I feel lucky to have been on a streak of some really great books lately and figured there's no better time to recommend books than this lost week between Christmas and New Year's. It's freezing, dark, and we can do even less than people typically do during this week due to Covid restrictions. So brew a cup of tea and curl up with a heartwarming, incredibly sad, or light and fluffy novel - depending on what you need this week!
Something fun for Bachelor-nation
One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London - Plus-size blogger Bea Shumacher gets selected as the next bachelorette for a very thinly veiled version of the Bachelor/ Bachelorette. The book is fun to read (especially if you like behind-the-scenes looks at the world of the Bachelor like Unreal - one of my favorite shows, it's on Hulu), tackles some interesting topics like diversity in media representation and body positivity both in Hollywood and in general, and has some romance. It's fluffy and funny with a little fashion and love thrown in the mix.
Maybe the saddest book I've read this year, but so good
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle - I read it in a day - less than 24 hours. This is set in New York City, has a beautiful female friendship (trigger warning - be forewarned if your life has been touched by cancer, the story is incredibly sad), and a look at fate and destiny that is unique and thought-provoking. I loved it and thought it was as gorgeous and well-written as it was undeniably heartbreaking.
Just fun fluff - read if you like Crazy Rich Asians
Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan - I love every book in the trilogy of Crazy Rich Asians and Kevin Kwan's fourth book is very similar. It's set in Capri, New York City, and the Hamptons, and is non-stop fashion, ridiculous name-dropping, and flirting. This is one of my favorite kind of books - just pure junk food brain candy. Will you learn anything (apart from maybe some high-end fashion designers you hadn't heard of before)? No. Is it a fun read if you have some time off from work and your brain feels melted and foggy from the mess that has been 2020? Yes. It's funny; it's fluffy; it's fabulous.
Heartwarming, of the moment, and I learned a little something
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel - I found this book by accident as I wouldn't have picked it myself based on the description. It was recommended via Kindle Unlimited and I downloaded it on a whim. It's the story of a family with 5 sons, one of whom decides at age five that he is actually a girl. Without giving too much away, I thought it was sneakily funny, incredibly heartwarming, and educational in the light way that only fiction can be. You learn about a perspective that is completely different from your own while reading an enjoyable story - what it means to be transgender or grow up with a transgender sibling, for example. I loved it.
As always, if you recently read something amazing, I would love to hear it!