Spring Reading List

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July 23, 2019

spring reading list, favorite reads, liane moriarty, karin slaughter

I don’t post about it a lot, but I absolutely love reading. Well, to be totally honest, I love listening to audiobooks. I blow through about 3 books a week and I can’t get enough. It all started six years ago when a friend let me borrow Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I listened to it on a roadtrip and I was instantly hooked. I listened to book after book, but what’s funny is, they were all nonfiction books. Nonfiction was the only genre I listened to for almost two years.

I don’t remember which book changed my mind, but I slowly went from nonfiction to best sellers, including fiction, to now almost exclusively fiction thrillers. I just love them! I can’t get enough Karin Slaughter or Liane Moriarty and I always have an eye out for the latest release from my favorite genres and authors. Anyone else dying for the next book in the Four Monkey Killer Series?! Anyway, I just set a reading goal of reading 100 books this year on my GoodReads account, so I figured I’d share some of my favorite books I’ve read lately as well as the top ones on my reading list. And feel free to connect with me on GoodReads!

Favorite Recent Reads:

Yes, the same one at the Netflix series. I read this one back in the beginning of 2018 and I LOVED it. I was soooo beyond excited when I heard they were making it into a show and I, of course, watched the entire season. As always, the book is better even though I did like the show too! The second book in the series, Hidden Bodies, is definitely not as good as the first.

My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
Fredrik Backman has been one of my favorite authors ever since I read A Man Called Ove a few years ago. All of his books are amazing real-feeling stories that make you think about life and what really matters. They’re all feel-good books, but very realistic and My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is no exception. I especially love it since I have such a close and special relationship with my own grandmother!

White Lies
This classic thriller mystery is one of the best I’ve read lately. Granted, most of the ones I read are pretty cheesy, but this one actually kept me guessing all the way until the end. After all, there are always three sides to every story, right?

Nine Perfect Strangers
Liane Moriarty’s newest book is similar to her others in that it gives the reader a view into the lives of seemingly normal people. This time, though, they’re all together at a health resort. But after a while, we come to learn that the visitors to this health might be more stable than the owner and leader of the program.

The Storyteller’s Secret
This beautiful story takes place in two time periods, over two continents, and from two women’s perspectives: the granddaughter in present day, and the grandmother several decades ago. Full of family secrets, forbidden love, and cultural struggles, this book teaches countless lessons and keeps you thinking well after the last page.

The Fourth Monkey (4MK Series, Book 1)
This book has been described as Silence of the Lambs meets Se7en and I couldn’t agree more. I always love it when a criminal has a special connection with, and continuously outsmarts, the detective hunting him/her and this might be the best example of that scenario I’ve ever read. With lots of carnage, this book is a thriller through and through. I can’t wait for the final installment of the series to be released!

Girls’ Night Out
This light read is the perfect mix of friendship between women, entrepreneurship, romance, mystery, and travel. How can someone pack all my favorite things (besides romance. Bleh.) into one book? And in such a page-turning way! I don’t know how Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke do it, but I do know that I love it!

My Reading List:

Where the Crawdads Sing
“For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.”

The Other Woman
“He loves you: Adam adores Emily. Emily thinks Adam’s perfect, the man she thought she’d never meet.

But she loves you not: Lurking in the shadows is a rival, a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

And she’ll stop at nothing: Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.”

The Perfect Child
“Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own.

But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways, directing all her rage at Hannah. Unable to bond with Janie, Hannah is drowning under the pressure, and Christopher refuses to see Janie’s true nature.

Hannah knows that Janie is manipulating Christopher and isolating him from her, despite Hannah’s attempts to bring them all together. But as Janie’s behavior threatens to tear Christopher and Hannah apart, the truth behind Janie’s past may be enough to push them all over the edge.”

Triptych (Will Trent Series, Book 1)
“From Atlanta’s wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael’s lover before she became his enemy. But unbeknownst to both of them, another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer’s trail in the most coincidental of ways and who may be the key to breaking the case wide open.”

Educated: A Memoir
“Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.”

I’m so excited to dive into these few books over the next month or so. I particularly love the Karin Slaughter pick, Triptych, not only because it’s by one of my favorite authors, but also because it’s a series. I love series because I always know what I’m going to read next!

What are some of your favorite recent reads and what do you have on your spring reading list?