I love reading and talking about favorite books and and finding new favorites and hanging out at library. I'm fully aware of how un-cool that makes me😂. But it's true! And I'm trying to find ways to let the light in this year, right? Reading is definitely a bright spot. I keep a running list on my phone of all the books I read so I can dole out recommendations to people whenever they ask (truly, I LOVE giving out book suggestions!). I've been in a bit of a reading rut since the New Year, so I'm on the hunt for any and all recommendations (except non-fiction. No thank you!). Let me know if you have any favorites!
But anyways. While I'm not currently reading anything good, I read a ton of great books last year. I was texting my bff a list of my favorites the other day and I wanted to leave them here, too. I geek out about giving people book recommendations! So in case you happen to need a good book to read, here are my 12 favorite reads from last year (In no particular order)...
The Only Woman In the Room: I found this book off our local library's book club list and had zero expectations before reading it. So good! It is based on a true story and just a fascinating read about a women who had a huge impact on history!
The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A friend told me about this and I am so glad I picked it up! Based on a true story and a book a couldn't put down.
The Last Mrs. Parrish: This caught my eye at Target before we went on vacation last winter and it was a quick read with a fun twist.
Class Mom: Another quick, easy read. Just a funny take on the 'class mom' stage of life! And I just realized it is the first book in a series. Adding the other two to my 'hold' list at the library asap!
The Shark Club: I love the ocean and living in a beach town, and this book just made me want to move even further South to the Keys! I loved the main character's fascination with sharks and the overall story that unfolds. Easy read!
The Giver of Stars: Another book from our library's book club list! I literally took a picture of the book club flyer and immediately put every book on the list on hold. Some turned out to be duds, but this one was really, really good. Another historical fiction (not my usual go-to!) based on true events. I had no idea about the Packhorse Librarians! Another un-put-downable book!
America Royals: I listened to this on Audible (super out of the ordinary for me!) and surprisingly loved it. The narrator was great and the story is SO fun. It's a creative take on what would have happened if, instead of becoming the first U.S. President, George Washington instead became America's king- and focuses on the current day royal Washington family. A fun, fun read!
American Royals II: Majesty: I couldn't rent this sequel (on Audible again) quick enough! Just as good as the first book and I'm dyinggggg for the third to come out. If you need a lighthearted, fun series- this one is it.
The Heir Affair: (sequel to The Royal We, another GREAT read!) Another audible book, simply because I couldn't get it from our library! But I wasn't upset about it. While not at good as the first book in the series, I still loved it!
Tweet Cute: A friend recommended this YA books to me and it's really cute!
The Guest List: This psychological thriller had me guessing until the very last chapter. Really well written!
Salt to the Sea: This was a book club pick, and we all agreed it was great. I know WWII books are really popular, but it isn't my favorite genre. So I was surprised by how much I loved this! It focuses on a few different characters throughout and I loved how it ended.
...and if here are lots of 'what I'm reading' lists from the past few years.