When I was little my grandmother took me to the library every week.
Come rain or shine or expired library card, my grandmother would cart me in her Toyota Corolla to the place where dinosaurs wore top hats and kids walked through wardrobes into a winter wonderland and Nancy Drew solved every mystery with her notebook and bobby socks.
I fell in love with books on those long ago trips to the library. And I’ve never stopped loving them. There’s something so wonderful and amazing how 26 characters and some random punctuation can make your heart beat faster or your eyes fill up with tears or make you laugh out loud.
There are so many adventures waiting for all of us between the covers of a book.
So in case you love books as much as I do?
Here are 10 books you won’t be able to put down.
1. Under the Southern Sky
Camilla, King Charles’ wife, (I’m not sure of her exact title) was just photographed reading this book. Kristy Woodson Harvey is a sweet friend of mine and I’ve been cheering her on from her very first book.
She’s witty and funny and I always want to be best friends with all her main characters.
And Under the Southern Sky is no exception.
Reading the story of Amelia and Parker is so endearing and so sweet. Parker is a widower and Amelia is a journalist researching the biggest story of her career.
I would be BEST friends with her.
Just like all of Kristy’s characters. GET THIS BOOK. You will love it from the first book to the last.
2. Hello Beautiful
Where do I begin? Hello Beautiful is the sweetest book.
Someone said in the reviews that it was Little Women with basketball, but it’s so much more than that. It’s poignant and if you like different stories of different characters that all entwine together?
This is the book for you.
It’s about a boy named William who has a super sad childhood and he finds refuge in basketball and he finds Julia and her large outgoing family who welcome him in and surround him.
It’s a story of love and loss and overcoming where you come from to become the person you were meant to be.
You can see Hello Beautiful here.
3. The Midnight Library
The Midnight Library has almost 250,000 reviews on Amazon.
It’s a story about choices. Somewhere on the edge of the galaxy, there’s a library. The library is full of books that tell the stories of people’s lives—with different endings. Some are stories of their life as they know it. Some are stories of their life that could have been.
Nora Seed is faced with which story to choose.
And what makes life worth the living after all.
(total aside: I haven’t read this one—but it’s on my list).
4. The Nightingale
Where are my Kristen Hannah readers? You all love The Nightingale so much and I echo everything you’ve messaged me about this book. It’s amazing.
And it has almost 300,000 reviews on Amazon.
It looks amazing. I love a historical drama and this one is set against the backdrop of WWII and Germany’s invasion of France.
It’s the story of two sisters with romance and struggle and sometimes almost impossible choices.
And you will literally not be able to put it down.
5. The Giver of the Stars
I saw the movie Me Before You based on the book written by this author so I was intrigued when readers recommended The Giver of the Stars.
It’s another historical drama about a team of women who are part of the team helping to deliver Eleanor Roosevelt’s traveling library.
It’s the story of the challenges they face on the journey and the love they discover and the challenges of the land they travel.
6. Carnegie’s Maid
I was going through an entire phase with WWII history (ie the Nightingale), but now I’m all about the 1920s.
Last time I recommended The Wedding Veil and this time I’m back with another 1920s book.
Carnegie’s Maid had me from the very first page.
It’s about a maid (who’s not really a maid) and who she falls in love with and the ending TOTALLY surprised me. Audible recommended this to me and I’m so glad it did.
You can see Carnegie’s Maid here.
7. A Gentleman in Moscow
Almost 125,000 reviews on Amazon and TONS of reader recommendations can’t be wrong.
A Gentleman in Moscow looks so interesting because it’s based on the story of an aristocrat who is sentenced to house arrest in the attic of the Metropol hotel.
The characters and the scenery are incredible as the story unfolds during this tumultuous time in Russian history.
Edenbrooke has all the things that I love.
The heir to a fortune.
And a heroine with a heart of gold. If you like romance novels, this is a sweeter version with everything that makes an English romance novel great.
9. The Second Mrs. Astor
Continuing on my early 1900s theme, The Second Mrs. Astor is a love story that’s heartbreaking and inspiring all the same time.
Madeline and Jack are in love (with kind of a big age difference) and they get married and head out on their honeymoon and take a return voyage home on the Titantic. Jack puts Madeline on a lifeboat and promises her he’ll see her in New York. Four months later, alone and widowed, she gives birth and that’s when the story begins.
I’ll keep you posted on how it ends. 🙂
I wish my grandmother was still here so she could see how those trips to the library instilled a love of reading that I still have after all these years.
I know what she’d do. She would smile and that Toyota Corolla would turn to the left.
Right into the parking lot of the library. 🙂
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