Every morning I start my day with a very strong coffee (make that 3 very strong coffees), mindless Instagram scrolling, and theSkimm.
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While, yes, I do love that theSkimm keeps me updated on the latest news, I truly love it for their book recommendations! About once a week there will be a recommendation at the bottom of the email (if I’m in a hurry one morning, I just scroll straight to the bottom) to see what they are recommending. Sometimes they are an amazing read, other times they are a flop. That’s where this post idea came from! A mini review of books they’ve recommended over the last few months to help you weed through your must-read list.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Bring this book on vacation! I fell in love with Paula’s writing after The Girl on the Train (the book, not the movie) so I knew I had to pick this one up when it came out. It had a very different plot line but it’s perfect for someone who loves a light historical fiction novel with a strong female lead. Read my full review here for all the details.
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Skip this read, it’s that simple. I never ended up writing a review about this book because I couldn’t put into words why I disliked it so much. I haven’t lost a significant other, so maybe that’s why I couldn’t relate at all. I was thrown off by the description, “a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks”. Hey, I’ve had setbacks… but they didn’t end up talking about any type of setback I could relate to. If your looking for a more relatable “self help” book, pick up Jen Sincero instead.
Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
A bestselling thriller that I don’t recommend… and I still don’t understand the title. It’s an easy to read but painfully slow thriller (full review here). If you’ve already started to read it, finish it out since the ending is the only exciting and interesting part. If you haven’t, I encourage you skip it and pick up this thriller instead.
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
You may have already read my love letter to Karin last week, but this is the best thriller I’ve read in a while. There’s no other author that keeps your pulse racing as much as Karin. If I could pick one living author to have drinks with, it would be her. I can’t imagine the insane thoughts that go through this woman’s mind. If you can handle an R rated thriller, this author is a must read!
Have you read any of these books? Share your thoughts below!
P.S. If you missed it, don’t forget to check out the six books I reviewed in part 1!