- Rachel’s Holiday – Marion Keyes
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
- Captivating – John and Staci Eldredge
- 11/22/63 – Stephen King
If you asked me in high school if I liked books, my response would’ve been a strong no. It was work, and I didn’t want to add any work to my schedule. Now I’m wishing I would’ve read more. I often find myself reading two or three books at a time. I always have an audiobook for the car and an ebook or hardcopy for home. Sometimes, I throw in an extra audiobook for home. Reading is an escape and a form of relaxation for me.
Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes is my all-time favorite book. It’s an easy, fun read, but delves into the inner workings of addiction. Although I’ve not experienced the addiction of the main character, I felt I could relate to the feelings she was having. Captivating is another book that got to my soul and made me, as a woman, examine my relationships. It spoke to me at a time that I needed guidance.
Before I had my daughter, I had just started getting into audiobooks. It all started with the Harry Potter series, which I would strongly recommend listening to these on audiobooks. Jim Dale does an excellent job of performing each character. Once I completed the series, I checked out the library and searched out books that had a movie counterpart. Here’s where I found The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The strong female lead, along with the mystery, makes this book a quick page turner. And if you’re going to watch the movie, be sure to get the Swedish version with subtitles. On one of my library trips, I’d picked up a book by Stephen King. Now, he is an amazing storyteller. Although I often don’t like how his stories turn out, I love the journey he takes you on to get there. I have found that 11/22/63 is the closest to a happy ending that you will get from him. Not only does it have a supernatural quality to it, but it also has romance. It gave me hope, had me laughing, pissed me off, made me cry, and took me to a whole new world. I think that’s the purpose of a good book.