By Bailey g.
Happy Monday, Ramblers!
Hopefully your week, and your 2019, are off to a good start. I know life gets crazy busy, but sometimes curling up with a good book can really help you separate from all the hectic events in life. As a kid, I would read nonstop, going through almost a book a day during the summertime. My parents had to get me a kindle, and even then I’d wrack up the bills, spending countless dollars on each and every book I could get my hands on. I was an incredibly voracious reader, and great storytelling will always have a place in my heart. As an adult, I don’t get to read as much, but I’d like to incorporate more reading into my 2019 schedule. Below you’ll find my top five suggestions for good books to add to your new year reading list.
1. The Glass Castle
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is actually a memoir and was made into a major motion picture within the last few years.
The story follows Jeannette’s childhood to adulthood, balancing a magical and unique childhood while dealing with an alcoholic father and neglectful mother. It travels a fine line of whimsical, real, and incredibly interesting. The imagery and heart portrayed in this novel is why it’s my number one. You can really feel the love that she has for her family, and she paints beautiful pictures of grand adventures seen through a child’s eyes. It’s very tastefully written, and the movie is extremely well madeas well.
2. Big Little Lies
One of my favorite authors, Liane Moriarty, wrote this popular book, and you may recognize it from the fabulous HBO show of the same name. Both the show and the book are incredibly well written. Liane does a fabulous job of conveyking modern suburban mysteries, painting the everyday domestic lives of parents and normal people as thrilling mysteries.
In Big Little Lies, the story follows three different mothers with various backgrounds as they come together and unravel secret after secret. The character development in this book is phenomenal, and it’s the kind of mystery book that you definitely don’t see the ending coming. I prefer this kind of mystery because it keeps it interesting and keeps me invested in the story.
3. The Creative Curve
So my next recommendation is actually a nonfiction book, and it happens to be authored by my extremely successful cousin, Allen Gannett, Chief strategy officer of Skyword. For reference, this book has been on the NY Times Best Sellers list for multiple weeks, and it’s an extremely easy and relatable read on the origin of creativity.
He interviews many famous people, including the founder of Reddit, famous chefs, the governor of Colorado, and the chief content officer of Netflix to unlock the key of the “creative curve” that makes something a truly genius hit in society. He takes the audience through the path of the familiar and the unique, finding the right balance that hits that creative curve right on the head and makes something go viral. It’s a great read and easy to pick up and leave off if you’re a busy person on the go.
4. Truly Madly Guilty
Another Liane Moriarty book, can you tell I like mysteries? This one is incredibly interesting because it bases the entire story having unfolded after the events of one seemingly mundane dinner party that three couples and three kids attend.
This novel tackles the foundations of marriage, sex, friendship, parenting, guilt, and more. While it’s kind of a mystery-thriller novel, it really is an extended version of the question “What if?” that the characters are plagued with throughout the whole story. Definitely worth the read!
5. A Simple Favor
A Simple Favor, by Darcy Bell, is my last recommended novel for top five reads, and it too is a mystery-thriller. In late 2018 it was made into an all-star movie with Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick, but I don’t think the movie does the book justice. The book is a thousand times more interesting in my opinion.
The story follows a single mother who befriends a beautiful, rich mom at her son’s school. They become fast friends, and then out of nowhere the other mom disappears. As the mystery unfolds, things get weirder and more secrets become uncovered. The characterization of both moms is extremely vivid, and really gets into the mind of a crazy person. There is one part of this book that I really detested, having to do with a secret about the main character, but I won’t spoil anything. It’s still an interesting read!
If you’re into memoirs, mysteries, or great nonfiction, hopefully one of these will make your next to-read list! I’m always open to suggestions and recommendations as well, so please comment below with your favorite books!