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When I finish reading a book, I always find myself in a sort of depression. I feel gratified that I’ve just finished another great read, but then I don’t know where to go next! If this sounds like you, I’ve composed a short list of the books that I’ve read recently/highly recommend. I’ve also added my “want to read” list at the end for even more ideas for you!
Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult
I read this book at the end of the summer. I actually listened to the book through my libraries App, on my drive to and from work during the work week. The story is about a pre-teen girl who has been looking for her mother, since she disappeared years prior. Leaving Time dives into the past of a woman who is a mother, scientist and wife who faces hardship, heartbreak and a devastating reality.
Topics: Mystery, Realism, Family, Relationships, Skepticism
I read this book a few weeks ago, recommended to me by Belle. At first when she explained it to me, I was skeptical. It didn’t seem like the type of book I usually read. I was right, but I also had a hard time pausing the audio book!
Ready Player One takes place in 2044, where reality has become what everyone fears it would: poor and damaged and people dying with the planet. However, the one saving grace is the world-wide virtual reality, the OASIS. The creator of the OASIS has died and left an entire universe full of games and puzzles waiting to be solved. Once they all are, fame and fortune awaits the winner; but there can only be one.
Topics: Mystery, Science Fiction, Relationships, Nerds, Futuristic
The Perfume Collector – Kathleen Tassaro
My grandma recommended this book to me earlier this year. After reading the back cover, I decided to give it a shot. The Perfume Collector is about a newly-wed, Grace, who resides in London. She receives a letter from a mysterious woman in Paris saying she’s inherited all of this woman’s belongings. Grace must discover who this mystery woman is, and why she’s left everything in her name by digging into a stranger’s past as well as her own.
Topics: Relationships, Family, History
The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
My sister recommended I read What Alice Forgot, but since it was unavailable as an audio book, I decided to try something else by Liane Moriarty.
Cecilia Fitzpatrick is the perfect wife and mother, and is now burdened with her husband’s dark secret. A letter will change everything for Cecilia and her family, as well as others. The Husband’s Secret is written from a different point of view each chapter. Soon, the truth has become revealed changing everyone’s lives forever.
Topics: Love, Mystery, Relationships, Family
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
I decided to read this book because I remembered how it had been a best seller years back when I was younger. I wouldn’t have been able to understand then, so now seemed as good a time as ever to read.
Nitta Sayuri tells her story of how she was sold to become a Geisha at a young age. Memoirs of a Geisha covers Sayuri’s life struggles as a child, becoming a geisha and life during WWII in Japan. The story is extremely engaging and powerful; however prepare yourself for a long read.
Topics: Family, Relationships, History, Geisha, Memoir
Note: Check out the movie that came out on this book in 2005
Related Reading: Belle’s 5 Favorite Books, Elena’s 5 Favorite Books
Elena’s “Want to Read” List
The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty
Big Little Lies– Liane Moriarty
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl– Anne Frank
Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly
Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
Harry Potter Series– J.K. Rowling