I have a vivid memory my mother forcing me to sit in a big armchair in our living room each summer and not being allowed to get up until I read a certain number of pages or chapters. I was SO unhappy with that mandate, since I wanted to be outside or at the pool with my friends.
Fortunately, my disdain for being forced to read didn’t last, hell, maybe my mom’s tactic even worked, because as a middle school student, I decided I absolutely loved to read.
My dad would take me to our local book store and I would spend an hour wandering the aisles and picking up book after book. Eventually, I would come out with a huge stack of books, unable to wait until I got home to start reading.
I’m lucky this has carried into my adult life, and reading is one of my favorite activities. OK SO, I have a huge stack of books that I’ve recently read or are on my stack to read next and I wanted to share them:
- Anything by Liane Moriarty. I first heard about Liane when I heard her book Big Little Lies was being developed into a series starring my ultimate girl-crush, Reese Witherspoon. I love reading books before they become shows or movies and BLL didn’t disappoint. Next, I devoured Truly Madly Guilty, What Alice Forgot, The Husband’s Secret (all which are supposedly being optioned into movies) and The Hypnotist’s Love Story. Now I’m about 20 pages into Three Wishes and will start The Last Anniversary next.
2. The Couple Next Door – Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.
3. Luckiest Girl Alive – As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve. But Ani has a secret. (This one is also supposedly being made into a movie, produced by my girl Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Pacific Standard.
4. The Nest – The four Plumb siblings are waiting for their inheritance (affectionately called the nest) to be dispersed once the youngest sister turns 40. The nest has been growing exponentially since their father’s untimely death when they were all adolescents, and each one of the Plumbs has been making poor financial decisions in the hopes of being bailed out by the nest. Instead, the oldest brother is allowed to withdraw the majority of the money early to be used as a payoff for an unfortunate accident he causes.
5. The Mountain Between Us – On a stormy winter night, two strangers wait for a flight at the Salt Lake City airport. Ashley Knox is an attractive, successful writer, who is flying East for her much anticipated wedding. Dr. Ben Payne has just wrapped up a medical conference and is also eager to get back East for a slate of surgeries he has scheduled for the following day. When the last outgoing flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer and a forthcoming storm, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley knowing that she needs to get back just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack mid-flight and the plane crashes into the High Uintas Wilderness– one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States. (NOTE: This book has been made into a movie starring none other than Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, CANNOT wait!)
6. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
7. One of Us Is Lying – This book is described as ‘A dark version of The Breakfast Club’ and I CANNOT wait to devour it.
8. The Hand That Feeds You – Thirty-year-old Morgan Prager is working toward a degree in victim psychology, engaged to Bennett, a seductive but mysterious man she met online, and living with her three dogs, including two rescued pit bulls, in Brooklyn. One day Morgan returns home from class to find her dogs covered in what looks like blood. She follows them into the bedroom where she stumbles upon Bennett’s corpse torn limb from limb, presumably by the dogs themselves. Grief-stricken and traumatized, Morgan sets out to inform her fiancé’s family of his horrific death.
I hope this list peaks your interest and you add a few books to your list!