And I Wish I Could Read Even More!!

You know I love to read…and I wish I could read even more. So I’m having a hard time keeping up with my blogs about books I’ve read so I’m changing over after this post to posting on Instagram. So if you like the books I recommend, follow me on Instagram at elastamom417. I think that will be an easier way for me to share the books I’ve read and enjoyed!

Here’s what I’ve read since the last time I posted. I am going to put full descriptions on the ones I liked the most. If I didn’t enjoy it, I’ll share that too. I’m sure I forgot some but I did my best!!!

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kruger

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

The Fallen by David Baldacci (4th in the Amos Decker series which I love!)

Redemption by David Baldacci (5th in the Amos Decker series)

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd **

This book was wonderful. I am still thinking about it and I finished it almost a month ago. It didn’t sound like something I would like but I did! It’s the fictional story of Jesus’s wife. It’s one you can’t put down!

Deadly Cross by James Patterson

Win by Harlan Coben

If you love the Myron Bolitar stories from Coben, you will enjoy this one that’s just about his BFF Win.

Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott

A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan

Deadly Waters by Dot Hutchison

This is the author of The Butterfly Garden, which I loved, but I didn’t enjoy this one.

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

This one was really good. Very different and a quick read. Set in 1918 in Ireland during the flu outbreak, it chronicles a few days in the sick ward with Nurse Julia. There’s friendship, love and death. Great story!

Invisible by James Patterson

The Girl in the White Van by April Henry

My students recommended this one and it was very good. A quick read about a kidnapped girl.

Playing Nice by JP Delaney

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Another recommendation from my students that was excellent. It’s very sad so be forewarned. I can’t tell you too much without giving it away but Monday is a teenage girl and… she’s not coming to school.

My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Skip this one.

I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

The Seven Day Switch by Kelly Harms

I expected this to be really cheesy but it was such an enjoyable read. Two completely different mom switch places for a week (think Freaky Friday) and learn about each other. So good!

Her Last Breath by Hilary Davidson

Open House by Katie Sise

Find Layla by Meg Elison

Another recommendation from my students that was very good. It’s very disturbing but very good. A high school student is living in squalor and doesn’t realize it’s so bad. She documents her life for a project at school and realizes she has the potential to get out of her situation.

Eight Perfect Murders by Patrick Swanson

Dear Child by Romy Huasmann

This is one of my favorites that I’ve read this year. Think of Gone Girl meets Room.

A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci (Atlee Pine)

The Half Sister by Sandie Jones

This was another favorite. A woman shows up at dinner claiming to be their late father’s love child. Is she or not? What other family secrets might come out? So good!!

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci (Atlee Pine)

Daylight by David Baldacci (Atlee Pine)

Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson

The Sentinel by Lee and Andrew Child

I think I’m done with reading the Jack Reacher books. The last two have been duds.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce

This is a crazy read. You have to keep reminding yourself that it’s a true story because it’s so unbelievable!!!

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman

Skip this one. I kept reading it thinking it would turn out to be worth it. It wasn’t.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

The Birth House by Ami McKay

Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin

The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Byrndza

Invisible by James Patterson

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

A classic Hilderbrand book set in Nantucket. A unique love story. Loved it.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Proxy by Alex London

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

This was another recommendation from my students. A girl is determined to solve a murder that took place in her hometown because she doesn’t think the right person was convicted. Very good!

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

This was very different and very good. A girl’s dad dies and she discovers he has another family in a different country.

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

This is probably the best book I’ve read in the last year. It’s set during the Dust Bowl (which I learned a lot about!) and follows Elsa on her journey out west. Incredible!!

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

I didn’t even finish this one and I love Picoult’s books. I was so bored.

If Looks Could Kill by Kate White

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmi Lang

Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue


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