To me, there are two times of the year that I love to read. One, when it is too cold to go outside and the days are short. Two, when you are on vacation sitting by a pool or beach. For the last few years, I’ve set a goal for the number of books I wanted to read. The last two years I’ve set the goal at 12, but this year I decided to increase it to 15. Now that I’ve come up with a stricter schedule, I’m hoping it will be easier to find time in the evenings. I’m also trying to limit watching TV during the week and save it for the weekends.
Last year I signed up for the Book of the Month Club (I wrote a blog post about it here). I love that they select 5 books each month, all which they believe their members will love. Of those selections, some of them will be exclusives (released a month early for BOTM members) or debut authors.
All of my picks in this post are from Book of the Month because they are where I’ve purchased all of my books in the last year. Confession time: in the last half of 2017, I didn’t pick up and read a single book. Every book I finished was an audiobook. I had started one of Woman No. 17 last year but never finished it. Of the 6 books listed, I purchased 3 of them within the last month…and I’ve actually finished one of them on this list in the last couple of weeks! Alright, here the six books I’ll be reading in the next few months!
Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki
I selected this book after the Book of the Month judge said that “Some books pull you in from the very first sentence; this one had me at the dedication”. The novel is set during a particularly hot summer in the Hollywood Hills and follows the lives of two women. Lady Daniels, a newly single mother of two and her new nanny “S” who she hires from a Craigslist ad. The pair forms an unlikely friendship while their lives continue to spiral further out of control. The publisher says “darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation”. I’m excited to see if it as good as the reviews say it is!
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Paula Hawkins burst on the scene with her debut novel, The Girl on the Train. Her second novel continues to deliver an adrenaline-fueled read that is a must for suspense lovers. In a small English town, there is a particular spot above the river where for centuries women have leaped into the drowning pool. But have they all jumped? Or have some of them actually been pushed? When a teenager and the mother of her best friend are discovered dead, the town must confront and question everything they thought they knew. After completely devouring Paula’s first novel, I’m ready to see if this one is as hard to put down.
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
“Part Shakespearean retelling and part Alice Hoffman-style literary fantasy, the novel teems with luminous, evocative language and characters so alive I half-expected them to climb off the page and walk around my house.” Some of my favorite books are those where the characters are so well developed that you feel like they could be your best friend because you understand them on a deeper level. When the BOTM judge described the characters as being able to walk right off the page, I knew this love story about two teens from family’s with a century-long rift was one I wouldn’t be able to put down.
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
This novel was my selection for the month of December and it also happened an exclusive that month. The chapters rotate between 1986 and 2016. In 1986 a group of friends used chalk stick figures to communicate secret messages. One morning Eddie follows a code to go to the woods. He follows the message to find a teenager who’s been murdered. In 2016 Eddie is a working as a teacher trying to forget his past. One day he received a letter with a single chalk stick figure. He brushes it off as a prank, but then one of his old friends is killed. He is then forced to face his past and figure out what really happened 30 years ago.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
This book was selected as the Book of the Year through the Book of the Month club so I decided to add it to my box for the month. I’m also a huge fan of historical fiction, therefore I knew it would most likely be a book that I’d enjoy. The book moves from 1945 to 2015 as it follows Cyril, who was given up as a baby by an unwed teen mother in post-war Ireland. The novel takes you along as he grows, struggles with his identity, religion, sexuality, his home, and country.
Two Girls Down By Judge Nina Sankovitch
After just reading the description of this book, I knew I needed to know what happened. During the five minutes it takes Jamie to dash into a Kmart in her small Pennsylvania town, her two young daughters disappear. Their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to find the girls before time runs out.
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