Those who know me must know that I am an avid reader. I am trying to get my hands on a book whenever I can. The beautiful thing about Spring is my week-long time off from work, Spring Break. During this time, I am able to read as much as I can/want. These are some of the books on my reading list for this season. Some of them I have read, and some are still waiting for me to read them. Either way, allow yourself to indulge in these storylines and step into the shoes of the characters.
The Paris Secret
I just finished this book, and I have to be honest. It started out a little slow for my liking. Granted, it had to build and give readers the background context before things really pick up. Swan does a wonderful job of weaving the story in a way that allows you to learn about the characters. She sets the scene for Flora, and how she’s drawn into this world of drama and chaos surrounding this apartment found from World War II. Swan gets you emotionally invested in the story, and makes it difficult for you to put the book down. For that reason, I am recommending you add this to your reading list.
Little Fires Everywhere
I didn’t know what to expect when I began reading this book. I saw it on a recommended book reading list from another blog (I can’t remember which one). Going into this, I knew that based on the opening, it would be a book that I couldn’t put down. It absolutely WAS! I believe I read this book in about 3 days. (I work as a full-time teacher by day, and I don’t have much free time, but I made it a point to find the time.) It’s filled with twists, turns, and surprises, and I recommend it to everyone from preteens to adults. There’s a reason why this book is seen EVERYWHERE.
I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing
If Oprah is writing the foreword and recommending this book, then it must be a damn good book. I read this book while I was on my flights to and from Israel, and in between. It was an amazing story, and I got a great sense of understanding Maya Angelou. She tells the story of her childhood, struggling relationships with her parents, being assaulted, and the aftermath. If I do too much more talking, I’ll give away too much of the story, but this is a wonderful read. Again, if Oprah recommends it, you can rest assured that it must be good.
This a book that I am really looking forward to reading. I’ve heard about some of the effects that football does to the brain, and I am curious to hear the perspective of these two authors. Aaron Hernandez is a football player who gained notoriety for a murder and his own suicide. Some may not like “dark” books like this. However, if you are interested in psychology, biographies, and historical events, then this book should be added to your reading list.
The Black Dahlia
The Black Dahlia is DECADES before my time, but her story has always fascinated me. I first learned about her story on an E! special about unsolved Hollywood murders/crimes. Why am I fascinated with such subjects? I love hearing the rationale behind people when they commit heinous crimes. Additionally, I love crime scene investigations and struggle to understand how people can get away with terrible crimes. Elizabeth Short’s murder was unsolved, but Ellroy tries to fill in the gaps using reality and fiction together.
The Wife Between Us
Honestly, I didn’t even realize that I was missing the key element of this book until it was revealed in the end. This book will blow your wig back, so hold on to it. (This is a joke, I realize that not everyone wears wigs.) WOW! Again, I had the case of not being able to put this book down. This is a MUST-READ for women everywhere. PERIOD. I’m not going to sell you any more than that. If you decide to pick up the book, you will thank me for it later. I give this book 5-stars.
The Great Gatsby
Of course, there has to be a classic novel on this reading list. Fitzgerald put together a story that seems to receive mixed reviews from its readers and audiences. I read this book in high school (it was mandatory), and I really enjoyed it. So many people look at the surface level of the story and miss some of the deeper meanings. There are so many things to get out of this novel, but you have to dig a little deeper to get them. Regardless, I feel like this is a book that everyone should read at some point in their life. Plus, it’s a book that appeals to ALL audiences, young and old, male and female, etc.
A GREAT Series
I left this option blank for a reason. There are so many options for a series, and I couldn’t limit you to just one or two. Some people are obsessed with the Harry Potter series, Twilight series, or The Hunger Games series. Others may be into the Fifty Shades of Grey Series and Helen Hardt’s Steel Brother series. (Helen Hardt is an excellent writer. Her stories keep me on edge… literally, and she has several series to pick from.)
Of course, sometimes age can transcend some of these series and genres. For instance, I realized that I have the first half of the Gossip Girl series, and I am on book three. My goal is to get through the series. For those in middle school, I recommend the Clique series (it’s more age-appropriate than Gossip Girl, which really appeals to high schoolers). For elementary kiddos, I recommend Junie B. Jones, Goosebumps, and Captain Underpants. There’s a series for everyone!
I love Recommendations!
What book(s) would you recommend for reading? Why would you recommend them? Sound off in the comments below. Also, if you’d be so kind to share this post, it would be greatly appreciated. Until next time!