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I love to read. Books about health, nutrition, personal development, and yoga engage the perpetual student in me. Fictional novels, mysteries, and thrillers transport me to another time and place. Memoirs and biographies fascinate and inspire me.
With the days growing shorter and the weather getting chillier, you may find yourself spending more time indoors. Nothing beats curling up with a good book and getting lost in a story. With that in mind, I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite books that you might enjoy.
I’ve included Amazon links to all the books, but I’ll bet you can get most of these titles at your local library. You may also be able to get the free digital and audio versions using the Libby app.
Here’s a list of some of my favorite fictional books.
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett - An epic story spanning 50 years about two siblings who try to take back the family home they were exiled from. Get the audiobook version--Tom Hanks is the narrator, and he’s fabulous!
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng - Secrets and the weight of perfectionism and motherhood. Even if you saw the TV series, still worth the read.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant - A fictional depiction of the lives and traditions of the ancient women of the bible as told by Dinah, daughter of Jacob. An epic story that gives the women of the Bible their due and makes you want to start your own red tent.
Rock n’ Roll
After reading these two books, you’d swear these bands actually existed. It’s like watching VH1’s Behind the Music or reading a juicy band exposé in Rolling Stone magazine– so fun!
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid - An iconic 1970’s rock band’s rise to stardom and the sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll that broke them apart at the height of their success. Get the audio version—Actors Jennifer Beals, Pablo Schreiber, Benjamin Bratt, and Judy Greer voice the main characters-so good! Amazon Prime Video will be releasing this as a limited series – You can bet I’ll binge-watch that one.
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton - Another retrospective about the trials and tribulations of a controversial inter-racial rock duo from the 60s on the verge of a comeback tour.
Mysteries and Thrillers
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides - The twists and turns of this murder mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Pretty Things by Janelle Brown - An Instagram influencer crosses paths with a con artist and her boyfriend and becomes their next target. You’ll never guess how it ends.
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner - The story of a secret apothecary that creates “remedies” for women. The chapters go back and forth between the 18th century and present-day London.
You may not know this about me, but I LOVE reading about witches (also known as strong women healers). With the Halloween season upon us, maybe you’d like to read something a little witchy?
The Highland Witch by Susan Fletcher. An imprisoned woman accused of witchcraft tells her life story as she awaits her death.
Get your favorite beverage, a cozy blanket, and curl up with a good book.
I'm always looking for my next good read. Let me know – What are you reading? Leave me a comment.