One of my favorite ways to relax and unwind is by sitting down with a glass of red wine and a new book. I love books that take me to another place and allow me to forget about all problems or worries from every day life. Within the last couple of weeks I have read a few books that I believe are “must reads”. They are books that differ in style and genre but share the common thread that they all completely engulfed my attention. I could simply not put these books down!
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars is a heart wrenching love story that follows two young teens, Hazel and Augustus. The story unfolds while both teens suffer life threatening illnesses and learn to love and live their lives to the fullest. This book filled me with happiness, hope, gratefulness, and a whole lot of tears.
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl is a suspense novel that is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat. It gives insight into a marriage that takes a drastic turn for the worst. On the day of Nick and Amy Dunn’s fifth wedding anniversary their lives are turned upside down when Amy goes missing. Did Nick kill her? If not who did? I read this book in 2 days. Gone Girl is literally too good to put down!
3. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Girls is White Dresses is a light hearted and hilarious account of early adulthood. The story revolves around characters Isabella, Mary and Lauren and the ever so real feeling that all of their friends are getting married. The book holds a real life view of the awkward years following college and the different paths that friends may choose. This book is an easy and fun read that left me feeling outstandingly connected to the characters.
4. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
Brain on Fire is a captivating memoir revolving around the medical mystery of reporter Susannah Cahalan. After recently moving to New York City, 24 year old Cahalan wakes up in a hospital bed with no idea what is wrong with her. She suffers from seizures, violent behavior, and psychotic issues. This story is a true account of her battle with insanity and the diagnosis that brought her out of her time of madness. This book is compelling and raw and gives a vulnerable look into Cahalan’s time of darkness. ” My first serious blackout marked the line between sanity and insanity. Though I would have moments of lucidity over the coming days and weeks, I would never again be the same person . . .”
All of these books have effected me in different ways but are sure to stay with me forever. They provided me with laughs and tears and I hope that you will love them just as much as I did. Enjoy!