Reading Recommendations 3

Since my 1st reading recommendations post  and 2nd one, I have read (or listened to on audiobook on my way to work) some more great books to share with you! These are the ones that I would recommend!!

Necessary Lies – Diane Chamberlain

“After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm.  As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.

When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.  She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients’ lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband.  But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed.  Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.

Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy.  Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong??”

–> this book brings up a lot of interesting and thought provoking ideas. I really enjoyed listening to this one on audiobook. and really liked the topic.

Maze Runner, Scorch Trials, The Death Cure – James Dashner

–> another post-apocalyptic science fiction trilogy . . . if you liked the Divergent series, you would like this series too!!

American Wife – Curtis Sittenfield

“A kind, bookish only child born in the 1940s, Alice Lindgren has no idea that she will one day end up in the White House, married to the president. In her small Wisconsin hometown, she learns the virtues of politeness, but a tragic accident when she is seventeen shatters her identity and changes the trajectory of her life. More than a decade later, when the charismatic son of a powerful Republican family sweeps her off her feet, she is surprised to find herself admitted into a world of privilege. And when her husband unexpectedly becomes governor and then president, she discovers that she is married to a man she both loves and fundamentally disagrees with–and that her private beliefs increasingly run against her public persona. As her husband’s presidency enters its second term, Alice must confront contradictions years in the making and face questions nearly impossible to answer.”

–> this book is based loosely on Laura Bush, so I thought that aspect was super interesting. I really enjoyed reading about what was true and what wasn’t in the book after I was done reading it too.

Nanny Returns – Emma McLaughlin

“After living abroad for twelve years, Nan and her husband, Ryan, aka H.H., have returned to New York to get her new business off the ground and fix up their fixer-upper. To compound the mounting construction woes and marital chaos of Ryan announcing his sudden desire to start a family, sixteen-year-old Grayer X makes a drunken, late-night visit wanting to know why Nan abandoned him all those years ago. Soon she is drawn back into Mrs. X’s ever-bizarre Upper East Side conclave of power and privilege in this “eminently readable” and “surprisingly affecting” (Entertainment Weekly) tale of what happens when a community that chooses money over love finds itself with neither.”

–> A fun, quick summer read. The sequel to The Nanny Diaries.

Dark Places – Gillian Flynn

“Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.”

–> WOW. This book was SUPER dark but also SUPER good. I really enjoyed the twists and how the book kept you guessing until the very end. If you liked Gone Girl, you would like this one too.

Read any good books lately???

Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!!

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  1. i’m reading Dark Places right now!!! Having a hard time getting into it, but feel like i’ll get there soon. I LOVED Gone Girl, so I can’t wait to see how this turns out.
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  2. I haven’t read any of these, but the Maze Runner series & Dark Places are on my to-read list. The best books I’ve read lately are Orphan Train, The Night Circus, and Wild. thanks for the suggestions!
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  3. I’m reading Dark Places now. I read Sharp Objects too, but this one is better! The Maze Runner series is also on my list to read.
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  4. Dark Places was seriously disturbing, but I just couldn’t put it down 😆 I don’t know what that says about me. And I’ve really been into adventure/fantasy type books lately. A few series’ that I recently fell in love with are Under the Never Sky and The Throne of Glass. Confession: I actually read through both twice because I liked them so much.
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    • KT

      The twists in Dark Places were totally awesome and seriously dark! I’ll have to check out The Throne of Glass. . I loved Under The Never Sky series too!

  5. I have been reading the new Emily Giffen book, The one and only. She is the author of the books something borrowed and something blue which are so good. This book I am having a bit of trouble getting into it though.

  6. I didn’t love Gillian Flyn’s first one I read (Gone Girl), so I’m not going to read Dark places I don’t think. Sounds too dark for me :/

    But I did read Maze runner. I liked it okay. Can’t decide if I want to continue reading the series.

    Also, I need to finish the ugly series–you mentioned it last time. I only read the first book (I have a tendency to do that, as I found out “under the never sky” 2nd and 3rd books came out and I’d only read the first one! hah)

    I finished the selection series. I LOVED it. I’m kind of obsessed. #embarrassing haha
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    • KT

      It was pretty dark so I would steer clear. And I LOVED the Under the Never Sky series too. And did you know they are making The Selection series into a TV show??

  7. I really liked Gone Girl. I wanted to know what happened so much I couldn’t put it down! I kind of want to start Dark Places, but I’m worried I won’t be able to put it down and my girls will destroy the house while I’m reading ;).
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    • KT

      Ha!! It does suck you in and there were some twists that I wasn’t expecting. 🙂 It will be a great book to read this winter snuggled up on the couch. 🙂