I don’t know about you guys, but I’m always looking for good book recommendations. Whether I’m headed on a beach vacay, have a long flight ahead, or just need something to read before bed, it’s always helpful to keep a running list of what books to read next. I thought I’d start a monthly series on Traveling Chic with my book recommendations and hopefully you can keep me up to date on what you’re reading and loving too!
Here’s what’s on my list for the month of May:
I just started this book and have been hearing great things from friends. Hopefully it’s a good one!
Publisher’s Weekly says: “Newlywed London lawyer Lily Macdonald’s best intentions land her in some of the worst predicaments in British author Corry’s devilishly devious U.S. debut, in which almost no one proves totally trustworthy… But well-meaning as Lily is, readers will discover she isn’t above hiding some rather unsavory secrets of her own. As twisty as little Carla’s glossy curls, which inspire Ed’s best work, this swiftly moving psychological thriller offers surprises right up to the finish.”
I love a good period piece, and this one is inspired by real people and actual events. It’s my understanding this book is heart wrenching, but a powerful and memorable story. Can’t wait to get into this one soon!
The Skimm says: “Three women: a New York socialite, a German doctor, and a Polish teenager. Living completely different lives in different corners of the world during WWII. Until a series of twists and tuns pulls them all together. This read’s a page turner, inspired by real life.”
I flew through The Girl on a Train last year, so I’m sure I’ll get sucked into Paula Hawkin’s newest thriller as well.
USA Today says: “[A] succulent new mystery… Hawkins, influenced by Hitchcock, has a cinematic eye and an ear for eerie, evocative language… So do dive in. The payoff is a socko ending. And a noirish beach read that might make you think twice about dipping a toe in those dark, chilly waters.”
Summer + small town + southern belles… sounds like the perfect beach read combo for the season.
Huffington Post says: “Reading SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE by Kristy Woodson Harvey is like being at the beach on that first perfect day of summer. You know when you see the cover picturing three young women on a sandy shore this book is going to take you into Dorothea Benton Frank, Mary Kay Andrews and Patti Callahan Henry country. It is a story centering around the relationships between a mother and her three daughters and that spells conflict one way or another.”
I actually just finished this book while in Florida. While not my favorite book ever, it’s a quick, enjoyable mystery and definitely a page turner as I couldn’t wait to find out how it ended!
The Washington Times says: “The Aurora, a boutique cruise liner, is small with only 10 cabins and luxurious with chandeliers and endless champagne. Journalists, a photographer, investors and even a model comprise the passenger list for the maiden voyage and among them we meet Lo Blacklock, a travel journalist with a withering love life and a vexing drinking problem. And so begins “The Woman in Cabin 10,” Ruth Ware’s snappy thriller set on the high seas… The first chapter will grab your attention, force it against a wall and hold it there until the end.
P.S. CBS films is currently adapting the book for a movie. Love seeing books I’ve read come to life on the screen!
This book has been around for a long time, but I just learned that they are making this beloved story into a movie (set to release in 2018) and I’m soooo excited! Several actors from Downton Abbey have already been cast, so if you loved that show then this will be a must-see movie for you. If you haven’t read this one yet, be sure to put it next on your list!
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, says: “I can’t remember the last time I discovered a novel as smart and delightful as this one, a world so vivid that I kept forgetting this was a work of fiction populated with characters so utterly wonderful that I kept forgetting they weren’t my actual friends and neighbors. Treat yourself to this book please—I can’t recommend it highly enough.”
What’s on your reading list this month? I’d love to hear!