I recently saw a blog post by someone who had read over 90 books in 2016 and calculated how many pages, words and how fast she read all these books. Now that’s a little (or a lot) too much for me but it did want me to bring my love for books onto my blog. I thought I’d start by recommending some great books I read in 2016 and then in a future post plan out what books I hope to read in 2017 and see if I can meet that goal by the end of the year.
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is by far one of my favorite books now and the first book I recommend to anyone. It’s kind of mix between The Real Housewives and your favorite crime drama. Jane is a single mom new to a town with high-class soccer moms. As she tries to fit in with her new friends, secrets come out and the book ends with a draw dropping twist. Definite page turner. I love how she makes you laugh throughout this thrilling novel. This is also becoming a short HBO series in February which I can’t wait for!
- Obviously I’m a fan of a good mystery, Drop Dead Perfect by Rick Murcer is another book I could not put down. My boyfriend got me a Kindle for Christmas and this was the first book I read when I got it. I finished it right before New Years so I’m not lying when I said I read all these books in 2016! This one follows a Ellen who works in the forensic department for the Chicago police. Recently divorced and very volatile, Ellen finds herself in the middle of what appears to be the beginning of serial murders. Women are being kidnapped and found perfectly made up with a spin chilling note left from the killer.
- I tried not to include all the Liane Moriarty books I read last year but when I think back to my favorite books these all came to mind! She’s a great author who can really make you laugh but create a deep action packed thriller. The Husband’s Secret follows three different women as their lives unravel because of one secret. I like this book a lot because the big twist happens pretty early on but the rest of the book stays amazing. Fingers crossed this book becomes a movie as well!
- This one might seem a little weird but I was always so against Harry Potter (don’t ask me why) but my boyfriend finally convinced to watch all the movies with him. Afterwards I knew I had to read the books. I still haven’t finished the series but these books are really great even if you’ve already seen all the movies. I actually listened to first couple through Audible when I was at work which worked out great because they’re very easy to follow but still have a terrific story. If you’re looking for a series and haven’t read these yet a truly recommend them for all ages.
- Just going to continue on with mentioning the same authors, The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (which is actually a pseudonym for JK Rowling) is another great crime novel. This book follows a private investigator whose life is crumbling before him and his very new assistant Robin. They are hired by a superstar models brother to investigate her bizarre death. To be honest this book took me a very long time to finish but it was a great read. This is also the first book in a series of crime novels centered around the duo.
- And yes another Liane Moriarty book. What Alice Forgot is the first book by her that I originally heard about because I believe this one if becoming a movie. This book describes the life of Alice who wakes up after falling during a spinning class and forgets ten whole years of her life. She thinks she’s a newly wed with a child on the way, when in reality she’s in the middle of divorce with three children. She tries to convince her husband to forget the last ten years as well because she wants to put an end to the divorce but what happens when she eventually remembers everything that has happened.
- Lastly The Good Girl by Mary Kubica is an interesting one for me. I wasn’t going to mention it but after much thought I do really love this book. It’s kind of twist to the classic kidnapping crime story. The book itself tells the story from a kidnapped girl, her mother trying to find her, the actual kidnapper and the detective on the case. It jumps back and forth from the present time and the past so you really get the full story. This is another great spin chilling mystery story.
After writing all these books out I realized I have a ‘type’. I knew I loved a good crime story but I didn’t realize how much! If you haven’t read any of Liane Moriarty’s books I highly recommend them (clearly)! I’m already reading another one of her books as my first book in 2017.
Have you read any of these books? Are there more you recommend for me to read?