My Top 5 Reads of 2016

As you know, if you've read any of my blogs lol, I LOVE to read. I constantly have an audiobook playing and am usually reading a couple of books as well. I just love the feeling of diving into another time and place. It's how I "relax" and unwind, even if the book is suspenseful, and many of my faves fall under that category! Here are my top 5 out of the books I read in 2016. If you want to see the entire list, click here.

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

This was hands-down my favorite book of the year. It was so unique in the sense that it is told backwards. You find out about a girl who has gone missing and then you slowly make you way back to day one, that leads to her disappearance.  It's so interesting and keeps you on your toes, thinking, wait... what happened?? I love books that confuse me and that I can't pinpoint exactly who is guilty or not. To see my full book over-review click here

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

This was one of the most disturbing and bone-chillingly creepy books but I couldn't put it down. The suspense about killed me lol. The book is about a series of murders that a woman uncovers in some documents on her husband's computer. She tries to solve the murders and find the link between the information and her husband. As you watch her dig deeper, you become more and more creeped out with what is happening. Don't read it while you're alone lol! You watch her uncover the truth and place herself in direct danger of being the next victim. Such a great read!

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner 

This book is very different than the two previously mentioned. Secrets of a Charmed Life is set during the London Blitz in World War II. It follows the story of two sisters who are sent away during the bombings, in hopes that they would be safe.  Life takes a detour and they decide to head back to London, but they have picked the worst time to travel. The story follows their journey through London, searching for their mom and for each other. It is heart wrenching but rich with history and hardships. A must-read! Read my full book over-review here

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

This was a book club pick from a few months back and we all loved it. Book club is great for getting me out of my comfort zone with my book choices. As you can tell, I love suspenseful books or anything set during WWII. I'm pretty predictable lol! Thankfully this book doesn't fall in either category and is something new. It's set during the 1950's in New York City, at the iconic Barbizon hotel. This hotel was a dorm of sorts for aspiring models, secretaries, and editors during this time. It was a "safe" and respectable place for women to live while trying to make it in the big city or until they got married. The story switches back and forth from the past and present, following the lives of two women. I don't want to give too much away, so just go read it :)

The Milliner's Secret by Natalie Meg Evans

This book is also set during WWII... shocking, I know! It follows the life of Cora, a young woman in France, trying to make her way as a hat maker. She has reinvented herself to hide from the Nazis, since she is a Londoner by birth. Once again, you are privy to the underground life during the war, and you see just how people survive in such dangerous times. This is a long-winded book but also so interesting. See my full book over-review here

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