On January 1st I set myself the goal of reading 50 books throughout 2019. But I should easily surpass that target. Because it’s only the beginning of April, and I’ve somehow already finished over 20 books! (This is clearly what happens when you take a break from dating…)
Below I’m sharing my 7 favourite reads of the year, so far – both fiction and non-fiction. And I can’t wait to hear what you’ve been reading and loving, so be sure to share your favourite books in the comments section!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid ~ This is the Coco’s Tea Party Book Club pick for April. When Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo handpicks little-known reporter Monique Grant to conduct her first interview in decades no one can quite believe it. Least of all Monique.
Over a series of conversations, Evelyn shares her story with Monique. She reveals how she got her big break in 1950’s Hollywood, and lifts the lid on her seven high-profile marriages. But as Monique learns more about Evelyn’s life – including the forbidden love she kept hidden for years – she begins to suspect Evelyn has an ulterior motive…
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones ~ It’s been a few weeks since I finished An American Marriage, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. It’s about a young, black couple living in Atlanta. And after just one year of marriage, they’re torn apart when Roy is given a 12 year sentence for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit.
During their time apart Celestial grows closer to their best friend, Andre. And when Roy is finally released from prison they must decide whether they can repair their marriage.
The Bankers Wife by Cristina Alger ~ Annabel is distraught when her banker husband Matthew is killed in a plane crash. And she soon starts to suspect there might be more to the story. Meanwhile, New York-based journalist Mariana is investigating the Swiss bank that Matthew worked for. And she uncovers a shocking scandal that puts her own life in danger.
This is the most exciting thriller that I’ve read in months! If you enjoy books like Gone Girl and The Girl Before, definitely add this to your list.
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker ~ A mysterious sleeping virus starts spreading through a small, college town in Southern California. Students begin to fall into deep sleeps that they can’t awaken from. And all of those infected show heightened brain activity. They’re dreaming, but of what?
If you enjoyed The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, you’ll likely love The Dreamers too. The writing has a slightly hypnotic and utterly mesmerising quality. I was hooked from the very first page!
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan ~ The third and final book in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy did not disappoint. It was just as outrageous, entertaining and charismatic as the previous two books.
Nicholas Young’s grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed. So it’s not long before the entire Shang-Young family starts to shamelessly compete for her fortune. And the big question is, who will inherit Tyersall Park?
Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t: Why That Is And What You Can Do About It by Steven Pressfield ~ This self-help book is essential reading for any writers out there. Steven Pressfield knows his stuff, as he’s written fiction, non-fiction, screenplays and advertising campaigns.
He shares the most important lessons he’s learnt throughout his career in witty, bitesized chapters. So the book is soooo easy to consume. Get ready to make a ton of notes!
Bad Blood: Secrets Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou ~ In 2015 Forbes named Elizabeth Holmes the youngest and wealthiest self
This book – written by the Wall Street Journal Reporter who first exposed Holmes’ lies – shares the full story. Check it out if you love non-fiction.
Share your own must read books of 2019 in the comments section below. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been reading and loving…
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