Eight New Reads - Time to Get Cozy!

Ever since I’ve been taking the T to my new job , I’ve found myself getting “back into” reading. Growing up I was an insatiable reader (I’m pretty sure I’ve read almost all of the Nancy Drew series), and there was nothing better to me than waking up on Christmas morning to a pile of books under the tree. It’s such a great start to my morning these days to read a good book on the way in to work. Today I wanted to give you a quick summary of each book I’ve read recently, and whether or not I’d recommend, just in time for winter coziness. Check it out below!

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The Woman in Cabin 10.

“Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo's stay is nothing but pleasant as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. But as the week wears on, frigid winds ship the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for--and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo's desperate attempts to convey that something has gone terribly wrong.”

Beck recommended this book to me, and I absolutely LOVED it. It’s one of those that you can finish in a day and completely draws you in. I love a thriller, so I highly recommend!

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The Lying Game.

‘“I need you,” texts 30-something Kate Atagon to her three friends, Isa, Fatima, and Thea. They all leave their respective lives in London for Kate’s coastal town, and so begins Ruth Ware’s 2017 suspense novel, The Lying Game. It is, in Ware’s own words, a story about “how our loyalties shift throughout our lifetimes,” and about how deception can paradoxically salvage and sabotage love.’

I seriously could NOT put this book down. If you have read the Woman in Cabin 10, you will absolutely love this book as well. I couldn't put it down, and I totally didn’t call the ending!

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This is How it Always Is.

“In recent years we’ve seen an increasing number of memoirs from transgender individuals and from parents forging uncharted waters in order to help their transgender children live happy, healthy lives in a society that still largely defines gender by what’s in your pants. In her novel This is How It Always Is Laurie Frankel takes those real-life experiences and puts them into a big-hearted story of family and secrets. Penn and Rosie are a close, loving couple, living in Madison, Wisconsin with their five boys. But it becomes evident before long that their youngest, Claude, feels like he should have been born a girl. So how do these strong, supportive parents go about helping their son live as the person he wants to be? It’s a fascinating thing to behold. The nuances and unforeseen pitfalls of trying to protect your child from fear and hate while nurturing a sense of acceptance is daunting. What is private and what is a secret, and what is, really, nobody’s business? Sometimes secrets have a way of materializing in the blink of an eye or the span of an innocuous question, and this novel is about the lengths we will go, as parents and siblings, to protect each other. And how we react when our secrets are exposed. This is How It Always Is in an incredible read that speaks to the heart of what it means to love and be loved by family.” --Seira Wilson, The Amazon Book Review

For me, it’s rare to find a book like this. It’s honestly one of my favorite reads in the past couple of YEARS - thank you to the author Laurie Frankel for opening my eyes.

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All the Light We Lost.

“Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they'll find life's meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other's hearts.

This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation.”

This is another one of my favorite books I’ve read all year. This story really struck a chord and made me feel the emotion of the author. I would recommend this to anyone - it’s truly beautiful (and a tear-jerker!)

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Still Lives.

“Kim Lord is an avant-garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition Still Lives is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous, murdered womem—the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others—and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.

As the city’s richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museum’s opening night, all the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institution’s flailing finances.

Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala.”

I’ll be honest, I didn’t LOVE this one. I feel like the book built up and then the author was in a rush to finish it. I don’t regret investing the time, but I wish there would have been a better ending.

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Nine Perfect Strangers.

“Set in a remote health-and-wellness retreat, presided over by a very intriguing and charismatic guru figure, Nine Perfect Strangers introduces us to nine different characters with very little in common. Each has a compelling reason for coming to the retreat. Some seek healing while others wish to be transformed.”

If you want a lighthearted read that will make you chuckle and also make you feel immense emotion, it’s this one. While I much prefer other Liane Moriarity books (if you’re new to her!) you can’t go wrong with this one. Easy and fun!

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The Last Mrs. Parrish.

“Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted.

To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn't have a plan.”

While I enjoyed this book, I could see what the ending was going to be about a quarter into the book (I hate that!) Overall though, this really drew me in and I enjoyed the ending. I would recommend!

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The Death of Bees.

“A riveting, brilliantly written debut novel, The Death of Bees is a coming-of-age story in which two young sisters attempt to hold the world at bay after the mysterious death of their parents.

Marnie and Nelly, left on their own in Glasgow's Hazlehurst housing estate, attempt to avoid suspicion until Marnie can become a legal guardian for her younger sister.”

I didn’t love this one. It made me sad consistently throughout the book - it was a real downer! I’d choose a different option from the ones outlined above.

I hope that you find something that interests you out of the list above! I would LOVE to hear any recommendations that you have - let me know in the comments below!