Spring is in the air, which means it’s time for me to share my seasonal reading list! Whenever I brainstorm these posts, I get together and discuss some of my favorite books I’ve been reading lately. I also look at my friends for suggestions too, so you can rest assured that we’ve looked far and wide for these 10 titles.
Ready, set, read…
1. A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sarah Corbett
Amanda Lindhou grew up dreaming of traveling the world, and at the age of 19, after saving her waitress tips, she did just that. In 2008, her travels took her to Somalia—the most dangerous place on earth—where she was held hostage for 460 days. A House in the Sky tells Amanda’s story as she searches for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.
2. A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein
Pete Dizinoff has a seemingly perfect life: a great career, a loving wife, an impressive house, and, most of all, a 19-year-old son, Alec, who he hopes will someday follow in his footsteps. But Pete hadn’t expected his best friend’s troubled daughter to set her sights on his boy. When Alec falls under her spell, Pete sets out to derail the romance, never foreseeing the devastating consequences. Sounds riveting!
3. The Best Day of Someone Else’s Life by Kerry Reichs
Always a bridesmaid, never a bride… That statement is what Vi feels like her life has boiled down to at age 27. And when she has (an expensive and draining) eleven weddings in 18 months, she’s hit her breaking point. This is the story of how one woman learns to let go of someone else’s romance story to write her own.
4. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
For all you dog lovers out there who haven’t read this one yet, you’re going to love it. Told from the perspective of a family’s dog, this New York Times Bestseller is a heart-wrenching yet funny story about family, love and the absurdities of human life.
5. I’m With The Band by Pamela Des Barres
If you tend to describe your type as the bad boy rock star type, this book’s for you. Pamela Des Barres was nearly a professional party girl. A legendary groupie, this book has tales from her days of hooking up with Mick Jagger, traveling with Jim Morrison, and making out with Jimmy Page. Oyster raves: Reading doesn’t get much more fun than this.
6. The Time In Between by María Dueñas
This page-turning novel has all the exciting elements of war, espionage, exotic lands, and a tough and beautiful heroine. It’s the story of a seemingly ordinary woman who uses her talents and courage to transform herself into an undercover agent for the Allies during World War II.
7. Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Believe it or not, the title says it all: Pie, a thud in the night, and a murder mystery, all rolled into one fun read. Main character Hannah doesn’t quite know what to do when her plans for baking for her local county fair come to a screeching halt when she stumbles across a dead body. This ironic murder mystery is written with charm—and there are dozens of delicious recipes woven throughout the story to boot!
8. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
In Nineteen Minutes, Picoult tells the story of a heartbreaking school shooting that happens in a small, ordinary New Hampshire town. Josie Cormier, the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state’s best witness, but she can’t remember what happened before her very own eyes—or can she?
9. Lay It on My Heart by Angela Pneuman
Thirteen-year-old Charmaine Peake’s family is going through hard times. After her father gets admitted to a psych ward, her and her mother are forced to move into a trailer home. But when she discovers some secrets about another kid in town, she begins to test her own faith. This is a great story about mothers and daughters, the realities of growing up, and finding real friendship.
10. Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
When Corrine’s father gets laid off from his big shot job, her New York City girl life of shopping sprees at Barney’s gets turned upside down. Instead of heading to boarding school, she’s stripped of her credit cards and shipped off to the boonies of Texas to live with her grandparents. But when Corrinne makes some unlikely friends, she begins to wonder if her charmed life was really as perfect as it seemed. This one is a fun, easy read!
And there you have it! If you’re dying to read all of these books (just like we are) today is your lucky day…
Do you have any books to add to this list?