Happy Tuesday! I came home yesterday after work, had some dinner, started laundry and cleaned up and bit. After a bit of digesting the gym was on the agenda but each building’s gym had people in it. This may sound like a silly reason to skip but I’m just not interested in having a crowd at the gym (one reason why I tend to go later), especially to complete a good workout. It was still nice and warm outside. I decided on a long walk around the neighborhood in lieu of the gym. My goal was 10,000 steps (including what I’d had already from the day) and the goal was accomplished!
Today and tomorrow I’m planning something a bit more intense but it was nice to walk.
For today’s post however? I’m sharing with you the 5 books I’ve read thus far this year. It feels like a lot more than five but five it is. I absolutely love reading and set a goal of 12 books for this year. One book a month seems more than doable. I always set higher goals in the past and failed so it was time to set a more manageable goal and I find myself reading more because of it. Let’s get started!
After buying a book from my favorite author last year I tweeted her because I was short a few pages. I ended up with a brand new copy of her book and a few others by the same publisher. The Gilded Years was one of those books. I loved it and the more that I read the more I was excited to know what would happen next. It was also set in Boston and I was moving there at the time so it had an extra cool element for me.
“Since childhood, Anita Hemmings has longed to attend the country’s most exclusive school for women, Vassar College. Now, a bright, beautiful senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret that would have banned her from admission: Anita is the only African-American student ever to attend Vassar. With her olive complexion and dark hair, this daughter of a janitor and descendant of slaves has successfully passed as white, but now finds herself rooming with Louise “Lottie” Taylor, the scion of one of New York’s most prominent families.
Though Anita has kept herself at a distance from her classmates, Lottie’s sphere of influence is inescapable, her energy irresistible, and the two become fast friends. Pulled into her elite world, Anita learns what it’s like to be treated as a wealthy, educated white woman—the person everyone believes her to be—and even finds herself in a heady romance with a moneyed Harvard student. It’s only when Lottie becomes infatuated with Anita’s brother, Frederick, whose skin is almost as light as his sister’s, that the situation becomes particularly perilous. And as Anita’s college graduation looms, those closest to her will be the ones to dangerously threaten her secret.
Set against the vibrant backdrop of the Gilded Age, an era when old money traditions collided with modern ideas, Tanabe has written an unputdownable and emotionally compelling story of hope, sacrifice, and betrayal—and a gripping account of how one woman dared to risk everything for the chance at a better life.”
The Vanishing Year was another book sent to me by the publisher. Talk about suspenseful. It was great! I very much enjoyed reading this book and it wasn’t predictable in a way that some books can be. The main character development was fantastic and I found myself not wanting to put it down.
“Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.
What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her. As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely.
The Vanishing Year combines the classic sophistication of Ruth Rendell and A.S.A. Harrison with the thoroughly modern flair of Jessica Knoll. Told from the point-of-view of a heroine who is as relatable as she is enigmatic, The Vanishing Year is an unforgettable new novel by a rising star of the genre.”
I get a lot of my book recommendations from a ex-Bachelor contestant that I follow on Instagram, Ashley Spivey. If you look up #spiveys(book emoji)club on Instagram you will see her recommendations. This was one that I added to my Goodreads (an website/app where you can save all the books you want to read, are reading and have read – if you like to read it’s a must use!). Also set in Boston I loved the story line for It Ends With Us. A few parts may have been predictable and somewhat frustrating as you’re trying to relate with the actions of the main characters but overall I thought it was a great book and one that I would recommend.
“Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.”
Find her was another Ashley Spivey recommendation and it did not disappoint. It was an incredible thriller. Believe it or not it was also set in Boston. I didn’t pick these books based on that it was just random that the last few I’d read had a Boston setting after I’d very recently become a Boston resident. I love anything with a strong female lead and a good page turner and this book had both. I would most definitely recommend it.
“Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.
Flora Dane is reckless.
. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.”
You’ll find my thoughts on What She Knew here. Another Ashley Spivey recommendation. Honestly, she might just be a great Instagram follow if you aren’t already!
Tomorrow I will be back with the five books I am excited to read, especially as we approach summer. I’m also working on brainstorming some fun upcoming ideas for the blog as I move forward.