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When you are stuck at home it doesn’t mean you can’t let your mind wander as far as possible. For the book worms out there, this is my social distancing must-read list. 

1. Where the Crowdads Sing 

where the crawdads sing

I picked this because it’s on everyone’s spring must-read list. Set in North Carolina, it begins with Kya who is abandoned by her family and left to fend herself in the marsh. The story is full of romance, mystery, and murder. It started a little slow, but then I bonded and felt so much empathy for the main character, Kya. The visuals presented by the author connects you with nature and you can “see” the similarities in humans. I was so sad when I finished this book! I didn’t want it to end. 

Where The Crawdads Sing

2. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

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I chose this because it was next up in a book club at my son’s preschool and because I loved Moriarty’s previous book, Big Little Lies. A story of marriage, children, and relationships, Guilt and betrayal. From the first page, you are hooked. The events all transpire at a seemingly normal BBQ – and the characters are not the same after, which becomes the mystery of the book. You find out what happens slowly through suspenseful flashbacks that keep the pages turning. I found myself wanting to skip ahead (but I resisted) just so I could slow down and soak in more of the rich character development and plot twists. 

Truly Madly Guilty

3. The Partner By John Grisham

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I am a sucker for John Grisham’s legal thrillers and this is one I hadn’t read. Grisham’s gripping writing, drama, and suspense make me forget the chaos around, and rope me in completely. This isn’t his best one but it’s still an entertaining read.  A lawyer steals a large fortune from his partners and flees down south to Brazil. This is the story of his return after being caught. The fun of this story is imagining just how you could pull off a huge stunt and steal a huge fortune – think Oceans 11, but in the legal world. 

The Partner

4. Troy: Lord Of The Silver bow By David Gemmell

I picked this one because it’s my husband’s favorite author. It’s equal parts mythology, fantasy, bravery, heartbreak, and surprisingly, love. It reminded me of Game of Thrones in creating tragedy for your most beloved characters. The new interpretations to some of history’s favorite heroes like Hector, Odysseus and Achilles make this so memorable. It’s now not only my husbands favorite, it’s mine too. 

Lord Of The Silver Bow

5. Valley Of The Dolls By Jacqueline Susann

This was a reread, but it’s the one of the best books ever. It’s full of excess. It tracks three women as they try to make it in fast paced NYC, and the author leads you through the affairs, overdoses, diva personalities, and sex. The fame, the money, and the drugs and how it takes it’s toll on three women’s relationships, happiness, and life. It’s one of those books you just can’t forget. 

Valley Of The Dolls

6.Outlander By Diana Gabaldon

My list wouldn’t be complete without a historical romance. This is a great social distancing read because it is truly a commitment to sink your teeth into. It is a longer book and is part of a series of 8 books. Whether you’ve seen the series on Starz or not, the book’s rich detail takes you right to 18th century Scotland (with a little time travel). You, right with the protagonist Claire, fall madly for the brave and heart-pumping Highland warrior Jamie. Claire as the main voice can be annoying with her wild decision making for a woman in the 18th century – but every word and action from dashing Jamie makes it worth it. 


You’ve heard mine, so tell me yours! What’s your favorite book right now? And if you are looking for new books for the little ones, try our Best Books For Toddler’s List

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