Top Books I've Read This Year  & Your Favorite Books

Top Books I've Read This Year & Your Favorite Books

With the fall season upon us , I thought I'd share my favorite books from the past couple of months.

I like nothing more than getting all cozy under my Chappy Wrap and digging deep into a new book, so hopefully you'll find this list helpful! 

Let me know if you've read any of the below books & your thoughts! 


1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah  "The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France—a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women." 

When my book club mentioned this novel a few months ago, I couldn't believe I hadn't read it yet. I would recommend this book to everyone right now, as it couldn't be more timely. I won't say much more, as this book will speak for itself. 


2. Solito by Javier Zamora  "A young poet tells the inspiring story of his migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine in this 'gripping memoir' (NPR) of bravery, hope, and finding family."

This memoir is a such a powerful read. I was completely enthralled the entire time while reading it, and I would recommend it to everyone. 


 3. Tom Lake by Ann Patchett "Tom Lake is a meditation on youthful love, married love, and the lives parents have led before their children were born."

I adored this book. Maybe it's because I grew up with sisters, but I found myself enthralled with the imagery and language. Should I buy a cherry farm in Michigan? 


4. The Measure by Nikki Erlick  "From suburban doorsteps to desert tents, every person on every continent receives the same box. In an instant, the world is thrust into a collective frenzy. Where did these boxes come from? What do they mean? Is there truth to what they promise?"

I feel like this is another important read. I recommended it to a co-worker, and ever since finishing it's all we talk about. What divides us as a society? What really matters? 


5. Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid "At thirty-seven years old, Carrie makes the monumental decision to come out of retirement and be coached by her father for one last year in an attempt to reclaim her record."

Taylor Jenkins Reid is back! I loved this book! I feel as though it hasn't gotten as much press, but I loved the writing, the story...all of it! There are also a lot of little gems of insight that I found myself wanting to return to at a later date. I was even inspired to picked up "The Inner Game of Tennis", which was mentioned countless time. As a non-tennis player, I'll let you know what I think. 


Overall Crowd Pleaser

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby van Pelt "What does a misanthropic octopus have in common with Tova, a widowed aquarium employee? Not much, until a friendship develops following a daring tank rescue, and Marcellus McSquiddles happily uses all eight of his tentacles, his three hearts, plus his sharp brain, to solve the soul-scarring mystery of Tova’s son Erik’s disappearance thirty years ago."

This is a book I recommend when I don't quite know someone's book preferences. And so far, it's worked out well! I know, I know, a story about an octopus sounds strange (!), but trust me, you will fall in love with Marcellus & all those that play a role in his life. 


Your Top Books!

The below books got a lot of positive response when I posted about them. So, take a look and see what you think!

Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson: This received a LOT of positive feedback when I posted about it. Who doesn't love an inside look at the complicated lives of the rich & elite?!

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover : I mean, if you haven't read it, and you're looking for something quick, you probably should. A steamy beach read, you'll want to drop everything and read this book. 

Happy Place by Emily Henry : Do you remember the way you felt when you were first in love? Like, overwhelming so? Add in some of the post-college drums, friendships changing, exhaustion & overworking...and you have the major themes of the book. 


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