What have you been reading lately?
I took to Instagram and asked you guys for your favorite recent reads, and got so many amazing answers! I’ve rounded up my top 21 favorites that I can’t wait to put on my Kindle!
As for me, I just discovered Gill Paul‘s awesome books and so far I have read The Secret Wife and I’m almost done with No Place For a Lady. Both are SO good I couldn’t put them down! I really love historical fiction and she does an amazing job of creating stories based on fact that are so descriptive you can’t quite tell what is real and what isn’t!
Here’s a quick synopsis of both from Goodreads:
The Secret Wife:
1914: Russia is on the brink of collapse, and the Romanov family faces a terrifyingly uncertain future. Grand Duchess Tatiana has fallen in love with cavalry officer Dmitri, but events take a catastrophic turn, placing their romance—and their lives—in danger.
2016: Kitty Fisher escapes to her great-grandfather’s remote cabin in America, after a devastating revelation makes her flee London. There, on the shores of Lake Akanabee, she discovers the spectacular jewelled pendant that will lead her to a long-buried family secret.
No Place for a Lady:
1854. England is in the grip of a gruesome war.
Lucy Harvington, ill-educated beyond how to be a wife, has travelled to the Crimea with her handsome and impetuous officer husband Charlie. As the day of battle dawns she can only pray her husband survives. If he doesn’t, what will become of her?
Now, on to the exciting part–the reader favorites list–thank you to all who submitted!
Do Not Say We Have Nothing
“It’s about classical music and family legacies set against the Chinese revolutions of the 1900’s. It was just SO good!”–Sarah
The Wilding Sisters
A suspense/mystery about a family who moves in an old manor home in the UK and their experience living in it. It flip flops back and forth in time to something that happened in the house decades earlier and how it all ties together.”–Ashleigh
Eight Hundred Grapes
Set against the lush backdrop of Sonoma County’s wine country, Eight Hundred Grapes is a heartbreaking, funny, an deeply evocative novel about love, marriage, family, wine, and the treacherous terrain in which they all intersect. The main character is a 30 year old attorney who lives in Los Angeles but runs back to the small family vineyard she grew up in when she finds out her fiancé has been keeping a secret from her. But when she reutnrs home to her parents and brothers, she finds that her family has been secrets from her too.” –Sylvia
It’s about facing adversity and how to deal when life throws you a curve ball. Great especially if people like Lean In! –Jill
About two people who slowly fall in love without even talking to each other. (He reads her emails, and she stalks him at work, haha!) It deals with millennials and the struggles young professionals face. –Betsy
Set in WWII invaded France, it shows how two sisters helped the resistance, and risked their lives in the process in their own different ways. I didn’t want to put it down! The best I’ve read in a long time. –Alex
In a Dark Dark Wood:
Such a good read! It’s been picked up for a movie by Reese Witherspoon’s production company. It’s based in the UK–a young girl gets invited to a hen party (aka bachelorette) of an old friend who she does not have contact with anymore, yet she decides to go. It’s a murder mystery thriller. My favorite!–Alissa
Crazy Rich Asians:
I’m honestly a sucker for the Crazy Rich Asian series! It kind of reminded me of Gossip Girl in a sense, but grown up and gone international. It’s got a few different story lines going on with different characters but it mainly revolves around Nick and Rachel and them going to Singapore for Nick’s best friend’s wedding.”–Loisanne
Final girls is the name dubbed for those who were the only survivors of horrible events. Two of the three finally come together after one of the final girls dies. It’s full of twists and turns but similar to Gone Girl and Woman in Cabin 10! –Kait
The Summer Before The War:
Don’t be intimidated by how big it is–I read it so quicly because I couldn’t put it down! I became way too invested in the characters. It’s about how these high society characters in an English town handle the upcoming life changes from World War I. – Caitlin
When Breath Becomes Air
This is an emotional nonfiction account about a man (Paul) who is curious (and afraid) when it comes to death. In this book, he has to come to terms with death and illness while being a neurosurgery resident. He always helps others deal with dying, and now he has to deal with it himself. It’s an amazing book!– Felicia
**Jess’ note: If you follow my absolute favorite blogger, Cup of Jo, you will recognize this story. This is actually her brother in law who wrote the book–her sister’s late husband. It’s been on my list for awhile, but I’m afraid it will be too sad to read. Maybe this is the final push I needed!
The Alice Network:
It follows two women in the years 1915 and 1947. In 1915, Eve Gardiner is a young British spy in Nazi occupied France, working as part of an all-female spy network during WWI. In 1947, Charlie St. Clair is a pregnant college student who runs away from her parents in Europe to search for her cousin who went missing in WWII. The two women meet in 1947, and gooff on an adventure that weaves their stories together. It’s an extremely well written and an excellent mix of adventure, girl power, and romance! – Jillian
The Couple Next Door:
Totally dateline-esque. I kept thinking I had it figured out and then there was another twist. I was on the very edge of my seat right until the very end! –Jennie (Jess’ note: Several people actually recommended this one!!)
A memoir from Paris Vogue Editor in Chief, Joan Juliet Buck. She reflects on her life and the super interesting people she meets and interacts with along the way. (Friends like Karl Lagerfeld and Angelica Huston!) –Connie
A software programmer in San Francisco unexpectedly acquires a sourdough starter and teaches herself how to bake bread. After attempting to sell it at a Bay Area farmer’s market, she gets invited, instead, to sell it at a secret market fusing food and technology. It was a quirky and charming read!–Christina
Maybe in Another Life:
About a girl who moves back to LA (where she grew up) and runs into her high school boyfriend. He asks her to go home with him, and then the book splits and it switches between her life if she says yes, and her life if she says no. It’s AMAZING.–Charlotte
Woman in Cabin 10:
A murder mystery about a girl who hears something weird in the cabin next to her on a cruise ship while on a work trip. It sucked me in so much I forgot to get off the train at my stop one morning! –Samantha
It’s SO FUNNY and a really good story for the “student loan” generation. In short, it’s about a girl whose boss has a ton of money, and she stumbles upon a check and decides to pay off her student loan debt without anyone finding out. Well, people DO find out, and it goes from there! –Laura
The Paris Architect:
I’m reading this now and loving it! It follows an architect during the Holocaust who has been hired to create secret hiding places for Jews that the Nazis won’t be able to find. –Phoebee
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk:
Lillian is loosely based on the Macy’s highest paid female advertising writer, fiction, from her perspective as an 80-something living in New York. Humorous, serious, and interesting. – Connie
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years:
Everyone in their twenties needs to read this. Don is a writer trying to figure out what makes a good story. Throuh personal storytelling, moments of enlightenment, and plenty of wit, he discovers what it takes to alive a better story. If it weren’t’ for this book, I would not have taken the risk to apply for new jobs and move away from everyone I knew. It’s just so honest and relatable to anyone still trying to “find themselves.” If you’re feeling lost, like something is missing or feel stuck in a routine with no end goal, this book is everything. –Kaylee
What favorite books have you read lately? Any on this list? Would love to know your thoughts!