Below are ten books that I often find myself recommending. I think you’ll be able to find at least one that piques your interest:
Rules of Civility | An easy, entertaining read that every girl will like. It’s a beautiful depiction of New York City that made me fall madly in love with this place again. If you’re a Great Gatsby fan, you’ll really enjoy this one.
The Age of Miracles | This book is a strangely powerful read. I literally couldn’t put it down. (I would take the local train to work instead of the express just for more time to read!) The story haunted me for days after I finished actually.
The Power of One | Definitely a longer read, however, the story will carry you through it at a decent pace. A good pick for a long trip or if you have time to chip away at it. The best part about the length of the book is that you have time to really connect with characters and watch their nuanced development. It follows a young boy during the apartheid in South Africa as he attempts his life goal of being the Welterweight Champion of the world.
The Boys in the Boat | Easily one of the best books I’ve read ever. Even if you’re not a fan of non-fiction literature, you’ll still find the story captivating. The book follows the University of Washington rowing team as they compete for a slot in the 1936 Olympics. Great read for athletes (especially rowers!) and history buffs.
Firefly Lane | While I would say this falls into the category of “chic lit,” it’s not your typical beach read. (Although I think it is perfect for reading at the beach.) It’s an interesting glance at the age old fact that the grass isn’t always greener. A must-read if you’ve ever felt the pressure of having to choose between family and career.
The Devil in the White City | I loved this book. It’s a historical non-fiction book that follows two stories in Chicago at the turn of the 20th century. Read how Chicago hosted the 1893 World’s Fair and all the drama involved with the planning and development of city landmarks alongside the story of a serial killer leaching off unsuspecting travelers. (There are also some great tie-ins to DC’s monuments and NYC’s Central Park!)
L.A. Candy | An absolute guilty pleasure, but it’s so worth it. If you need a super quick, bubblegum for the brain read, this is it! It’s by Lauren Conrad (aka a ghostwriter), but it’s just a light, fun read. It’s great for anyone who loved Lauren’s character on Laguna Beach and The Hills. I actually loved the entire series!
The Help | This is one of those books that it seemed like everyone was reading one summer. I never wanted it to end. If you haven’t read it, you have to. It’s one of the best stories with some of the best characters.
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother | I have a strange fascination with pushy parents– probably why I’m a fan of Dance Moms and Toddlers in Tiaras. I also grew up in the math league circuit and, while my parents were super laid back about the whole thing, there were some parents who pushed their kids so (almost too) hard. The book is written by a self-proclaimed tiger mother. It made me think a lot about different types of parenting and blurred the lines for me on good/bad choices for kids.
My Sister’s Keeper | I recommend almost all of Jodi Picoult books, but this one is my favorite. Even if you’ve seen the movie, you have to read this. Maybe because I have a sister, but this one hit me so hard. Serious tears while reading, but it’s a good one. Jodi Picoult always strikes a great balance between morality and legality. (The Pact is so good too.)