the sparkly life: 8 Great Books To Read Right Now (a.k.a. My January Amazon Wish List)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

8 Great Books To Read Right Now (a.k.a. My January Amazon Wish List)

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Earlier this month, I mentioned that one of my 2018 goals was to read more books. I mean, I have always loved to read, but I also love to listen to podcasts and watch The Bachelor and tweet and scroll through Instagram and hang out with my kids...and there's never enough time for everything! But I've really decided to make reading a priority this year, and that starts with a bunch of enticing new books. 

The eight books below are on my Amazon wishlist right now, and I'm super excited to break into all of them! All have come highly recommended either by friends or reviews or (in most cases) both, and all sound amazing. The only problem is deciding which one to read first.

Anyway, take a look, get some reading inspiration, and then tell me what's missing from this list. I'd love to get some more great recommendations from you!

The Perfect Nanny - This book was a #1 bestseller in France (apparently, it's basically their Gone Girl), and has just been translated into English and released here. It deals with the complicated relationship between a woman and her children's nanny, and sounds sooo good. I'm almost afraid of it though, because it all centers on what is possibly the scariest, worst thing you can imagine (it actually doesn't say what that is on the Amazon listing,  so I won't spoil it here, but it's revealed in any review you'll read of it). But the book is supposed to be incredible. I'm scared--but excited--to dive into it.

Two Girls DownThe book description had me at "two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot," and I've heard from several people that it's the kind of thing you read in one afternoon because you can't stop. Sold!

The Woman In The Window - A woman, who lives alone in NYC, sees something she shouldn't from her window. I literally know nothing more about the story than that, but it's supposed to be Hitchcock-esque, thrilling, and "unputdownable." Sounds good to me!

The Immortalists - The premise is absolutely fascinating: A family of four children visit a psychic who tells them the exact date that each of them will die. The book then follows them over the next several decades and examines how much of our lives is predetermined and how much is choice. 

Here Is Real Magic - I love memoirs and this one sounds so cool and different. It tells the true story of a professional magician who has spent his life studying wonder. After many years, he becomes burnt out (apparently the life of a pro magician is tough!), so he takes time off to travel to India. There, he rediscovers his sense of wonder and awe at the world. I'm kind of fascinated by magicians--and the story sounds beautiful and hopeful--so I'm intrigued.

After The Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, A Daughter's Search - This is another memoir, and though it definitely sounds dark, I've heard it's soooo good. When the author is 12 years old, her mother is killed, in their home, two days after an eclipse, just steps from her bedroom. (Eek!) The killer then disappears and it takes the police 12 years to find him. The book is the author's attempt to understand more about her mother's life and death. More than one of the reviews I read called it "breathtaking." Another said they cried out loud reading it. A third said they actually didn't even know it was a memoir until halfway through; they just thought it was an amazing piece of fiction. OMG I CANNOT WAIT!

The Heart's Invisible Furies - I'll be honest: The description of this one didn't really do anything for me (the life story of an adopted boy born in 1940s Ireland). But people who have read it are obsessed. People say it's incredible, that they've cried reading it, and it seemed to be on the best-of-2017 lists of everyone I trust with these things, so I'm convinced! Can't wait to find out what all the fuss is about.

Between Me And You - A lot of heavy, dark stuff on this list, so I am particularly looking forward to this love story, which looks at the way a love between two people changes over the years. This one is about a screenwriter and an actress who fall in love, get married and become parents, and then have to deal with the fallout of one becoming more famous than the other. Allison Winn Scotch is my longtime Twitter buddy, so I've been hearing about this one for some time now. Can't wait to finally dig in!

So that's on my wishlist right now. Have you guys read any of these? What did you think? And what should I add to my list next?

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