I’m a book gal. In conversation recently, I told someone I keep a steady rotation of books on my iPhone, iPad, and good old-fashioned hard copies around me at all times. My mom used to fear I’d never learn my way around our small hometown because I read while she drove. (She was right but I can’t totally blame my nose-in-book life. I’m also directionally challenged. It’s a real thing. I’m willing to seek professional help from a tall, dark, and handsome man who can drive me around and teach me directions.)
So, narrowing down my book selection proved to be rather… daunting. I hope you like what I found. If you don’t tell me and I’ll look for other cool things for you. My info’s in the bio and I’m always around for positive, glowing, encouraging reviews of how I didn’t quite meet your needs. Or, to simply answer some bookie questions. Whichever one works for you!
Most days you’ll find me reading chick lit. It’s my favorite. Feel free to judge me. I’m out and proud with my favorite vice!
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple — When the conundrum known as Bernadette Fox goes missing, her 15-year-old daughter starts to put together the puzzle that is her mother. As Bee digs through emails and documents to learn more than any 15-year-old should, we’re swept into an easy to read book where relationships and people are never quite as they seem.
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
— A new twist on a Sparks books showcases two couples, one beginning their life together while another revisits a life well spent together. Neither would ever realistically meet but circumstances bring their lives into a collision, and true to Sparks form, a heated love storm unfolds for all of us.
Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
— It’s the biggest loser mixed plus steamy romance mixed with easy reading to make you happy. Holly found comfort in food during a crisis. Then, got a trainer who helped her get all the groove back. But, is the trainer a fling or a forever?
No longer just for AP English class, we adults read literature for (gasp) pleasure! No one tell Mrs. Reeves or she’ll never let me live with my declaration.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
— Life is full of vivid characters. In Beautiful Ruins, Walter’s captures a wide array of them navigating through 50 years of life. If you love rich characters you’ll love this read.
Night Film by Marisha Pessi
— Investigative journalists can get themselves into trouble chasing a story. But, Scott McGrath can’t seem to keep himself from chasing a story to its solution; even if it’s a bitter & deadly ending. You’ll stay in suspense throughout every inch of this book.
The Govenor’s Lady by Robert Inman
— Women and politics; two things that drive men crazy yet they can’t seem to let either just be. Inman shows the growing role of women in politics through the story of a wife who takes her husband’s role as governor as he campaigns for president; or so she thinks. Read along and watch how our main character grows into her own space while enveloped in way too much scandal.
I know two of the three authors of these books. Robin & Lori (one of the 39) make me laugh so hard I get a bonus ab workout! And, Uncle Si… well, if you don’t know him, it’s me judging you now!
Ketchup is a Vegetable by Robin O’Bryant
— O’Bryant speaks the truth about motherhood that very few moms are willing to share outside of their personal journals; and even journal writing may feel a little too forthcoming about the highs and lows. Her three chicks make me laugh (and slightly afraid to have kids) throughout each story in this book. Read it and support the children. Hers!
You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth by 39 women
— True friendships are solidified when a gal pal readily tells you your fly is down, your breath wreaks, or you have lipstick on your teeth. Thus, the 39 women with essays in this novel are all our really good friends! Each shares a story from a woman who’s been there, done that, and laughed to tell the tale.
Si-Cology by Si Robertson and Mark Schiabach
— Uncle Si may drive Willy a little crazy, but the rest of America loves him. Finally we can take the stories of Uncle Sci with us in his new book. It’s the same Si from Duck Dynasty– just a lot more of him. One hitch, this book does not come with its own jug of Si’s sweet tea.
Yes, I’m suggesting young adult books too. I figure we watch Pretty Little Liars, Twilight, and every John Hughes movie ever created. Why not read young adult books too?
Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
— Funke’s trilogy tells a story so captivating with characters so rich you won’t have to hide behind your Kindle to read it. The main character reads aloud with a deep richness; a richness that actually causes the characters of the story to come to life. Like, hanging out in your living room life. Sounds great, right? Well, in Inkheart
it’s a life for a life. A character comes to our world and we lose a character to its world. Chaos and adventure ensue.
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
–Dessen is one of the premier young adult fiction writers of our day. No one captures the heart of young men and women like her. In her latest book, we read see a young woman making a life-altering decision as she comes of age in a small Southern beach town. Each of us knows those certain moments we everything changed and we began our journey into adulthood. Go back and read it in Dessen’s poetic voice.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
— I’m not sure how this book is just now showing up on my radar, but it’s darn near perfection. Hazel, the main character, is living with terminal cancer. Though young, death is imminent. But, her final chapter looks brighter when Augustus Waters appears in her Cancer Kid Support Group. The movie screenplay has been written for this book and high caliber actors are signing up for roles. Read this one soon!