I was born with a reading list I will never finish
– Maud Caseym –
My new position at work has given me many perks: a “normal” workweek, access to serious designer steals, and the forced opportunity to ride the city bus. Although my new commute allows for an hour of uninterrupted reading time five days a week, I still feel like I’ll never even come close to reading everything on my wish list. Fortunately though I was able to cross these six off my reading list last month and am already tackling this with this on deck. What book are you currently escaping to?
If I Stay by Gayle Forman – A snow day from school turns into a spontaneous family road trip to visit family nearby, but in a split second a horrific accident shatters Mia’s world and leaves her forced to make an impossible decision to leave or to stay in her new but broken life. Recommended to me by a few friends, I was anxious to finally start this book, which had me hooked until the last page and had me immediately starting the sequel. The question of “Is this life worth living without those you love in it?” had me positively reflecting and questioning my relationships, purpose, and ambitions.
Where She Went by Gayle Forman – Picking up three years later, the sequel to If I Stay switches narratives to Mia’s boyfriend Adam and voices his thoughts, feelings, and struggle with the consequences of the life changing accident of book one. Both books were started and finished within two days, enough said.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – Get the inside scoop of life on The Office set, what she really thinks makes the perfect best friend, and how to stay the perfect amount of famous in Hollywood. Reading this memoir felt just like what I imagine conversing with Mindy in real life would be like: hilarious, all over the place, witty, fun, and endearing.
The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki – Everyone knows the disgrace the name Benedict Arnold carries with it, but few know the woman standing behind him and the influential role she played in his treasonous behavior. Get to know Miss Peggy Shippen and how her fight for fame and fortune almost destroyed the American fight for freedom. I adored how this book was narrated from the maid’s perspective and that the author shared her inspiration and discussed reality vs fiction at the end of the book. They always say “behind every great man stands a great woman” so what does that say for the wife of Benedict Arnold?
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – From the author of “The Husband’s Secret” (read my review here), this tale of mothers navigating the trenches of kindergarten for the first time takes schoolyard mischief to a whole new level. I’ll say it again: I love a book told from multiple perspectives with a who-dun-it storyline and this one did not disappoint. Who would have thought kindergarten mums could be hiding so much scandal?
The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins – Rachel rides the train to and from London daily, secretly observing a couple breakfasting on their patio until one day she sees something shocking. Unable to keep the secret quiet, Rachel informs the police of her observation and unexpectedly finds herself tangled in a mess outside of her control. The writing wasn’t über creative and I had the ending figured out by 60% completion but I still really enjoyed the suspense leading up to the ending and trying to untangle the web of lies presented through the viewpoints of the three women.