5 Books That Are a Must-Read

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My life has been consumed by books this summer and although I finished the third book in the “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series yesterday, I wanted to post something different yet book related. Here are five books that I highly recommend and rated 5 full stars on Goodreads:

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Popular Goodreads tags: fantasy, romance, historical, historical fiction, fiction, adult, paranormal, magical realism, historical fantasy, magic

“They are the Beautiful Ones, Loisail’s most notable socialites, and this spring is Nina’s chance to join their ranks, courtesy of her well-connected cousin and his calculating wife. But the Grand Season has just begun, and already Nina’s debut has gone disastrously awry.

She has always struggled to control her telekinesis—neighbors call her the Witch of Oldhouse—and the haphazard manifestations of her powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.

“When entertainer Hector Auvray arrives to town, Nina is dazzled. A telekinetic like her, he has traveled the world performing his talents for admiring audiences. He sees Nina not as a witch, but ripe with potential to master her power under his tutelage. With Hector’s help, Nina’s talent blossoms, as does her love for him.

“But great romances are for fairytales, and Hector is hiding a truth from Nina — and himself — that threatens to end their courtship before it truly begins. The Beautiful Ones is a charming tale of love and betrayal, and the struggle between conformity and passion, set in a world where scandal is a razor-sharp weapon.” (Source: Goodreads)

Click here to purchase The Beautiful Ones for Kindle, Audible, or in print.

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Popular Goodreads tags: thriller, fiction, mystery, suspense, mystery thriller, psychological thriller, crime, adult, adult fiction

“Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.

“You’d like to get to know Grace better.

“But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

“Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

“Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.” (Source: Goodreads)

Click here to purchase Behind Closed Doors for Kindle, Audible, or in print.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Read my review on A Court of Mist and Fury here.

Popular Goodreads tags: fantasyromanceyoung adultnew adultfairiesfaefictionmagicyoung adult fantasyhigh fantasyparanormal

“Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost.

Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

“Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

“With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.” (Source: Goodreads)

Click here to purchase A Court of Mist and Fury for Kindle, Audible, or in print.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Popular Goodreads tag: historical, historical fiction, fiction, war, World War II, adult, cultural, France, romance, adult fiction

“In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

“FRANCE, 1939

“In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says good-bye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

“Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gaëtan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

“With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France—a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.”

Click here to purchase The Nightingale for Kindle, Audible, or in print.

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

Popular Goodreads tags: fiction, science fiction, time travel, contemporary, magical realism, fantasy, adult fiction, adult, women’s fiction, chick lit

“A remarkably inventive novel that explores what it means to live a life fully in the moment, even if those moments are out of order.

“It’s New Year’s Eve 1982, and Oona Lockhart has her whole life before her.

At the stroke of midnight she will turn nineteen, and the year ahead promises to be one of consequence. Should she go to London to study economics, or remain at home in Brooklyn to pursue her passion for music and be with her boyfriend? As the countdown to the New Year begins, Oona faints and awakens thirty-two years in the future in her fifty-one-year-old body. Greeted by a friendly stranger in a beautiful house she’s told is her own, Oona learns that with each passing year she will leap to another age at random. And so begins Oona Out of Order…

“Hopping through decades, pop culture fads, and much-needed stock tips, Oona is still a young woman on the inside but ever changing on the outside. Who will she be next year? Philanthropist? Club Kid? World traveler? Wife to a man she’s never met? Surprising, magical, and heart-wrenching, Margarita Montimore has crafted an unforgettable story about the burdens of time, the endurance of love, and the power of family.” (Source: Goodreads)

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    5 thoughts on “5 Books That Are a Must-Read

    1. (I have still never read ACOTAR..) The Beautiful Ones is on my tbr, it sounds like a great read, but I love how dark ‘Behind Closed Doors’ sounds.
      Great post! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      1. Behind Closed Doors is tied with The Nightingale for first place in my heart! Completely different genres, but I cannot recommend those two enough. If you end up reading Behind Closed Doors, have something light and happy planned for your next read.

        I don’t know if you’ve seen my most recent book reviews, they’re all ACOTAR lol. I’m really enjoying the series (as I’m breezing through it and just finished the novella last night/this morning). Again, can’t recommend the series enough because I don’t like fantasy, but ACOTAR has awakened something in me where I’m like “why have I been sleeping on fantasy romance for so long?!” Thanks for reading 🙂

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        1. One of those, eh? The dark ones are great but they do have a tendency to follow you off the pages sometimes. I’ll make sure to do that, thank you!

          And the weird thing is, I love fantasy, I just somehow bypassed Acotar.. I finally made it part of my goal this year to read the damn thing. 😂
          I’m glad you’re enjoying it so much.. I have only heard good things!

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        2. It’s good, but you definitely have to push through the first one… I would say the first 3/4 is slow, but the last quarter really hooks you in!

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