Are you using your time at home to catch up on your reading list? If you’re searching for what book to dive into next, look no further than my book rec list!
Reading is something I have always loved. During difficult times books can be a beautiful form of escapism. A way to make reality melt away as you step into a new world with adventures in fantastical places with incredible characters that you feel you know deeply. They can also be wonderful guides as you enter new stages of life. Self help books and autobiographies can give you perspective and inspiration to reach goals you never thought you could accomplish. I think we could all use a bit of both during these strange times.
When it comes to books- I’ve got range. You can usually find me reading a thriller, an autobiography, a classic novel, and a YA fantasy at the same time (don’t judge, they make me happy). So this book rec list is going to have variety. It’s the spice of life, right?
Tried & True:
Asking someone who loves to read what their favorite book is is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. You just can’t. I’m also the type of person that completely blanks when asked what my favorite anything is. Favorite movie? Never seen one. Favorite band? What’s music??… You get the idea. So here is my compilation of favorite books and series that I recommend, there’s something here for everyone.
- Gone Girl: Gillian Flynn– A true psychological thriller. I seriously recommend this book to everyone. Just read it, trust me, do it.
- All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches): Deborah Harkness– A fantasy fiction series about witches, vampires, demons, and humans. Forbidden love, magic, and time travel. I loved this series, unfortunately the TV show adaptation wasn’t nearly as good but I’ll probably still watch the next season.
- Harry Potter Series: JK Rowling– I was late jumping on this train about 6 years ago and I absolutely loved it. I never read books after I watched the movie but I still enjoyed every moment and was able to rewatch the movies and compare the two.
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns): Mindy Kaling– An autobiography. Her story is both funny, inspirational, and relatable. Would we expect anything less from her? It’s a must read if you are a fan of The Office.
- The Cobra Event: Richard Preston– A great thriller about bioterrorism. Maybe wait until after quarantine to give this one a read?
- Stephanie Plum Novels: Janet Evanovitch– Fun, flirty, action filled chick lit novels. The series has 25 books and counting, so you’ll never run out!
- Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen– A classic, There are so many adaptations but nothing beats the original.
- A Dog’s Purpose: W Bruce Cameron– Get the tissues ready and settle in. This is a wholesome stories of a dog living through many reincarnations trying to find its purpose in life.
- The Art of Racing in the Rain: Garth Stein– Another dog book=more tissues… Follow Enzo as he navigates his owner’s struggles while feeling trapped in his dog form desperately waiting to be reincarnated as a human.
- House of Night Series: PC Cast & Kristen Cast– Vampire coming of age series (The target audience is younger but if you love YA fantasy books it is a great series). There’s magic, there’s bloodshed, there’s drama, what more could you ask for? I have not finished the series but am at book 6 of 11. The series is long but the books are not so don’t be intimidated!
Books I’m Currently Reading:
I am always in the middle of at least 3 books at once. Self -help, autobiography, and classic genres are slower reads to me. While I enjoy them, they’re more of a casual relationship that I’m drawn back into when I am done consuming a fiction-based trilogy or a mystery novel. I can only give my opinion for as far as I have read, I will try to update as I finish them. Here’s my current line up:
- Women Who Run With the Wolves: Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D– This one was recommended to me by a few women (it is a female-targeted book) and it’s a slow, psychological type book I’ve actually been taking notes on. Deep stuff about finding your inner “wild woman”.
- Villette: Charlotte Bronte– A classic romance/adventure story, written in 1853, so it takes some time to get used to the Victorian style but so far it’s good.
- In the Shadow of Man: Jane Goodall– I love Jane Goodall. The Documentary Jane on Hulu made me want to read some of her books so I started with this one. It follows her research in Africa, blending personal stories with scientific discoveries. If you love animals it is a must-read.
- Sharp Objects: Gillian Flynn– I picked this up after reading Gone Girl and it is okay so far, I love her writing so I will try to finish it but honestly it just isn’t grabbing my attention as much as other books. If you enjoy dark mysteries you will probably enjoy it but I am on more of a fantasy kick at the moment.
- The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy: Nora Roberts– I finished the first two books in about a week and a half, starting the third now. This book follows a family born into magic with ancient evil forces to defeat. It is a series about love and family, light vs. dark, and I love a good witchy novel so it checks all the boxes.
Books I Want to Read:
Whether I see someone post a book rec list online or one of my favorite authors comes out with something new, I will never run out of books I want to read. Here are a few of the books I want to pick up next, only a couple of them are part of the mountain of unread books I currently own (that’s a whole other list I will get to reading eventually). I can’t give my opinion because I have not read them, but hopefully I will soon!
- Where the Crawdads Sing- Delia Owens
- The Handmaid’s Tale– Margaret Atwood
- GirlBoss– Sophia Amoruso
- Yes Please– Amy Poehler
- Slaughterhouse-Five– Kurt Vonnegut
- Lord of the Rings Series– JRR Tolkien
How to Find Cheap Books:
Books can be expensive if you read a lot, so here are my favorite places to get a bunch of books without breaking the bank. You’re welcome.
- Your local library
- Goodwill/ thrift stores/ used book stores
- Amazon Prime & Kindle App
There you have it! I’ll try to keep this book rec list up to date as I finish the ones on my list(s) and add more.
What are your favorite books? And what are you currently reading? If you’ve read one of my recs let me know, I love to talk about them!