Okay, I read a LOT this month but we will blame that on being sick. I’m not a total shut-in, I promise! 😉 When I am sick the only thing that will help is a good book and lots of hot tea… and during the week that I had the flu, I read three books!) So that put us over the edge this month. I absolutely loved everything I read this month, especially Little Fires Everywhere, The Woman in the Window, Ready Player One, and The Last Mrs. Parrish. This reading list is one of my faves as everything on it is soooo good… if you love a good thriller as much as I do, this list is for you!
If you’re looking for a book, don’t forget – you can always check out my Book Club Page. I have literally listed every.single.book I’ve read in the past few years…. and you can filter + search (memoir, light read, historical fiction, thriller, etc!) to find exactly what you’re looking for And of course, you can also take a peek at last month’s reading list, which was one of my favorites to date.
AND! Please comment and tell me what you are reading… your suggestions are my favorite… I literally shop the comments section of these post – you always have such good recommendations for me, which I really appreciate!
* Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna had me up ALL NIGHT. I read it in just a few short days. It started a little bit slowly, and then I could not put it down. It was one of those situations where I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t sleep… so I just turned the light on and finished the book. I couldn’t stop. A single mother’s two daughters disappear without a trace from a strip mall in Pennsylvania. The cops prove to be unhelpful so her parents enlist the help of bounty hunter Alice Vega. Vega partners up with an ex-cop and the book is the story of their wild chase to find the girls. It constantly kept me on my toes… and I did not guess the ending which always makes me happy!
* Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng was (as many of you assured me it would be via DM) one of the best books I read all year. It’s the story of the Richardson family – a well to do family in Shaker Heights (a quaint little town outside of Cleveland), living in their perfectly planned out bubble. And then bohemian, artist. single mother Mia and her teenage daughter Pearl show up and everything changes. There’s so much in here. Family dynamics, coming of age stories, a custody battle, secrets… so much. Celeste Ng is a master story teller. I love how fluidly she alternates between the perspectives of the different characters… and how relatable and likable she manages to make each character – despite their flaws. I couldn’t put it down and you won’t be able to either!
* The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, is a book that I had serious concerns about. Why? Because everyone has been building it up SO MUCH. It just came out and is already committed to a movie. People are calling it the next Girl on the Train or Gone Girl. And whenever that happens, the book usually is not very good. It’s like a curse. “The Curse of Being the Next Gone Girl.” But I am very pleased to report that the book indeed, did live up to the hype. Anna Fox suffers from agoraphobia and has not left her house in over a year. She’s estranged from her husband and daughter, and spends her days drinking, popping pills, visiting online chatrooms, and spying on her neighbors. One day she witnesses something terrible – but we have the case of the unreliable protagonist… what really happened!? It’s a chilling journey with multiple twists and turns. I kept thinking I’d guessed what really happened, only to have something else happen. It’s the sort of book you’ll wake up to read at 6am before work (or stay up all night). I really enjoyed it and can’t wait for the movie.
* The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion was my “smart” book this month. (I’m well aware of the fact that I read wayyy too many thrillers + YA books!) I just love her writing. She is one of the most talented authors I’ve read, and one of my all time favorites. I find myself reading and re-reading anything she writes about New York over and over again. I started this one not knowing what it was about (it’s about the year after her husband passes away suddenly) and oh man, it did an emotional number on me. It gutted me. I cried more than once reading it. If you’ve experienced a big loss, I wouldn’t read it right now… but add it to your list as it’s beautifully written and touching.
* Ready Player One by Ernest Cline took me a while to get into, about 80 pages to be exact. During those first 80 pages I found myself really frustrated. Everyone I know whose taste I respect in books LOVED it and I felt mad at myself that I just couldn’t get into it. But after those first 80 pages, I was transfixed. I could not put it down and was basically just addicted to it! I was sick with the flu one weekend so I just read and read and read and finished it. It takes place in 2045 and Earth is an awful place. We’ve diminished most of our natural resources and the only escape is a virtual reality system called OASIS. The founder of OASIS passes away and puts together a challenge… the winner of which will receive his (billionaire!) fortune. It becomes something that people will kill for. Our hero Wade Watts (who we know from the start won the challenge) is a lonely teenager living in the stacks (stacks of trailers) of Oklahoma City. The book is his story – his search for the prize + the friendships he makes along the way. If you love sci-fi as much as I do, you will love this one. All of the eighties pop culture references don’t hurt either!
* The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine is (as a reader DM’d me) pure, delicious trash. It’s such a fun read and I couldn’t put it down. Set in Connecticut, it’s the story of Amber Patterson who (very disturbingly) has laid out a very intense plan to steal Jackson Parrish (the ultra rich, handsome, successful husband of beautiful, blonde Daphne Parrish) right out from under his wife. You’re totally horrified and hate her so much but then there’s a big twist. I will warn you that the twist (and plot) is VERY similar to one of the books on last month’s reading list. It isn’t great literature, (I mean come on let’s be real most of the books I love aren’t) but I loved it nonetheless.
* Still Me, from Jojo Moyes is the third book in the Me Before You saga. It follows where After You left off. Moyes is one of my all time favorite authors… I just love the characters of her books… they’re all so relatable and lovable. And she always makes me cry. It picks up as Louisa moves to New York City to work as a companion to the much younger, very depressed wife of a billionaire. The new job (and life in New York) is a huge adjustment for her (keeping up with her long distance boyfriend, adjusting to the pace of life in New York). In true Louisa fashion, she prevails… befriending her crotchety old neighbor, the girls at the vintage store downtown, and a handsome banker (who looks exactly like Will). I liked this one better than After You, but of course not nearly as much as Me Before You. But really nothing will be as good as the first one!
Someone is going to ask – my pajamas are from Sant & Abel’s Beverly Hills Hotel Collection. I also wore them (at the BHH!) in this post. It doesn’t seem like they are available anymore (I got mine a few years ago), but these are pretty great – I have the robe and it’s one of my go-to gifts for my girlfriends’ birthdays.
photography by Trent Bailey.