Crowdsourcing book recommendations + 5 for you!

As I mentioned yesterday, I churned through an entire book in one day on Sunday. I also made pretty good headway on another book Sunday night before bed and made significant progress again last night.

So, I’m a fast reader, you could say. And I can’t get enough of books.

This presents kind of a problem. I often feel like the availability of books I’m interested in can’t keep up.

So I need your help – what are you reading?!

In particular, I like:

  • Historical fiction
  • Funny books
  • Strong female characters (duh)
  • Real-life stories
  • Human interest stories
  • Uplifting books

definitely don’t like thrillers or books with too sad premises. I don’t even like significant mysteries that much (some intrigue is OK, but nothing that could be scary). In particular, if I read a book with a sad premise or a sad turn of events – I get very sad. I have an active imagination and tend to project.

And, to return the favor, here are 5 books I’ve loved:

Morning Glory (the one I just read in a day):

Fleeing an East Coast life marred by tragedy, Ada Santorini takes up residence on houseboat number seven on Boat Street. She discovers a trunk left behind by Penny Wentworth, a young newlywed who lived on the boat half a century earlier. Ada longs to know her predecessor’s fate, but little suspects that Penny’s mysterious past and her own clouded future are destined to converge.

Admittedly, this does have a sad premise. But I did really like it 🙂

The Storied LIfe of A.J. Fikry:

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over–and see everything anew.

I was enamored with these characters.

My Not So Perfect Life: A Novel:

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud.

Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.

I’m in the middle of this one now….and I find it amusing and engaging.

The Miniaturist:

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office—leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist—an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .

I read this book awhile ago (a rec from my MIL) and it is one of those that has stuck with me.

The Summer Before the War

When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking—and attractive—than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing.

But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.

This is another one I read some time ago, but I loved it. I was reminded of it because my MILK is reading it now.

Be sure to share your book recs!



Photo by Lacie Slezak on Unsplash


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Megan says:

    Hey Steph! Check out goodreads! It’s the social media site for book lovers. You can enter what books you’ve read, get recommendations based off those books, and connect to friends to see what they’re reading. It’s definitely how I figure out new books to read and helps me keep track of what books I want to read so that I always have a list to reference when I’m looking for a new read. Currently I’m reading Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff 🙂
    Love you! Megan

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    1. What?? This sounds amazing. I’ll have to check it out!


  2. Karin says:

    Born A Crime by Trevor Noah was great. Super interesting, easy to read, funny and yet profound and touching.


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