Something you may not know about me is that I am a huge fan of reading. I especially love to devour books during the summertime! I will always recommend some of my favorite books when someone asks, so I thought I’d list my top five for you guys in case you’re interested.
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
This novel is about a hairdresser, Dorrie, who does a favor for her oldest client, Isabelle, by taking her on a road trip to attend the funeral of a mystery person. Throughout the road trip Isabelle recounts the story of her forbidden relationship and the tragedies that unfolded because of it. I was somewhat skeptical of this book at first because it’s not my usual time period, but let me tell you, I was hooked! By the end of the book I had so many emotions running through me I didn’t even know what to do. I couldn’t stop thinking about this novel and its characters for days after I’d finished. I would recommend this book over and over again!
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
I love this book. I love this book. I love this book. I couldn’t put this down the entire time I was reading it! This one is more my style of reading. It’s about a girl, Ani, who leads a very calculated and perfect life. Things aren’t as they seem, though. While Ani is planning her wedding, she is asked to take part in a documentary about a seriously traumatic event that took place during her childhood. The descriptions and detail Knoll gives in this book are amazing! You can perfectly picture the setting of the novel and everything that takes place. I so badly want Jessica Knoll to write another novel!
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I’m sure you all have heard about this novel by now since it’s been made into a movie. It definitely deserves the hype it’s received. This story is about a woman, Rachel, who takes the same commuter train every single day, and every day she sees a perfect couple, totally in love with each other and leading the perfect life. Except they’re not. One day, Rachel sees something so shocking when the train passes by the couple’s home that she almost isn’t sure it happened, but she’s terrified nonetheless. The novel follows everything that ensues after this moment, and it is so perfectly suspenseful! It was another one I couldn’t put down and would highly recommend.
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Dreamland is a young adult novel, but it’s been one of my favorites for years, even as an adult. Caitlin’s sister leaves her family unexpectedly one day and leaves Caitlin feeling lost and unsure of herself. Then Caitlin meets a guy at school and is swept up in a world that feels dreamy and unreal…until it’s all too real. Now Caitlin is stuck in this trap of a relationship with a guy she feels she doesn’t know anymore. This novel is both heartbreaking and uplifting at times. Even though it’s a young adult novel, it carries the weight of many adult problems. I’ve read it multiple times, which is saying something because I usually don’t like to repeat books.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I know this book is somewhat “old news,” but I love it just the same. This book was so amazingly suspenseful and Flynn’s writing is so descriptive. I’ve read all three of her books and I wish she’d come out with another. They’re very dark, though, so beware. Gone Girl is about a couple who couldn’t be more toxic for each other. When the wife goes missing, her husband is being blamed for her murder. The story follows his determination to find out what actually happened and to clear his name. There is a serious twist about halfway through the novel that left me in shock!