Favorites, Travel

Gearing Up for Spring Break

pexels-photo-219014.jpegSpring Break, for many of us, is almost here. In fact, if you are a college student, you may have already had your break! Once I’ve decided where I am going to travel, the first thing I think about is what I’m going to read while I am on the plane, by the pool, or on the beach. A vacation book should be enjoyable (no textbooks or business journals), fast-paced, and hard to put down. Here’s a few recommendations for your next trip:

If you haven’t read Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Liesread-book-reading-literature-54578.jpeg yet, you are in for a treat. Secrets, competitive parents, and different points of view make this novel a perfect beach read. Two of her earlier books, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, and What Alice Forgot, are also perfect for tucking into your beach bag.

One book that has gotten a great deal of buzz lately is A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window. Anna Fox is a lonely agoraphobic with secrets in her past who spends her days and nights spying on her neighbors, drinking, and watching classic movies, especially Hitchcock films. One night, she thinks she sees a crime committed, but will anyone believe her?

You can’t go wrong with a classic mystery like Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, or The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.


What are you planning on reading on your next vacation?


My Year in Books-Favorite Books of 2017

5FD4C003-FF00-4D5D-B25B-79AB1D883D4F.jpegAs of today, I finished up my last two books of the year, and I ended up reading 90 books! I’ve never read that many books in a year before, but this year, I found reading to be a welcome respite from everything going on in the world. Conversely, I added online subscriptions to both the Washington Post and the New York Times this year to my reading life, an addition I have greatly enjoyed. The one thing I did less of was watch tv, one of my favorite pastimes. I’m woefully behind on current shows, but I’m making time to start watching The Crown, which EVERYONE has recommended. However, for tonight I’m curling up with a glass of bubbly and Glass Houses, by one of my favorite mystery writers, Louise Penny. My husband, Rich, is reading The Green Mile by Stephen King, and is glued to it. Not an action-packed NYE, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Some of my favorite books of 2017 include the atmospheric mystery The Dry by Jane Harper set in drought-plagued Australia, the moving time-travel novel Kindred by Octavia Butler, written in 1979 but so relevant today, and the eerie novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go. For sheer fun, try The Litigators by John Grisham, the historical fantasy, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, featuring a kick-butt librarian who travels to alternate worlds to save books. Note: As of today (12/31/17), some of these books like End GameSleeping Giants and The Invisible Library are $3.99 or below for Kindle on Amazon. Click the pictures below to find out about these books and more.




Science Fiction:



Realistic Fiction: