Today I’ve got a post for all my book-loving-friends! Last year I started the habit of reading each night before bed…. not only was it a good way to distance myself from my phone, but it reconnected me to my love of books!
Since I was an only child for 16 years, books were oftentimes my best friends. I love nothing more than getting lost in a story, and can’t tell you the number of times I’ve stayed up all night to finish one. Especially this time of year… is there anything cozier than climbing in to bed early with a good book?!
I read a lot of books last year, many of which I forgot the story just days after finishing (that’s mostly because I have a poor memory, not because they weren’t good books!), but a handful stuck with me… so I thought I’d share those favorite reads in case you’re looking to fill your library.
Books are obviously subjective, and no two people will have the same thoughts, feelings, and opinions about a story. But never-the-less, I loved each of these stories, and maybe you will, too!
Emily Henry made the list twice, with Book Lovers and Beach Read. I just love her witty dialogue and the banter between her extremely likable characters. Bluebird and The Light in Hidden Places are powerful WW2 historical fiction stories that had me fully engrossed and swelling with pride for strong female leads.
I knew I’d love Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds, but I was surprised by how much. Oftentimes while reading I’d be so transported, I forgot where I was!
I was expecting a lighthearted beach read with The Five-Star Weekend, but Elin Hilderbrand surprised me with a captivating story about friendship, love, and self-discovery!
Do I play tennis? Nope. Did I absolutely love every word of Carrie Soto is Back? Yes, yes I did! I followed it up with several more books by Taylor Jenkins Reid, each very different from the other, and One True Loves was another fave. (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo remains an all-time fave!)
And finally, The House Across the Lake was suspenseful and full of supernatural plot twists (not usually my cup of tea), but I still found myself completely sucked in!
Definitely a mixed bag of topics, from heavy to light, but I like to mix it up! I love the feel of a real book in my hands, but have been turning to my Kindle Paperwhite more often. It’s crazy lightweight, waterproof, and so easy to read in all light, especially on the beach or by the pool.
Up next on my nightstand is Heaven & Earth Grocery Store (named as Barnes & Noble’s best book of 2023) and The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post. And this is a book that has been intimidating me from my nightstand for the past year, but this is the year I tackle it!
Okay… your turn! Comment, share, discuss… what were your favorite reads last year? What are your thoughts on any of these books? What should I add to my list!?