Do you love to read? Most people I know do. I used to be a constant visitor to the bookstore or the library, until it seemed like life got in the way and reading time was taken up by all sorts of other things. It's a refrain I've heard before from parents as a RI family photographer.
This year I decided to try and make time to read more. It's relaxing. It's good for your brain. So what if I sometimes fall asleep with a book on my face. (Just me? Come on, there have to be others out there, right?) A Nook e-reader unexpectedly showed up for me under the Christmas tree this past Christmas. As much as I love real books (The smell! Turning pages!), one has to admit that e-readers are super convenient. You can fit so many books on ONE TINY SLIM DEVICE. This is super helpful when traveling, waiting at the doctor, waiting at kids' practices, etc. You can even get books from the library on them...mind blown. Needless to say, the Nook has helped my reading along this year, partially due to its convenience. There's been lots of reading going on, and I've got three recent reads to recommend to you!
If you don't have an e-reader, not to worry. These books, of course, can all be found in regular good old book format at the library, your local bookstore (Wakefield Books is the best!), or online. Look below to see what books you need to be picking up stat!
GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn
OK, so this book isn't new, but not everyone has read it (including me, up until this year). If you haven't read it, walk, do not run, to somewhere with books to get it, and make sure you have some time put aside because you won't want to put it down. This well-written thriller, containing some pretty fantastic plot twists, centers around wife Amy, who disappears, and her husband Nick, who quickly becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. This one will keep you guessing--and riveted--until the very end.
THE IMMORTALISTS by Chloe Benjamin
This novel spans a timeframe from the 1960s until the mid-2000s. It centers around four siblings in New York City who, as children, go to see a fortune teller who claims she can predict their dates of death. Each child handles this information differently, and the book follows each sibling through their path in life. Was the fortune teller right when she said that everybody's future is already inside them? I wasn't sure what to expect out of this book; I got it because I LOVE books set in the 70s and 80s. Reading it was a pleasant surprise, and the last few chapters throw in something that I never saw coming (but I bet the fortune teller did!)
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn
If you like thrillers, mysteries, or suspense novels (and if you've read Gone Girl and liked it), you will definitely love this one. This book is about Anna, an agoraphobic former psychologist who has been house bound for nearly a year. She spends her time spying on her nearby neighbors with her camera and telephoto lens, and one day, she witnesses something seemingly terrible. As each chapter rolls out, there are more questions that arise about Anna. Why is she agoraphobic? Why are she and her husband, Ed really separated? And are the things she is seeing actually happening, or are they a figment of her somewhat fractured mind and all the medication she's taking? This one is almost impossible to put down.
What books are you loving lately? Have any suggestions? Let me know in the comments!