My favourite part of working at a bookstore(after my great coworkers and good perks!) was being able to recommend books that I loved.
I know that I can have some pretty specific genres that I like BUT that doesn’t mean that I don’t occasionally break out of that and find some really awesome books.
Here are 6 books I can’t stop recommending:
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens – I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good psychological thriller especially if the main character is a woman. It’s an easy read that will keep you turning the pages.
Annie was a realtor who was abducted at a house-viewing. Still Missing weaves the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote cabin, which unfold through sessions with her psychiatrist, with a second narrative following the events after her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.
Uncovered by Leah Lax – I recommend this book to anyone who likes learning about people’s life in particular religions. This one in particular, is a person who converted and then left the Hasidic Jewish faith all the while discovering she is a lesbian. Lots of great themes in this book.
Uncovered is the memoir of a gay woman leaving the Hasidic fold. Lax begins her story as a young teen leaving her liberal, secular home to become a Hasidic Jewish person then plumbs the nuances of her arranged marriage, fundamentalist faith, and Hasidic motherhood, as her creative, sexual, and spiritual longings shimmer beneath the surface.
Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay – I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery book set in small towns or if they enjoy Canadian mystery authors.
Your daughter doesn’t come home one night from her summer job.
You go there looking for her. No one’s seen her. But it’s worse than that.
No one’s ever seen her. So where has she been going every day? And where is she now?
An ordinary man’s desperate search for his daughter leads him into a dark world of corruption, exploitation, and murder.
Fathermothergod by Lucia Greenhouse – I recommend this to anyone who likes learning about religious views that may be different than theirs. I didn’t know anything about Christian Science before reading this book but it really opened my eyes to their views.
fathermothergod is Lucia Greenhouse’s story about growing up in Christian Science, in a house where you could not be sick, because you were perfect; where no medicine, even aspirin, was allowed. As a teenager, her visit to an ophthalmologist created a family crisis. She was a sophomore in college before she had her first annual physical. And in December 1985, when Lucia and her siblings, by then young adults, discovered that their mother was sick, they came face-to-face with the reality that they had few–if any–options to save her. Powerless as they watched their mother’s agonizing suffering, Lucia and her siblings struggled with their own grief and confusion, facing scrutiny from the doctors to whom their parents finally allowed them to turn, and stinging rebuke from relatives who didn’t share their parents’ religious values.
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter – I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good psychological thriller. This book has everything you want in a good murder mystery.
More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.
The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson – I recommend this book to anyone who has struggled with anxiety and depression who can laugh at their diagnoses and have a good laugh in comraderie with Jenny.
According to Jenny: “Some people might think that being ‘furiously happy’ is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he’s never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos.” This is her story of doing things that scare her or make her uncomfortable in order to live a “furiously happy” life despite her diagnoses.
So tell me, what are the books that you love that you can’t stop recommending? Have you read any good books lately?