A little over a week ago on Instagram I mentioned that I was in a bit of a reading rut and could use some good book recommendations. And wowza, did y’all deliver the goods….as in 54 titles and 13 book series! I had such fun going though all of your recs. I’ve already been to the book store, downloaded a few books on audible, have finished one and am currently in the middle of another. Yay for getting my reading groove back! Can’t thank you enough!
I thought it would be helpful to share all of the awesome recs here on the blog. In case you’re also looking for a few good reads to add to your 2018 TBR. I’ve ranked them in order by most recommended…….because I’m a nerd like that and this is my kind of fun. 😉 Also, I added my own notes to the the titles I’ve already read as well as some random thoughts just for fun. Happy Reading friends!
Reader Book Recommendations
- The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine – This was the most highly recommended book by you all, so I downloaded it on audible right away and finished it in 2 days! I really enjoyed it. It was entertaining, and just slightly predictable; but I was so tuned in I couldn’t tear myself away from it until I was finally to the end. I picture Nicole Kidman as Daphne and Cameron Diaz as Amber. Am I the only person who casts a book’s characters while reading?
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Back-man – I’m in the middle of this one right now! I really enjoy his writing style. I read his novella And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer last year and just absolutely loved it!
- Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – I read this one four years ago, check out my review of it here. It was my first Moriarty book. Since then, I’ve read just about every book she’s written. What Alice Forgot is my personal favorite by her! You can read my full review of it here.
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
- Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris – I did this book on audible last year. You can read my thoughts on it here.
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – I read her debut novel Everything I Never Told You and really loved it, so I’m looking forward to reading this one very soon.
- The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
- Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
- The Secret Wife by Gill Paul
- Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
- Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown – My mom has read quite a few books by Brene Brown and is currently reading this one. She’s encouraged me to give it a read. I typically prefer fiction, but I think it’s good to step outside of your reading comfort zone from time to time.
- House Rules by Jodi Piccoult – She’s one of my favorite authors, but I haven’t read anything by her in years. I’m excited to dive in to this one this year.
- The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
- The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
- The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
- Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan
- The Two-Family House by Linda Cohen Loigman
- The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
- A Dogs Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
- Year One by Nora Roberts
- The O’Briens by Peter Behrens
- Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
- The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
- 11.22.63 Stephen King – The hubs and I started watching the Hulu series….but I hadn’t realized it was based on a book!
- Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith – I binge-watched The Crown in a week thanks to the unexpected snow storm we got here in Charleston. I found it all so fascninating; so while I’m not usually a biography fan, I am definitely interested in this one!
- Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
- The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
- One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
- The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
- I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
- Hum If You Don’t Know The Words by Bianca Marais
- A Murder In Music City by Michael Bishop
- The Break Down by B.A. Paris
- A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
- Moody Bitches by Julie Holland, M.D. – Another non-fiction but the blurb on this one sounds super interesting – A groundbreaking health guide for women of all ages that shows women’s inherent moodiness is a strength, not a weakness, and medication is not always the answer.
- The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon – The Song of David was also recommended.
- The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon
- Jewels by Danielle Steel
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
- The Time of my life by Cecelia Ahern
- The Lake House by Kate Morton – I’m a huge Kate Morton fan, but I’ve yet read to read this title. So it’s back on my tbr! You can read my review of The Forgotten Garden here. I’ve also read The Secret Keeper but never reviewed it here on the blog. It was really good, but I enjoyed the story line and characters in The Forgotten Garden a little more.
- This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
- The Essay by Robin Yocum
- If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss
- The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
- Origin by Dan Brown
- Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
- Camino Island by John Grisham
- Mad About A Boy Helen Fielding
- Radiance by Grace Draven
- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
- The Secret Life of Violet Grant
The two book series that you all most recommended were Outlander and A Discovery of Witches.
- Outlander Series– I read the first book in this series many years ago and fell in love with the characters and story. It’s probably the best love story I’ve ever read. I was happy with the way things ended in the first book, so I never read the rest of the series…….too chicken to find out what the author might do to the characters I loved so much…….am I the only one who does that?! I’ve also only seen the first season of the Showtime series for the same reason.
- A Discovery of Witches Trilogy – This is one I started….only got a chapter or two in….and then life and books I had to read for my book club got in the way, so I’m definitely going to get back in to this in 2018. I like the idea that it’s only a trilogy, so it doesn’t feel like too much of an upward climb. I have a hard time starting a series when there are like 7 or 8 books to get through. My brain almost can’t deal with having that much story line in front of me.
- Gamache Series by Louise Penny
- The Selection Series – This one was said to be a Hunger Games meets The Bachelor……um, interesting!
- Crazy Rich Asians
- Poirot mysteries by Agatha Christie
- Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward – This one sounds like the tv series Dallas but for bourbon not oil.
- Black Dagger Brotherhood
- The Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green
- The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin
- The Charles Lennox Mystery Series by Charles Finch
- Mary O’Reilly Series by Teri Reid
- The Expanse Series
Recommended for Finding Great Reads
And last but not least, the two things that you all recommended for finding good books to read were the What Should I Read Next? Podcast and Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club account on Instagram.
I seriously can not thank you all enough for taking the time to jot down your book recommendations! My TBR is now quite full. I’m currently reading A Man Called Ove and next on my list is Little Fires Everywhere. What’s in your reading queue?