1. Where The Crawdads Sing
I read this book at the beginning of 2020 and honestly it sparked my love of reading all over again. As a child and teenager, I was an avid reader and somewhere along the way, life got in the way and I lost my passion for it but this book brought it back and I am so thankful. If you read just one book from this list, this is it. It had me rooting for the main character from the moment I started reading all the way to the end. The writing is incredible and you won’t want to put it down.
2. The Silent Patient
I could not put this book down! It was so suspenseful and dramatic but not to the point where I was having panic attacks… just the right amount. haha! The story was brilliantly told and I was so engrossed in the characters of this story. The last few chapters is so gripping that it’ll have you reading as fast as possible to find out what happens next. So so so good!
3. The Nightingale
This is such a beautiful story of two sisters during the World War 2 and their quest for survival during an unimaginable time and living through the worst conditions. It’s an inspiring story of love, loyalty, resilience and bravery. The writing is so good that I found myself transported back into that time period. This is a classic and a book to read for many years to come.
4. The Language of Flowers
One of my favorite books of all time! I think I read this book in a matter of 2-3 days, I just couldn’t put it down. I love stories that evoke anger and love in the main character at the same time. This book did that for me. It is such a good story of a girl coming out of the foster care system and trying to find her place in a world that has been so cruel to her.
5. She’s Come Undone
I’m a huge fan of Wally Lamb after reading his other book, “I Know This Much Is True“, which is also an HBO series starring Mark Ruffalo. Also a great read. But this is about “She’s Come Undone.”
Wally Lamb is a genius at character development and the heroine of this story is so relatable on so many levels. It amazed me that he was so in tune with what women feel and go through and the childhood trauma so many women have to learn to live with. I caught myself stopping at times to remind myself that it is a male author who wrote this book, not a female!
This is another story that left me rooting for the main character from the beginning. I also cried for her, sympathized with her and saw some of me in her which I’m going to bet most women will say the same.
I absolutely loved this book!
Let me know in the comments below if you have ready any of these books and what you thought. I love discussing great stories and authors!
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