What’s on My Nightstand; vol. 2
Is anyone else in complete denial that it’s already the middle of September?
Now that it’s fall (even though it’s still in the 90s down here in good old Florida), I thought I’d share with you what’s on my reading list for this season.
[if you want to read series one of What’s on My Nightstand, you can do so here!]
1. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Being that it was just the somber anniversary of September 11th, this book is extremely fitting. It follows a young boy on a journey to find what unlocks a key that his father had hidden. After his dad passed away in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he is looking for a way to search for him in a world in which he is no longer present.
While the backend of this story is sad, the story is light and enjoyable. It’s a great read to pick up if you’re looking for a quick read that also has you thinking.
Taking the complete opposite approach, “The Diary” is a quick, lighthearted read. It follows the story of two sisters that find their mother’s old diary. Through the twists and turns of the book, they learn more about their mom’s love life before their father. Was their dad their mom’s one true love? As they flip the pages, they learn more about her then they ever imagined.
3. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
As a New York Times best seller, I knew I had to snag this book after reading the thrilling back story:
“Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is. Her memories disappear every time she falls asleep. Her husband, Ben, is a stranger to her, and he’s obligated to explain their life together on a daily basis–all the result of a mysterious accident that made Christine an amnesiac. With the encouragement of her doctor, Christine starts a journal to help jog her memory every day. One morning, she opens it and sees that she’s written three unexpected and terrifying words: “Don’t trust Ben.” Suddenly everything her husband has told her falls under suspicion. What kind of accident caused her condition? Who can she trust? Why is Ben lying to her? And, for the reader: Can Christine’s story be trusted? At the heart of S. J. Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep is the petrifying question: How can anyone function when they can’t even trust themselves? Suspenseful from start to finish, the strength of Watson’s writing allows Before I Go to Sleep to transcend the basic premise and present profound questions about memory and identity.”
I love books that keep you guessing! I can’t wait to dive into this one.
4. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
This novel was recommended to me by a friend. It follows a young woman, Rachel, as she’s going through a difficult time in her life, trying to recover from alcoholism. Rachel takes the train each day and notices a young couple on a porch each day during her journey. She becomes fascinated by them and creates fictional backstories about their lives. Days later, she sees a news story about the woman’s sudden disappearance. Worried that she may have done something to Megan while in a drunken blackout, Rachel begins to investigate the disappearance.
Do you have any books that you’re currently reading or planning on reading that you think I’d enjoy? I love hearing suggestions!
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