I can still remember the day I identified as an avid reader. I was sitting in the backseat of my dad’s car, waiting to make the 45 minute trip home from Lake Lorelei, armed with the next book from “The Babysitter’s Club” series. I started and finished that book in the time it took to drive door to door. I used to feel like that was a real badge of honor, something that separated me from the lowly casual readers.
I can’t wrap my head around these people who do not desire to curl up with a good book; who do not become so engrossed in a page-turning novel that just one more chapter turns into an all night read-a-thon; who do not mourn the ending of a novel when you are forced to move on without the characters; who do not know the euphoria in recommending a book to a fellow book lover.
If you just fangirl-ed about everything above, then please, indulge in the following list of books [assuming you have not already]. If you don’t read, for the love of all that is holy, put down the TV remote and pick up one of the following books.
* It should be noted that order is irrelevant and though some are a bit fluffy, all books come highly recommended. *
1 // All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
Read this if: You are feeling the weight of being responsible for children, a husband, and sick parents and one glass of wine doesn’t seem to cut it.
Mini Synopsis: In All Fall Down, Allison manages her family responsibilities while under the influence of prescription cocktails. In true addict form, Allison is under a thick veil of denial, but will the veil be lifted before everything spirals out of control? Download to your Kindle by clicking the title or image above.
2 // Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink by Kim Gruenenfelder
Read this if: You are suffering from “always a bridesmaid, never a bride” syndrome and wondering when your “Happily Ever After” will begin.
Mini Synopsis: In the sequel to There’s Cake in My Future, Mel, [bestie to Bride-to-Be, Seema and Mom-to-Be, Nic] finds herself on a bed, job and city hopping journey to fall in love with her single self. Download to your Kindle by clicking the title or image above.
3 // The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Read this if: You’ve ever stumbled upon your husband’s/boyfriend’s/lover’s open email account or unlocked phone, spent all day resisting the temptation to snoop before finally going all True Detective, only to uncover your worst fear.
Mini Synopsis: Cecilia has achieved her happily ever after, or so she would have liked to believe, that is, before she comes across a sealed envelope from her husband instructing the handler to open only in the event of his death. It could just be a sentimental letter, a last declaration of love if you will, but what if it’s something more, something earth shattering? Download to your Kindle by clicking the title or image above.
4 // Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Read this if: You missed out on the Gone Girl literary thriller and don’t want to come down with a serious case of FOMO when this bestseller hits theaters in 2016.
Mini Synopsis: Rachel, an unemployed divorcee, makes a bad habit out of drinking and riding a train that runs along the perimeter of her former home, her ex-husband, and what should have been her life. Is seeing really believing or are her drunken stupors clouding reality? Download to your Kindle by clicking the title or image above.
5 // The One & Only by Emily Giffin
Read this if: You have an unhealthy obsession with college football or Texas.
Mini Synopsis: Shea, a diehard small Texas college football fan, employee, and townie, finds the one thing that makes her heart beat faster than a National Championship. Download to your Kindle by clicking the title or image above.
6 // What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Read this if: You have ever woken up on to realize you have blacked out most of the events from the previous night [week, month, year…no judgement here].
Mini Synopsis: In this soon to be motion picture, Alice hits her head hard and wakes up [mentally] 10 years younger, surprised to have 3 children and a soon-to-be ex-husband. Download to your Kindle by clicking the title or image above.
7 // What Remains by Carole Radziwill
Read this if: You have a minor [or major, like I said, no judgement] obsession with all things JFK Jr., Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, or ABC journalist turned Bravo NYC Housewife reality star, Carole Radziwill.
Mini Synopsis: In this fated memoir, Carole Radziwill, widow to JFK and Jackie O’s nephew, Anthony Radziwill, depicts the tragedy she lived in losing her husband and two best friends within weeks of each other. Download to your Kindle by clicking the title or image above.
8 // Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner
Read this if: You are starting to realize your version of suburbia is not nearly as sensational as life on Wysteria Lane.
Mini Synopsis: There’s a murder in this perfect Connecticut town and bored housewife and former rag-mag journalist, Kate [who has watched one too many Datelines] is determined to solve the mystery the police are scratching their heads over. Download to your Kindle by clicking the title or image above.
9 // Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Read this if: You find yourself wondering “What If” about the choices you’ve made in your life.
Mini Synopsis: Reid takes the readers on a chapter vs. chapter expedition as Hannah’s life unfolds based purely on the decision to stay at a bar with her former boyfriend [the possible love of her life] or go home with her best friend and current roomie. Download to your Kindle by clicking the title or image above.
10 // Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Read this if: You are your family’s Little Miss Fix-It.
Mini-Synopsis: The week of her wedding, Georgia finds out her fiance has a love-child with a beautiful British actress, walks in on her mother and a man that is not her father, and finds out her father is selling not only her childhood home, but the sprawling family vineyard it sits on. Download to your Kindle by clicking the title or image above.
I’ve just started my 22nd book of 2015 so maybe I need to find a book about my addiction to reading chick lit. Until then, I guess my bank account and Amazon’s One-Click will continue their tawdry little affair. Need more recs? Drop me a line….