The holidays are nearly upon us. Which means that, in theory, we’ll all have time to read those books that have been on our lists! Even if I only manage to get reading done on my flight home.
I’m always in the market for new books, and I also love getting recommendations from people – it certainly saves time when I’m at the library. So today, I thought I’d share eight books that I’ve read (fairly) recently that I highly recommend. And if you only have time to read one, choose The Rook. It’s that good.
1. The Rook, Daniel O’Malley
A quote on the book jacket said it was a cross between Harry Potter and Ghostbusters. I figured that meant the book was really good or really bad. It was really good. I called my mom just to tell her to get this book.
2. Lady Midnight, Cassandra Clare
I love, love, love all of Cassandra Clare’s shadowhunter books, and this one is the first in her latest series. I personally think that young adult supernatural fiction is excellent. If you agree, this is a must read. (Or go back and start with City of Bones!)
3. The One and Only, Emily Giffin
I’m generally a pretty big Emily Giffin fan, and this one did not disappoint. I got very invested in the story line/characters/making sure that the outcome I wanted was the one that happened.
4. The Singles Game, Lauren Weisberger
This author also wrote The Devil Wears Prada, and there’s a similar(-ish) storyline here. Just swap tennis for fashion.
5. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
For the first 20% of the book, I really wasn’t sure whether I liked it. But then I got into the thick of the action, and I was hooked.
6. Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling
Full disclosure, I’m not done with this one yet, but really, it’s hard to go wrong with a memoir from a comedian. And if you download the audio book as I did, Mindy is the one who reads it.
7. Uprooted, Naomi Novik
To be completely honest, the author’s name was 50% of the reason I chose it. (There aren’t a lot of Naomis, ok??) But it ended up being so engrossing. I also listed to this on audio book, and it definitely made my commute more enjoyable.
8. On the Fence, Kasie West
This one really betrays how in love I am with young adult fiction, but #noshame. It was the kind of book where I just wanted to know what happened next, but then I was so sad when I was done with it.
So this pretty much covers the type of books I read – supernatural, young adult fiction, chick flicks in book form and the (very) occasional nonfiction. In my opinion, it covers the best of the best without keeping me up at night (murder mysteries are not my friend).
If you have any recommendations, pass them along! My library card is always ready.