Friday Faves: Spring Reading List

Perfete / Friday March 11, 2016

 

Happy Friday! As you head into the weekend, we wanted to share our list of spring must reads. There is nothing like a good book that sucks you in right away and transports you to a different world. We’ve got a great mix here of romance, mystery, classic and scientific subject matter, so there should be something for everyone. These are all great beach reads, so if you’re heading somewhere tropical for a spring break getaway, don’t forget to pack on of these awesome books. Here are the top 5 books we couldn’t put down over the last few months:

1.) Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

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Fates and Furies provides and extremely interesting look at the span of a relationship from both the man and woman’s perspective. A heavier read, but extremely interested for those interested in the dynamics between the sexes. This was picked as the Amazon editors #1 book of 2015, so give it a try!  From Amazon:

“Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years.At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart.”

2.) Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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You guys – buy.this.book.right.now. I have never been so engrossed – what a page turner! Liane Moriarty writes women SO well, I actually read every single one of her books after reading this one. This book surprised me and every turn and completely sucked me in. Check out the description:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?). Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

 

3.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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Jane Eyre is a classic for a reason. Easily one of the most romantic books ever, I go back to this one all the time when I want to be transported to an entirely different world. If you’ve never read this masterpiece, I highly recommend you give it a try. From Goodreads:

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed. With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

4. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

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I think I finished Luckiest Girl Alive in like three days. It’s that good. This thriller does an amazing job of capturing the world surrounding the modern twenty-something girl. The voice is perfect and the story is absolutely engrossing. If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll love this.
From Amazon: As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve. But Ani has a secret.There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything. With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.

5.) Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari 

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Modern Romance was such a hilarious, insightful and interesting look at the struggles of finding love in 2016. Aziz is so on point talking about how our expectations have changed, the stress of swiping left/right and how difficult it can be to date in our iPhone obsessed world. This is a great book with some excellent advice on how to navigate through today’s dating scene. From Amazon:

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?” In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.

What did we miss? What are your must reads this season? Tell us in the comments below!