February is upon us and there has never been a better time to curl up with a book. Maybe you’re keeping warm under the blankets during the snowy weather or maybe you’re lucky enough to travel somewhere warm to escape the cold. Either way you are in need of a book for the plane, the beach, or your couch. I know I’m certainly in need of some great reads to occupy these long winter days. Here is a great list of titles both new and older that will be sure to entertain you-
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
This story follows a group of students in the years after they are affected by a terrible tragedy in a middle school in the suburbs of San Francisco. In the years that follow, they encounter a young teacher who tries to help them by connecting with them on a personal level in various ways. It tells the story of how one act can impact each individual in entirely differently and the devastating impact that the internet and social media can have on us. This is a great read especially for millennials who have grown up as the first generation truly affected by cyber bullying.
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
Elizabeth, Andrew & Zoe’s lives were raucous and exciting during their college years as their popular band grew in success. With one single viral song, you could say that they ‘peaked.’ 25 years later, they’re all struggling to be the same cool people they were back then. Now each facing their own mid life criss, it seems their lives are slipping from the control of their grips. They’re forced to manage and confront the hardships of their own relationships, the ghost of their fourth bandmate who went astray, and their children. When a producer comes to town to make a documentary about their old bandmate, everything they’ve ever known and believed seems to come into question. They struggle to maintain their identities all while it seems their children are coming into their own. One thing I loved about this book was how it switched back and forth from the perspectives of the adults and the children. It’s definitely an interesting coming of age story for both the parents and children.
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
This is a great read for any post grad. We’ve all graduated college and said to ourselves “What’s next?” This story follows Tess as she graduates college and leaves home, believing she is destined to make something of herself and become the person she always thought she would be. With no money and no career, she’s forced to be resourceful and finds a job at one of the most popular restaurants in NYC. The lessons she learns here turn out to be the greatest lessons she’s had to learn in her life thus far. Love, lust and competition are all in the cards in this new life she’s created for herself all while learning about her own identity along the way.
Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia
This is the book of the moment. If you loved Gone Girl you will be sure to enjoy this book as well. This story surrounds the brutal murder of a small town high school student named Hattie. Residents of the town, including the local sheriff, become determined to find the killer. However, as the search unfolds so does the town’s secrets. The reader gets to see Hattie’s last months of her life and ultimately what led to her untimely death.
The Girl Before by JP Delaney
This book is told from perspectives of two different women. Emma finds her dream apartment and everything seems to be falling into place. She has her dream home! Jane also finds what seems to be her dream home, the same home as Emma, with an even dreamier landlord. She can’t avoid the feeling of the pit in her stomach when she learns of the mysterious death of the previous tenant, a girl very similar to herself. Will she suffer the same fate as the girl who lived there before her? Only time will tell.