I have an addiction, an obsession, a problem... But it's a healthy one! I love to read. I've always loved to read but started reading more when my now 16 month old baby was born. During those hours of rocking and feeding, all nighters, and times when she just wanted to be held I read. And read. And read.
Reading can get expensive but I found ways to save $. Not only can you check out books from your local library- you can check out online books as well and read on your Nook, iPad or even smart phone. Most libraries have an app to download and all of a sudden there is MAGIC in your phone! I am a firm believer that a library card makes you the richest person in the world! I have also found websites such as BookBub that offer discounts and free books online. Book of the Month is a great find as well with great prices on new books, lots of great suggestions, and free shipping!
If you aren't on Goodreads ( a social media site for readers) you are missing out! You are able to see what your friends are reading, share what you are reading along with your progress, add shelves such as "favorites" and "to read." Goodreads also suggests books to read based on your likes and dislikes. Follow me at: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/42858014-megan-lively
Historical fiction is my favorite genre however I read a little bit of everything. Some of my favorites are listed below.
Genre: Historical Fiction
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
This book has it all! History, romance, friendship, the love between family. After reading this book it stuck with me for days and days. You will laugh and cry and feel every other emotion in between. The setting is France, 1939: "In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are."
Favorite Historical Fiction Author- Beatriz Williams
I have loved every one of Beatriz Williams books, however her debut novel, A Hundred Summers is my favorite. If you are looking for a great beach read, have an interest in hurricanes/weather, or love to read about friendship and romance this is a great choice. This book takes place in Seaview, Rhode Island and chronicles the The Great New England Hurricane of 1938. This storm formed near the coast of Africa on September 9, becoming a Category 5, before making landfall on Long Island on September 21. This book offers a different perspective on hurricanes that formed long before we had modern day technology.
For the Pet Lover: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
I read this book in 2 days! I have a dog that I adore but this book is for any pet lover, past, present or future! It's written from the perspective of the dog. It starts out when the dog meets his owner for the first time: "He picked me out of a pile of puppies, a tangled, rolling mass of of paws and ears and tails, behind a barn in a smelly field near a town in eastern Washington... My littermates and I were tussling around like we always did, and a hand reached into the pile and found my scruff and suddenly I was dangling in the air. 'This one,' a man said. It was my first glimpse of the rest of my life." This book is a treasure and one that you will want to read again and again.
Non-fiction: Love Does by Bob Goff
Not to sound cliche but this book will make you love more, do more, and be more! It will challenge what you believe about love and how you love. In my opinion it is similar to The Five Love Languages. Love Does is written in short story style so if you are a slow reader this book is perfect for you. You can put it down and pick it back up at any time.
Literary Fiction- The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
This is great book that will tug at your heart and make you question how far would you go for a friend. It's about hope after tragedy, love lost and found, and loyalty between true friends.
Non-fiction: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
This book changed my life and my house! If you are sick of clutter, have a hard time throwing things away, or need practical ways to organize every room in your home this book is for you! I've recommended this book to so many people!
Thriller: Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
The ending of this book was so spooky I almost hated it when it was over. Just when you think you know what's going on, you don't. I thought I had figured this book out halfway through but I was wrong. Don't start this book unless you have a good 2 days with nothing to do, because you will not be able to put it down.