Well, here we are, 5 months later and still in quarantine. 2020 has been a real dumpster fire of a year, I’m really hoping with August around the corner – we’ll catch a break. Until then, here’s a few books I’m reading this month in quarantine.
The Last Mrs. Parrish – Liv Constantine
Found on Reese’s Bookclub list, I devoured this novel in a couple days – I just couldn’t put it down! The twists the turns, the ‘OH NO SHE DIDN’Ts’, this book’s for those that enjoy a suspenseful read.
“Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, nivible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more – a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphn Parrish takes for granted.
To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne – a socialite and philanthropist – and her real-estate-mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale, blessed with two lovely young daughters. Amber’s envy could eat her alive… if she didn’t have a plan.
Amber uses Daphne’s compassion to insinuate herself into the family’s life – the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrish family, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from Amber’s past may ruin everything that she has worked toward, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces.”
Something in the Water – Catherine Steadman
Another book found in Reese’s Bookclub! This is a New York Times Bestseller, and although I’ve only read the first 3 chapters, I can tell this book is going to be a whirlwind! A good suspenseful one, that is.
“Erin is a documentary filmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, the find something in the water…”
Cribsheet – Emily Oster
There is so much information out there on the internet, like, an abundance. And although that’s a great thing, at times it’s incredibly overwhelming. Especially on the topic of becoming a parent. You can’t eat this, you can’t drink that, yet another scholarly article will say the exact opposite. *Internally screams in frustration* Cribsheet is a fact driven book written with real evidence to help guide you from birth to preschool. Bonus: Emily Oster light humor throughout the book not only makes you smile or actually LOL, it lightens the tone of the ever-so-stressful thought of becoming a mom or dad.
“As any new parent knows, there is an abundance of often conflicting advice hurled at you from doctors, family, friends, and strangers on the internet. From the earliest days, parents get the message that they must make certain choices around feeding, sleep, and schedule or all will be lost. But the benefits of these choices can be overstated, and the trade-offs can be profound. How do you make your own best decisions?
Armed with the date, award-winning economist, mother and author Emily Oster finds that the conventional wisdom doesn’t always hold up. In Cribsheet, she debunks common myths to offer a thinking parent’s guide to the chaos and frequent misinformation of the early years.”
Watch Me Disappear – Janelle Brown
A New York Times Bestseller, Watch Me Disappear has received praise as “A twisty, involving mystery”, and “Compulsively readable.” This is the one book I haven’t started yet, as I’m still finishing up Something in The Water. However, Janelle Brown also wrote the book, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, which received raving reviews as well. Needless to say, I’m excited to jump into this book next.
“It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan – a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life – went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, just a shattered cell phone and a single honing boot. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie’s death the best they can: Jonathan drinks; Olive grows remote.
But then Olive starts having stage visions of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he understood about his wife. Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth – about Billie, their family, and the stories we tell ourselves about the people we love.”
After writing out this list and details of these books, I just realized what type of genre I enjoy reading the most: Suspense and Thriller.