Here are the first books that pop into my mind when friends come to me for book recommendations. I read most of these within the last year, and can't rave about each of them enough.
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If you're in the mood for an eye-opening page-turner...
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
Which is better for a child - to be raised in a home where a mother can barely provide for her child or in a two parent, loving, financially solvent environment, that offers every opportunity to a child? The story introduces the interwoven stories of two women-- one who is forced to give up her child when she is incarcerated as an illegal immigrant, and the other who takes in the child.
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Lydia is a bookshop owner in Acapulco who has recently struck up a friendship with a man who frequents her shop. One day they must suddenly flee the country because her husband, a journalist, wrote a tell-all profile about Mexico's newest drug lord... Lydia's new bookshop friend.
Raw, violent, emotional, and harrowing. This novel tells the story of all the things I didn't realize people go through to escape their homes in search of safety in another country.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
"A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both." -GoodReads
Looking for a juicy suspense novel?
Verity by Colleen Hoover
If there's one book I can't stop telling people about lately, it's this one.
I writer on the brink of financial ruin is hired by an author's husband to complete the remaining books in a successful series authored by his wife. The writer arrives at their home to sort through the author's work and finds the author's unfinished autobiography... and it's full of bone-chilling admissions, including how their daughter died. This is all happening while the writer shacks up in the hot husband's house while the author is just bedrooms away laying there in a coma.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
"Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him...." -GoodReads
If you're feeling for something juicy but light...
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo By Taylor Jenkins Reid
"Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?"
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
You've probably seen the movie but I promise you, the book is 5x better. Kwan's writing is cheeky, and gives some juicy insight into the world of Singapore's most glamorous residents while waving in a sweet love story. The second and third books are just as good, too.
These two walk the line between feel-good and deep...
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
"Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?" -GoodReads
This novel follows one woman's experience as she explores the books in her Midnight Library to learn what is truly fulfilling in life and what makes it worth living.
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
"...after nailing her dream job interview and accepting her boyfriend's marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.
But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future." -GoodReads
Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments, and share what your Go-To recommendations are while you're at it!