and it’s hilarious to watch her go through the process of realizing her current reality.

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Quick Sand 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. It has since been turned into a series on Netflix. I can’t wait to watch!

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I found Such a Fun Age through Reese Witherspoon’s book club. It’s a story of a 20-something girl who has a life-altering night when she’s accused of kidnapping the baby she’s babysitting. The story of race, love and deception is told through her account and the woman who hired her.

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If you loved Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, make Watching Edie next on your list. The book is so suspenseful that I finished it in one day. The story is based on a 33 year-old pregnant woman living alone in London. She is reconnected with her creepy old childhood friend. It weaves in and out of the present time and from when they were teenagers, leaving you wondering about the friend’s motives for returning. The ending is shocking!

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Lauren Weisberger is the brilliant author behind Devil Wears Prada. Her book The Singles Game is centered around a young tennis star, who rebrands her image for her career. She whisked away to celebrity events around the world while still giving her all to her tennis game. And it starts to take a toll on her. It’s such an entertaining, light read that I actually finished it in one day when I was by the pool in Palm Springs! I hear they’re going to make a movie around it and I can’t wait to see the cute tennis outfits!

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I received this Everyday Mindfulness book as a gift from one of my #ssInstaFam babes. It has 365 days of quotes that help kick off your morning in gratitude. I keep it on my vanity table and read the quotes ever morning. I often share them on my Insta Stories because I find them so inspiring.

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If you like The Handmaid’s Tale, I highly recommend Red Clocks. 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.

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I literally only have one complaint about American Royals: that the sequel doesn’t come out until 2020! Seriously, I could not put this one down. Author Katherine McGee dreamt up a world in which instead of George Washington become president, he became the king of America. The book is set in present day, following the lives of the current royal family: a princess destined to be the first ruling Queen of America, and her younger prince and princess twin siblings, who are breaking traditions left and right. I have no doubt this will become a movie. So I highly suggest reading it before it does!

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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.

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After sharing my Bill Cunningham memory on Insta Stories, my friend sent me his memoir. Bill Cunningham was extremely influential in the fashion world, but I never knew how he got started. This memoir of his beginning is not only fascinating but also extremely inspirational. I learned that he was a man who was able to put an optimistic spin on everything in life, a lesson I think we can all take whether we’re associated with fashion or not.

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I don’t usually read YA novels but my friend Nadine wrote All American Muslim Girl and she’s such a talented writer. So I decided to give it a go. And I’m so glad I did! The story follows a teenager stuck between two worlds. She looks like the All-American Christian girls in her Southern high school but her family is Muslim. I was so impressed by the way Nadine combined politics and religion in such an entertaining read. I kept finding myself Googling various phrases, learning so much as I continued reading the book. It’s such a wonderful novel if you’re a young girl or woman struggling to find where you belong. Or, if you’re like me, it’s a fascinating way to learn more about other cultures.

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