Novels On My Reading List

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. Having a book by your bedside is an easy reminder to get your daily word count in. Plus, reading is a relaxing way to conclude any day. I have a packed bookshelf that has no more space for more novels, but that hasn’t hindered my expansive list of books I want to read. For me, being surrounded by stories is a fulfilling experience. And as a writer, books are golden inspiration!

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Since I was young, I loved reading. Books accompanied my rides on the bus to and from school. And any free-moments I could find during homeroom or in class, I’d soak in a few minutes of reading. I visited the school library and my local bookstore as I often as I could. Even now, a trip to Barnes & Noble is one of my favorite excursions.

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It has always been hard for me to understand how anyone could dislike reading. Simply, there is something special about watching words tell a story, entertain, build suspense, and be something relatable. I love every single part and emotion that reading brings.

Some of my favorite books from my younger years includes Wendy Mass’ A Mango Shaped Space, Judy Blume’s Fudge series, Beverly Cleary’s Beezus and Ramona series, Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Carl Hiaasen’s Hoot, and more.

Now, my genre preferences are young adult, literary fiction, and adult contemporary.

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Here is a glimpse of my current read, as well as the novels I want to read next!

CURRENT READ

Title: Before and Again

Author: Barbara Delinsky

Publication Year: 2018

About: “…Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment, but the resulting collision changed her life forever. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog, working as a makeup artist at the luxurious local spa. Her one goal is to stay under the radar, but she isn’t the only one in the peaceful town with secrets. When a friend’s teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight, Maggie is torn between pulling away and protecting herself – or stepping into the glare to be at their side…”
*From back cover of book

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FUTURE READS

Title: Silent Night

Author: Nell Pattison

Publication Year: 2020

“…A school for the deaf takes an overnight trip to the snowy woods. Five teenagers go to sleep, but only four wake up. Leon is missing, and a teacher’s body is found in the forest. Sign language interpreter Page Northwood is brought in to help with interrogations. Everyone at the school has a motive for murder – but they all have an alibi…”
*From back cover of book

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Title: The Girls in the Garden

Author: Lisa Jewell

Publication Date: 2015

“…Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. Your neighbors have been living here for generations and you trust them implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really?…”
*From back cover of book

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Title: You Me Everything

Author: Catherine Isaac

Publication Date: 2017

“…Jess and her ten-year-old son William set off to spend the summer at Château de Roussignol, deep in the rich, sunlit hills of the Dordogne. There, Jess’s ex-boyfriend—and William’s father—Adam, runs a beautiful hotel in a restored castle. Lush gardens, a gorgeous pool, delectable French food, and a seemingly never-ending wine list—what’s not to like?  Jess is bowled over by what Adam has accomplished, but she’s in France for a much more urgent reason: to make Adam fall in love with his own son. But Adam has other ideas, and another girlfriend—and he doesn’t seem inclined to change the habits of a lifetime just because Jess and William have appeared on the scene…”
*From back cover of book

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Title: The Recipe Box

Author: Viola Shipman

Publication Date: 2018

“…Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha “Sam” Mullins felt trapped on her family’s orchard and pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star’s New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed. When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family’s orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life—including her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willow. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family’s history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box…”
*From back cover of book

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Title: Honeysuckle Season

Author: Mary Ellen Taylor

Publication Date: 2020

“…Adrift in the wake of her father’s death, a failed marriage, and multiple miscarriages, Libby McKenzie feels truly alone. Though her new life as a wedding photographer provides a semblance of purpose, it’s also a distraction from her profound pain. When asked to photograph a wedding at the historic Woodmont estate, Libby meets the owner, Elaine Grant. Hoping to open Woodmont to the public, Elaine has employed young widower Colton Reese to help restore the grounds and asks Libby to photograph the process. Libby is immediately drawn to the old greenhouse shrouded in honeysuckle vines. As Libby forms relationships and explores the overgrown—yet hauntingly beautiful—Woodmont estate, she finds the emotional courage to sort through her father’s office…”
*From back cover of book

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Title: Nothing Bundt Trouble

Author: Ellie Alexander

Publication Date: 2020

“…Spring has sprung in Ashland, Oregon, and everything at Torte seems to be coming up buttercream roses. But just when Juliet Capshaw seems to have found her sweet spot—with her staff set to handle the influx of tourists for this year’s Shakespeare festival while she moves back into her childhood home—things take a dramatic turn. Jules discovers a long-forgotten dossier in her deceased father’s belongings that details one of the most controversial cases in Ashland’s history: a hit-and-run accident from the 1980s. Or was it?…”
*From back cover of book

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Title: The Four Winds

Author: Kristin Hannah

Publication Date: 2021

“…Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance. In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life…”
*From back cover of book

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