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If you’re looking for a good book to dive into this weekend — it’s what weekends are for, after all — here’s a list of my most recent recommended reads!

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins: Hailed as this year’s Gone Girl — which I devoured in a weekend, bee-tee-dubs; read it if you haven’t yet —  Hawkins’ psychological thriller is almost as difficult to put down. Told through the point of view of several narrators, this book literally kept me guessing until I finished it. (And the end was much more satisfying than its much-loved predecessor.)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple: “Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.” (Goodreads) When Bernadette disappears just before a planned family trip to Antarctica, Bee sets out on a mission to find her. I loved the construction of this book: Semple presents the reader with emails, letters, official documents and secret correspondence to piece together a story of eccentric characters that’s funny, dark, smart and heartwarming. Put it in your beach bag or bring it with you on vacation.

Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending To Be A Grownup by Grace Helbig – I bought this book purely because I love Grace, Hannah, and Mamrie and can easily spend hours watching and LOLing at their YouTube videos. Grace’s irreverent illustrated guide to navigating adulthood in your early 20s is hilarious and on-point, and although I’m outside the target demographic for this one, I would totally give it as a college graduation gift.

Bridget Jones: Mad About A Boy by Helen Fielding: Bridget Jones is one of my favorite literary characters of all time, and she makes a triumphantly awkward return in Mad About a Boy. It’s 14 years later, and Bridget’s tackling new ‘modern’ challenges as a mother and widow (RIP, Mark Darcy) while writing a screenplay, figuring out Twitter, learning the dangers of drunk texting, and navigating the dating scene. All with grace, of course [snort]. I loved this book as much as I loved the original diary: it made me laugh a lot; choked me up once or twice; and left me wanting more Bridget.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh: “Beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.” I have a soft spot for this book because flowers are almost a main character; they bring purpose and meaning to a broken woman’s life. I’ll be honest, I didn’t love the story (it was fine) but learning about the Victorian ‘language of flowers’ throughout the book made it worth the read.

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32 Comments

  1. love your book reccomodations. Can’t wait to try ’em out!

    Posted 6.5.16 Reply
  2. I just read How to Be Parisian in my book club, but The Language of Flowers might just be the next one i look at! I love your description and honesty about the storyline. The Girl on the Train too! That’s it, I’m off to buy it. I was a bit sceptical about it as I enjoyed Gone Girl so much but now I’m going to have to read it! Any excuse to pick up new books is good by me!!

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  3. I absolutely love your book recommendations!

    Posted 5.9.15 Reply
  4. I never heard of those books but I should definitely check them out! Thanks!

    Posted 5.3.15 Reply
  5. Girl on the Go wrote:

    Great recommendations! I recently listened to The Girl On the Train on audible and I think the fact that it was drawn out longer due to it being an audio book made it even more suspenseful! Where’d You Go, Bernadette is one of my all time favorites as well. Since you obvi have great taste, I’ll have to give the others a read!

    Posted 4.26.15 Reply
  6. so in love with this bag 😍 it would make my day if you could check out saraspillman.com xo

    Posted 4.26.15 Reply
  7. Thank you for the book recommendations! Been trying to find a new book to read on my train rides.

    Posted 4.24.15 Reply
  8. Also enjoyed The Language of Flowers for the same reason you did! Thanks for spreading the word.

    Posted 4.22.15 Reply
  9. Erin E. wrote:

    I’m bummed I didn’t see this earlier, as I just got back from a week at the beach where I devoured basically a book a day (ah, vacation, how I love you)! But you can never have too many good book recommendations, so I’m filing this away for my next vacation. The Girl on the Train in particular looks like my cup of tea.

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  10. Just finished I’ll Give You the Sun. Loved it. Beautifully written.

    Posted 4.21.15 Reply
  11. Love the post, I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read any of these! But I think I will definitely start with the language of flowers :D xxx

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    Posted 4.20.15 Reply
  12. I had wanted to read “the language of flowers” a while ago and forgotten about it until just reading this! So, thank you for the reminder and the other suggestions!

    Posted 4.19.15 Reply
  13. Girl on the train was insanely good! I couldn’t put it down!

    Posted 4.19.15 Reply
  14. I JUST finished The Girl on the Train- I agree, the end was much more satisfying than GG! I couldn’t put it down!

    Posted 4.19.15 Reply
  15. THANK YOU! I’ve been in desperate need of new books – https://midwestchronicles.wordpress.com/

    Posted 4.19.15 Reply
  16. Reblogged this on Chicheme 4 Two and commented:
    Just what I needed, let’s just save it up for the next one.

    Posted 4.19.15 Reply
  17. Grace is just to funny haha

    Posted 4.19.15 Reply
  18. byEmily wrote:

    I recently read The Girl on the Train and also could not put it down! It was so good! Thanks for the suggestions!

    Posted 4.19.15 Reply
  19. Carolina E. wrote:

    Well I read my Bible every morning ,I read three chapters in the Old Testament and two in the
    New Testament. Reading it that way I read the Bible thru in a year .I also read other books and
    I am learning some really good ones from this Blog .Thanks

    Posted 4.18.15 Reply
  20. Just started reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette and LOVE IT! Great suggestions!

    Posted 4.18.15 Reply
  21. Josephine wrote:

    I really want to read The Girl on the Train!

    Posted 4.18.15 Reply
  22. I want to read Grace’s book so bad! Hahah. :’)

    Posted 4.17.15 Reply
  23. Reblogged this on Hey, World. It's me, Coppertop..

    Posted 4.17.15 Reply
  24. Keira, we are on “the same page” about The Girl on A train (much better than G.G.) and The Language of Flowers. I agree the flowers are the stars of the book. Love your blog too! You are adorable and the voice of your blog is charming and welcoming!
    Warmly,
    Elizabeth

    Posted 4.17.15 Reply
  25. Whit Girls wrote:

    sigam meu novo blog meninas!!!

    Posted 4.17.15 Reply
  26. Sara S. wrote:

    Thanks for the recommendations! I have been looking for a new “suck you in” kind of book.:)

    Posted 4.17.15 Reply
  27. I’ve been debating if I should read Grace’s Guide or not…but you may have just convinced me to go for it!

    Posted 4.17.15 Reply
  28. I just finished The Girl on the Train and absolutely loved it! I’ll need to check out your other suggestions too. :)

    Madeline

    Posted 4.17.15 Reply
  29. Thank you for the book recommendations!

    Posted 4.17.15 Reply
  30. Thank you for the book recommendations!

    Posted 4.17.15 Reply

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