Best Books from Fun Reads to Self Help
Have the stars aligned and you actually have time to read? Have you decided to carve out a little “me time”? Is your book club looking for a good book? Whatever your reason don’t waste precious time searching, we have compiled a list of books we love as well as those recommended by friends. These are well recommended books in several categories. The list is broken down to help your search. We’ll continually add to the list so check back. Happy reading and who knows, you may find a new favorite!
We’ve highlighted only a few new as well as favorites below. For a more extensive list visit our Amazon Bookstore.
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot
Daisy Jones & The Six: I enjoyed this one! The novel actually reads like a transcript which really pulled me in to the characters. It’s about the rise and fall of a fictional ’70s rock band. It encompasses everything you picture when you think of the music scene of the 70’s, sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.
The Age of Light: Historical fiction about Lee Miller, a Vogue model in the 20’s and Man Ray a photographer. This is an intimate look at their life together. I’m not sure how much is fiction and how much is fact but the book is absorbing and a great read!
Where the Crawdads Sing: I read this over spring break and I loved it! I will warn you it took me a little while to get into the book but I’m glad I stuck it out. You know your into a good book when a tear runs down your cheek…
The Nightingale: This book follows two sisters set in France during WW II as they face their own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom. It is heavy but good. A reminder not to take anything for granted and cherish the moments you have with your loved ones.
Firefly Lane: Another book by Kristin Hannah that I throughly enjoyed! It’s great on all fronts, friendship, love, how one measures success and family. This book is worth purchasing if the hold at the library is too long.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: I loved this book! Eleanor believes she is completely fine. She is content with her life (which I envy). She is unable to filter what she is thinking which is hilarious in some situations. She doesn’t care what others think about her. I found myself laughing out loud one minute then the next minute my heart was breaking for her. Eleanor grew up in and out of foster care, her mom was/is horrible to her, she doesn’t know what it means to be loved. I can’t recommend this book enough. This is a book that will stay with me for years!
Before We Were Yours: This is one that was recommended to me, I’m waiting to be in the right mind frame to read it as I know it will emotional.
Little Fires Everywhere: I just finished this book and I’ll be honest I did’t love it. SO why is it on the list? Because it has been talked about so much and the reviews so great that perhaps I’m missing something?? Please let me know your thoughts!
The Lying Game: A friend recommended this one and I’m looking forward to it!
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton: “A beautiful novel that’s full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice.”–Reese Witherspoon. Just finished and throughly enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the glimpse into Cuban history.
Lilac Girls: One of my favorite books I read last summer!
All We Ever Wanted: Looking forward to Emily Giffin’s next book.
The Echo Maker: This book was very mixed in my reading group, some loved it or some could not even finish it. Would love to know your thoughts…
Small Great Things: One of my favorites by Jodi Picoult.
The Alice Network: Another friend recommendation that I may move up to the top of my list!
The Wife Between Us: Waiting on this from the Library. There are a lot of reviews on it so I’m excited to read it.
Evvie Drake Starts Over: I’ve been wanting to read this since Jenna Bush Hager announced it in her July book club selection! What’s the saying “So many books… ”
The Perfect Couple: The perfect beach read.
I just love getting lost in a book series!
The Seven Sisters (Book 1 0f 5): If you like to get into a series this is a good one. The story is about 6 adoptive sisters, their father recently dies and they soon find out there is a seventh sister that was not adopted. The first book follows one of the sisters as she seeks to discover her past. I read this along with my mom and we both enjoyed the series. Read it along with your person!
Outlander Series – Outlander (Book 1 or 8): This is a solid series. I couldn’t put the first two down, then took some time off, went back when I was in a “book slump” for the next. I’m now at A Breath of Snow and Ashes the sixth book in the series.
Neapolitan Novels- My Brilliant Friend (Book 1 of 4): Set in the 1950’s in a town near Naples, Italy, tells the story of two friends as they navigate life as kids, women, wives, mothers, and leaders.
Still Life (Book 1 of 14): A great choice any time, but a good fall and winter read when I’m in the mood for a mystery.
Me Before You (Book 1 of 3): I watched the movie before reading the book (which I hate to do) but in this case it did not make a difference. If you watched the movie and loved it as I did, it is still worth reading! If your looking for romance, tragedy and controversy this is your book! I was glad I read it, even though I went in knowing exactly how it was going to end.
The Alchemist: An inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemisthas become a modern classic. Get this for your man!
The Artist’s Way: An exciting method to recover your creativity from self-doubt, inattention, fear, jealousy, guilt and other forces that inhibit the creative process. I’ve done the Artist Way twice already!
The Gifts of Imperfection: Everyone should read this book.
Harry: After watching the royal wedding and now after the birth of Archie I had to scoop up this new biography on Prince Harry.
Educated – An amazing story! If you enjoy autobiographies this is a great one!
Health & Family
Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood: Guide for parents of daughters, reveals the seven distinct—and absolutely normal—developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups. I recommend starting this before your daughter starts the teenage years…10 or 11. Knowledge is key and this book has it!
Super Baby Food: This book contains everything you will ever want to know about feeding your baby and toddler (and perhaps beyond).
This is just a high of our list of recommendations well as a few favorites. For a more extensive list visit our Amazon Bookstore.
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