Reading has always been such an important part of my life. The concept of having an adventure at your fingertips is such a neat thing! I kid you not when I tell you that I have re-read the entire Harry Potter series ten times. This being said, I am so bad about putting reading on the back burner and have really been missing it lately. This year I really want to focus on carving time out of my day to unwind before bed and read. I have created a massive book list that I want to get and read this year. I love getting new book recommendations from people so I thought that it would be fun to share my book list with ya’ll!
I have really been interested in thrillers lately, and Find Her looks soo good! This novel is about a girl that was kidnapped for over a year and is learning to assimilate back into society. She becomes involved in another kidnapping case, and it is up to a Boston detective to find her before she is lost forever.
I have already seen the movie adaptation of this story but I have been itching to read the book! I am a firm believer that books are almost always better than the movies! (Harry Potter included). You can’t tell me that this description of the novel doesn’t sound fascinating:
“So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her – her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling.”
I read this futuristic series about five years ago and totally loved it. I really want to re-read them because they were so great the first time! Scott Westerfeld writes about a world where a mandatory surgery at age sixteen wipes out any physical imperfections by transforming everyone to meet a certain standard of beauty.
I have already started reading this and am really loving it! The story follows a classic southern family living in Charlotte. Each chapter is dedicated to a different family member and really does a good job of developing each character while continuing to propel the main storyline forward. I love how accurate this portrayal of southern culture and high society seems to be and have quite enjoyed it so far! If you are interested in southern culture at all I would definitely add this to your book list.
Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, wrote an inspiring book guiding women through the ins and outs of succeeding in a traditional work environment and in any business setting that they might encounter.
“She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.” She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.”
I picked this intriguing thriller up in the clearance section of Half Price Books (in mint condition I might add, gotta love Half Price Books) and am so excited to start it. The story follows a young fourteen year old boy that witnesses a murder and is placed into witness protection. The two killers that committed the act are now after the boy and will stop at nothing until he is silenced for good.
Written by the author of Sex and the City, One Fifth Avenue follows the lives of the tenants in New York’s oldest luxury high rise. “From the hedge fund king’s wife to the aging gossip columnist to the free-spirited actress (a recent refugee from L.A.), each person’s game plan for a rich life comes together under the soaring roof of this landmark building.”
After binge watching the first two seasons of the popular tv show the 100 when I had the flu a few weeks ago, I was HOOKED. If you haven’t seen this show please drop what you are doing and run to Netflix right now. The first two seasons are on Netflix and the current season (the third) is airing on the CW and on Hulu. After falling in love with the show I went looking for more. I discovered the like many good things, the show was based off a set of novels by Kass Morgan. While I’ve heard that they differ in several ways from the show, I am super excited to dive into them.
I told you that I was in the mood for thrillers! I can’t call myself a reader without having read at least one of Stephen King’s legendary works. After extensive research and several conversations with the friendly staff at Half Price Books, I settled on starting my Stephen King experience with one of his all time greatest stories: The Stand. At over one thousand pages, I will be surely occupied for awhile!
I hope this book list has inspired you to make one of your own. Books truly are magical and I really want as many people as possible to get a taste of that magic. Corny, but oh so true.
What stories are on your book list in 2016?