It’s been a hot minute since I’ve talked about books. I like to read and in 2018 I made a deal with myself that I would read more. I joined a book club with my friends at the end of 2017 and it really helped me with that goal.
Every once in awhile I write one of these “what I’m reading posts,” but it’s been a minute. Time for a new list!
Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon. I love Reese Witherspoon more than life itself. She and I have the same birthday so we’re practically soulmates. I was thrilled when she came out with a book. I read this one on the beach and it was perfect for that. It’s filled with funny stories about growing up in the south, tutorials on southern hair and hosting parties, and recipes from her grandmother. Reading this book was like coming home. It was like my mom, grandma, aunts, and I wrote this book. I loved it.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Ironically, this was one of Reese Witherspoon’s book club picks and she is now making it into a movie. I loved this book. It’s really hauntingly beautiful and sad. The story focuses on Kya “The Marsh Girl.” Her mother leaves her at a very young age, and slowly the remainder of her family leaves too. She’s alone and learns how to survive off the land. Two boys from town fall for her and when one of them dies, the town immediately suspects it’s her. I can’t wait to see how they cast the movie. This was one of my favorite reads this year. I legitimately couldn’t put it down.
Becoming By Michelle Obama. I like to read about the first families. I read the Bush Twin’s book last year and this year is all about Michelle Obama. I love finding out how Michelle became Michelle. This is an autobiography of her life. It begins with her childhood, and tells her story all the way through the present. She’s a beautiful writer–and very honest. Her story is witty, descriptive, and compelling and I tore through this one too. It’s really really good!
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. This one wasn’t my favorite, in that I didn’t like any of the characters in the book. Sometimes books are like that though. This book is all about family and the dysfunctions that come with it. The story focuses on the adult children of the Plumb family who are about to receive their joint inheritance or “The Nest.” I liked it, but wasn’t my favorite on this list. It’s definitely a quick and easy read.
The Third Wife: A Novel by Lisa Jewell. I picked this one up because it said “Fans of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes.” Those are two of my favorite authors so I was eager to tear into this one. The description was correct, I liked this book a lot! A man marries his third wife when she gets hit by a bus. Was it an accident or did she step in front of it on purpose? He begins to look into her death., and many secrets are revealed. It’s a really great mystery (my favorite genre). I definitely recommend this one.
What about you? What are you reading lately? Have you read any of these?
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Caitlin Elisabeth says
you have such a great range of books Helon! I can’t wait to see what you read next 🙂 I’m reading “Uninvited” and it’s super good w/ our book club this month! xo
Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig says
I just bought the audiobook of Becoming–I can’t wait to read it. I also have Where The Crawdads Sing on my list. And I just finished a couple of great books! Highly recommend Lilac Girls, A Spark of Light, and Busy Philipps’s memoir!
Girl you are my twin with book picks! I definitely want to read Michelle Obamas book, and I am DYING to read Reese’s book! She’s so cute, and I died laughing at the soulmate comment! Best of luck with your goals girl!
I like your book picks! Where the Crawdads Sing is on my “to read” list and I have Becoming on my library request list. It is a long wait, but I will read it eventually! Can’t wait!
Aarika Chilson says
These books sound awesome! “Becoming” is on my list to read. I always love learning about new books to check out. Thanks!
Indya | TheSmallAdventurer says
Both Reese and Michelle’s books are high up on my to read list! I love both women so much, they are so inspiring, and I’d read anything they wrote ?
Katherine @ The Weekend Fox says
I got both Whiskey in a Teacup & Becoming for Christmas and I can’t wait to read them!! I heard Becoming was really awesome on audible too because Michelle Obama actually reads it! I hope to read way more books this year so I love the suggestions!!
In Saitama says
I haven’t read in a while, which I just realised reading this article. Some great ideas for me to choose from on your list. Thanks for sharing.
Alix Maza says
I read ‘The Nest’ a while back and didn’t love it either… ‘The Third Wife’ sounds interesting! I’m currently reading ‘The Silent Patient’.
Christa Del Giorno says
I read Becoming and Where the Crawdads Sing and enjoyed both. I love to read, too!
Stephanie Helie Eddy says
My book club is currently reading Where the Crawdads Sing. I’m enjoying it so far!
I’ve been interested in reading “Whiskey in a Teacup” and “Becoming.” These all sound great!
Jasmine Maria says
I want to read “Becoming Obama”. I’m still finishing “The Women in Cabin 10”.
Kelsie Kristine says
I really want to read Michelle Obama’s book! I’ve heard such great things!
Brita Long says
I really want to read Becoming! I’ve heard good things.