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Favorite Reads of 2021 so far...

Updated: Dec 6, 2021

I always find that when I finish a book and don’t have another right on deck, I feel a little lost. Reading before bed is something I do regardless of the hour I actually get into bed. Even if it’s past midnight (which is not often), I still need to read a few pages before the words start to get blurry, a sure sign that it’s time to officially call it a night. If you’re looking to add to your summer reading list, here are a few of my favorite reads so far this year...

In this suspenseful thriller, Jake, a struggling writer and teacher, steals the incredible plot of his student Evan’s novel upon hearing of his untimely death. Jake is catapulted to writing fame until it becomes apparent that he’s not the only one who knows the plot of his bestseller was not his own. There are lots of twists and turns in this novel, which will keep you guessing who really knows Jake’s secret until the very end.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave - When Owen disappears, he leaves only a note that says “Protect her”. So begins this page-turning thriller as Owen’s new wife and teenage daughter team up to unravel the secrets of his earlier life.

The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin - This is an uplifting story about the power of friendship which will also leave you with a new appreciation of the importance of bees. Definitely a "feel good" book, which appears on The Washington Post's list of "Feel Good Books to Brighten Your Summer." Thanks to my friend, Vivian, for sending me this list.

This compelling novel is about a young woman named Addie, who makes a deal with the devil to become free and immortal. In exchange, she is forgotten by everyone she encounters, which occurs for centuries, until she meets someone who actually remembers her.

What better way to reflect on the year than with a novel that asks the questions...Would you have done anything different if you had the chance to undo your regrets and live another life to see how things turned out? Would any of these lives be truly better than your current one? Give this one a read and find out...

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi - Set in 1950s Jaipur, India, this novel tells the tale of Lakshmi, a renowned henna artist and healer to the upper-caste Indian elite. She is an independent woman, trying to survive in a male and cast-dominated society. She does well for herself until she receives a visit from an unexpected visitor, which causes her to confront a past she has tried to escape.

I'd love to hear what's on your reading list!


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