In my spare time, I love to read. I have always loved to read ever since I was a little girl. I remember my mom making my brother and I go to the library during the summer to read and he hated it but I loved picking out new books to dive into. While I don’t have nearly as much time as I would like to read these days, I always love finding a good book I just can’t put down. I usually get most of my reading done for the year by the pool or snuggled up on the couch on a cold winter day. I occasionally share some of the books I have been reading on my Instagram stories and when I asked y’all the other day if you wanted to see a blog post of books, I got an overwhelming response to share. So, here are some of the books I’ve read this past year that I have loved and think you will too!
My Not So Perfect Life By Sophie Kinsella. Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors for an easy read and this was another great girly read. Growing up on a farm in Somerset, Katie Brenner dreamed her whole life of moving to London and becoming successful. Now in her mid-twenties and living just outside of London, Katie he perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed. In reality she rents a room in a tiny flat, has a horrible commute, works for a horrible boss and her Instagram feed is of her made up life. Her not so perfect life comes to an end when her super successful and horrible boss fires her and Katie has to move back to Somerset and help her family with their new glamping business. Katie stays positive with the new glamping business until Demeter, her boss, unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.
It Ends With Us By Collen Hoover. This book was very raw, honest and inspiring and I couldn’t put it down. Lily has had a tough life but after starting her own business and meeting what seems like the perfect guy her life finally seems to be looking up. As Lily is intrigued by the possibility of a new relationship with Ryle, she hasn’t forgotten the only boy she’s every loved. As she and Ryle progress from acquaintances to dating, Lily revisits the past that has shaped the woman she’s become today and the baggage she still carries. Between Ryle and Atlas, she’s overwhelmed with the choices ahead of her.
The Hopefuls By: Jennifer Close. This book was written by the same author of “Girls in White Dresses” which I read years ago and loved. A New York newlywed, Beth was supportive when her husband, Matt, decided to follow his political dreams all the way to Washington. Yet soon after they move to D.C., Beth realizes that she hates everything about it. Things start to change when the couple meets a White House staffer Jimmy and his wife, Ashleigh. The four become inseparable but as Jimmy’s star rises higher and higher, the couples’ friendship—and Beth’s relationship with Matt—is threatened by jealousy, competition, and rumors.
Truly Madly Guilty By Liane Moriarty. This book is a little slower paced and it did take a while for me to get into it. It was not my favorite on this list but one I did want to share. What seems like an ordinary neighborhood BBQ turns in to a mysterious disaster that tore apart lifelong friendships and marriages. Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last-minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and her husband Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s exciting personalities will be an upbeat way to add some excitement to their evening. This book shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.
The Assistants By Camille Perri. This book came up on Amazon while I was browsing for a new book to read this summer and it seemed so relatable to me. I am a personal assistant in my day job so I felt like I had to read it! While I would never do the things the girls did in this book I felt like was a great book for all of us busting our busts in the work world! Tina Fontana is a thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the CEO of a multinational media company. After six years the glamour of working for a media company in New York has completely faded, but her student loan debt has not. One day Tina has the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her loans with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss. As Tina begins to fall down the rabbit hole of her morally questionable plan, other assistants with crushing debt and fewer scruples approach her to say that they want in. Before she knows it, she’s at the forefront of a movement that has implications far beyond what anyone anticipated.
Behind Closed Doors By B.A. Paris. I read this book in 36 hours. This one definitely has twists and turns and kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and cherishes her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows. Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.
The Couple Next Door By Shari Lapena. I use to like to read easy romance and beach reads but I have recently fallen in love with thriller books. The Couple Next Door sucked me in right away and left me wanting more! 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 lands on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.
A Stranger In The House By Shari Lapena. This book is by the same author of “The Couple Next Door” and since I loved that one so much, I knew I wanted to read her second book she wrote when it came out. This book is packed with secrets and twists and a great easy to read thriller. Karen and Tom Krupp have a perfect life together. That is until one day Karen is in an accident in the worst part of town and doesn’t remember anything that happened. As she’s recovering she begins noticing things aren’t quite right. Things are being moved and going missing but she can’t quite figure it out all while the cops keep questioning why she was on the bad side of town. This is another page turner and the ending definitely shocked me!