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I’ve been reading like crazy this year. Usually I’m freaking out in December about meeting my Goodreads goal but this year I was in the home stretch by July. To justify my crazy habit I figured I better give you some recommendations on what books to read next before I read anymore.
I’d love to hear what you’ve read and loved this year too. I have a long list of what I want to read but don’t mind making it longer!
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
If you’re only picking one book from my list choose this one. It’s one of those books I recommend to people and then obnoxiously check in with them to see if they’ve read it yet. I love the family and how they tackle raising a boy who wants to be a girl. The book doesn’t center around just this storyline though, it’s a beautifully honest book on love, marriage and family. Read it!
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
When you read this book you will realize just how few books there are out there like it. It’s a refreshingly new YA-ish book that follows a Latino girl through her senior year of high school as she chases her dream of becoming a chef. Acevedo gave me a cultural wake up call. The majority of popular books center around white people, there are so many minorities who do not see themselves in the books they read. We need more and more and more books like “With the Fire on High” to be mainstream reads.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
If you read The Hate U Give you need to read Thomas’s latest book. If you didn’t read The Hate U Give you need to read both. On the Come Up didn’t pull me in as quickly as The Hate U Give but by the middle of the book I was cheering from my elliptical while reading how the family in this story shows up for their daughter when she encounters legal trouble stemming from racial profiling. Another excellent eye-opener that took me inside a world that I should know much more about.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I started “Cinder” the first book in The Lunar Chronicles series and had no clue why I couldn’t stop reading. This sci-fi novel is not my typical genre of book but something about it being loosely based on the story of Cinderella with a thread of suspense underneath kept me reading. Fast forward four books later and I’m so glad I took a chance on this series. The books are so full of girl power that I’m counting the days until my daughter can read them. Such a well-written series pulling in our favorite fairy tales.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is one of those quirky characters you can’t help but love. Right from the beginning it’s clear that Eleanor is anything but typical. Honeyman carries you along on an entertaining and heartwarming ride as her main character heads down a path of self-discovery. I smiled to myself for at least 50% of this book.
All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
I always save Giffin’s books for summer reads because they are airy and easy. “All We Ever Wanted” was anything but. I’ve seen mixed reviews on this one but I think Giffin did a good job of tackling a hot topic in parenting. She dives into both sides of a high school scandal involving explicit photos, privilege and gender bias. I think she did a great job of making me think of all sides of the story and recommend it to anyone heading into the teen years.
Still Me by JoJo Moyes
“Me Before You” was such a dreamy book that most of us dove right into “After You.” If you’re like me you came up a little disappointed in the sequel. I’m happy to say I liked “Still Me” the third book in Louisa’s story so much more. I can’t say it’s a five star book but I found the story line much more satisfying than the second book in the trilogy. This one finds Louisa in New York and on a much less predictable path than her past adventures.
Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
Williams is my absolute most favorite author-find of the year. She is new to me and I’ve devoured three of her books in the last few months. Every book I’ve read comes with an old Hollywood vibe and a storyline that keeps you turning the pages. “Along the Infinite Sea” flips back and forth between two women’s stories, one in Germany in the 1930s and the other in Cape Cod in the 1960s. The stories merge together in a way that kept me turning pages until the very end.
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Every John Green book is excellent and this one is no different. No long description needed, just read this one and all the others.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
I always love Hannah’s books and am continuously amazed by what vastly different landscapes she covers. As a writer I in awe of how much research she must have to do to tackle each story. In “The Great Alone” Hannah travels to the remote areas of Alaska and draws you in with rich characters and the strong storyline of the family she follows there.
If you like my picks on this list check on my past posts on what books to read. I’d love to hear what’s on your favorite read list too!
- Favorite books of the year
- 12 Books you should read this year
- 10 Books to read this summer
- What to read next
I’d also love to swap reading lists on Goodreads so find me over there too!
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