I’ve read some really great books over the past few months, (we’re talking 5 star reviews on Goodreads!), and since I know that travel is high in late spring and summer, I wanted to share my favorites so you can take them on your next trip. I’m calling this post 5 Books to Read This Summer, but you can read them whenever you want as long as you read them…they’re that good!
The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close: This is a story about a “millenial” couple who moves to D.C. during Obama’s presidency and gets tangled up in the complicated web of political ambition. I figured I would either love or hate it, and was surprised that I actually loved it. It probably helps that I technically fit in the millenial category too, but I felt like this was a pretty relatable perspective on the struggle between climbing the career ladder and having a healthy relationship. It was also a good reminder that nothing is as perfect as it looks from the outside. Note: this is the “fluffiest” book of the bunch.
The Secret Wife by Gill Paul: If you love historical fiction, this one’s for you. It takes place during WWI and flashes forward to 2016, with the two stories beautifully interwoven. Both time periods feature love stories that are far from conventional and show how love can stand the test of time. It felt a little long at one point, but the story was so captivating that I just kept reading.
Rare Objects by Kathleen Tessaro: I read Kathleen’s book The Perfume Collector last November, so I was excited when this one became available. It takes place in Boston during the Depression and follows the life of Maeve, a first generation Irish immigrant. She struggles to find her place in the world, and doesn’t always have the best taste in companions. It’s a fascinating perspective on a difficult time period.
Faithful by Alice Hoffman: One of the most powerful and beautifully written books I have ever read. A reminder that we all have our demons and people deal with pain and tragedy in different ways. The story follows Shelby, a teenager from Long Island, whose life changes course after one tragic night. It was incredible to watch her grieve, change and grow.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult: This one takes place near New Haven, Connecticut and centers around two polar opposites united by tragedy: a white supremacist and a Black nurse. I have admittedly lived a pretty sheltered life with a minimally diverse friend group, so this book was incredibly enlightening for me. Racism is real in this country, and although this is a work of fiction, it’s based on true events and will give you a lot to think about.
What have you read lately? Always looking for suggestions!