Gift Card for Christmas? Here’s Some Book Recs!

If your family and friends are anything like mine, they know that I’m perfectly happy with getting a Barnes & Noble gift card for any present ever. Or Amazon. Or anywhere the sells books really. But I know it can be hard to pick what book (or books) to spend your hard earned present.

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Next in line for the Gone Girl throne…

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – A dark secret? A tortured anti-heroine? A ridiculous twist? I’ve already talked about my love for this book in a previous post. It’s coming out on January 2nd and with a movie already in the works, you’ll want to get your hands on it before someone spoils the twist.

 

 

 

An underrated YA thriller…

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – I really mean it when I say this book is very underrated. Think of it as a fictional Amanda Knox story set in Aruba. Haas does a great job at painting my worst nightmares: being arrested in a foreign country, being falsely accused, and my best friend being murdered. This is actually at the to of my re-read list right now!

 

 

Dumb Heist fun…

The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg – With Ocean’s 8 coming out next year, I thought it would be good to get back to my roots. Namely, reading all the heist fiction I can because all I want is to secretly be a cat burglar. But look, don’t come to Evanovich and Goldberg’s house expecting a literary masterpiece. Instead, settle in to this book after  a rough day and a couple glasses of wine.

 

 

A beach read that is well-written and thoughtful…

Newport Jane by Katie Bieksa – This is another book I reviewed earlier this year and I literally cannot stop talking about how much I loved it. By the title and the cover, it’s easy to brush this off as an easy throwaway beach read but do not be fooled. This book is an emotional, raw, and real description of being a fish out of water and the lengths we go through to keep up appearances on the life we think we’re meant for.

 

 

If you’re over Pitch Perfect but still low-key love a capella…

Noteworthy by Riley Reid – I’m a classically trained Alto and even I’m sick of those stupid Pitch Perfect movies. But this? This I would watch the shit out of. This book has been described as Pitch Perfect meets She’s the Man, which is true. But I would describe it as really really freaking good. It’s got performing arts boarding school, a cross-dressing diverse protagonist, and a ridiculous a capella feud. It’s also an excellent own voices story.

 

 

Non-Fiction is more your style…

The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn – This one I’m kind of cheating on because I just love reading about doomsday cults. But I think it’s easy to get wrapped up in the final act (which for Jonestown was the infamous flavor-aid.) However, it’s just as important to see how they got there and what can turn a small-town kid into a cult-leading monster.

 

 

Not down for any of these? Check out your library Overdrive! I recently started taking advantage of my local library (I know, I know…) and seriously it’s a game changer.

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