this year is truly unlike any other! with more time at home—than ever before—i have enjoyed reading and sharing book recommendations with girlfriends. i love to hear what others are reading, and i wanted to compile a list of my favorite reads thus far, as well as a few of my top-rated books.
put on your cozy loungewear and slippers, and grab your throw pillows, twinkle lights, and a warm beverage. let’s get to reading!
books i’ve read this year
my lovely wife by samantha downing // told from the perspective of an unnamed narrator, this crime drama depicts his seemingly typical life (working as a tennis instructor) and marriage to millicent (a real estate agent). together, they have two children. all normalcy is lost, however, when the reader learns that the narrator and millicent enjoy killing people in an effort to feel closer to one another. “date nights” takes on an entirely new meaning when they’re spent identifying the next victim(s).
the other woman by sandie jones // an utter page-turner, this novel follows the love story of emily and adam. and lurking in the relationship is a third partner, pammie (adam’s mother). nothing rivals a mother’s love for her son, and emily quickly learns how far pammie is willing to go to protect him.
the silent patient by alex michaelides // in this psychological thriller, esteemed artist alicia kills her husband gabriel (a fashion photographer). she refuses to speak to anyone following the murder and is sent to an institution outside of london. alicia’s psychotherapist theo becomes obsessed with her case and is determined to get her talking. the reader is left wondering, “will she ever speak again?” this book is a page-turner until the very end.
the wife between us by greer henricks and sarah pekkanen // this is one of my favorite reads in 2020—you won’t want to put it down! the main character vanessa begins stalking the pretty (and younger) woman her ex-husband richard left her for. much of her time is spent obsessing over their new and seemingly perfect relationship. vanessa is determined to meet richard’s new love and help set the record straight as to why things ended for her and richard.
the woman in the window by a.j. finn // in this psychological thriller, doctor anna combats agoraphobia—an anxiety disorder that causes people to avoid places and situations that make them to feel trapped, helpless, or scared—and remains in her home. she spends her time drinking, watching her neighbors (via her window), and connecting with individuals who similarly suffer from agoraphobia in online chat rooms. one evening, anna sees her neighbor across the street brutally murdered, and she is determined to seek justice.
where the crawdads sing by delia owens // this part bildungsroman and part crime drama follows kya, a young, impoverished girl living in the marshes in north carolina. when kya’s family abandons her, she finds comfort and solace in nature. however, when the body of a boy is found in the marsh, kya’s “home” and safety is threatened.
my favorite books
- extremely loud and incredibly close by jonathan safran
- influencer: building your personal brand in the age of social media by brittany hennessey
- lilac girls by martha hall kelly
- little bee by chris cleave
- lucky child by loung ung
- me before you by jojo moyes
- the girl on the train by paula hawkins
- the glass castle by jeannette walls
- the heart goes last by margaret atwood
- the tattooist of auschwitz by heather morris
- their eyes were watching god by zora neale hurston
new books on my shelf
- educated by tara westover
- fair play by eve rodsky
- know my name by chanel miller
- pieces of her by karin slaughter
- so you want to talk about race by ijeoma oluo
- the death of mrs. westaway by ruth ware
- the nightingale by kristin hannah
- the power by naomi alderman
- three women by lisa taddeo
- untamed by glennon doyle
what are some of you favorite books? what is next up on your list? share in the comments!
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