Anyone who knows me well will tell you I have a bit of a book obsession. My husband has dubbed my problem “binge-reading disorder”. It’s been there since childhood. I think my personality testing (ESFJ) lands me 49% introvert, 51% extrovert for the sole reason that I like books almost as much as people. Well, if we’re being honest here, more than most people.
I’m asked a lot for book recommendations and absolutely love giving them! I read all kinds of genres from non-fiction to youth dystopian to raunchy romance to historical fiction… you name it. I usually read books that come in series – trilogies or more, but know not everyone suffers from the same binge-reading disorder I have, haha… I love specific requests, but also have some all-time faves and recent finds that would be great summer reads!
Drama/Romance Singles: Best for Quick/Busy Vacations
The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer
For Outlander fans like myself who were marooned with no more sequels after the last book, this one is a fabulous read. I love that the romance, drama and mystery take place in one of my favorite cities in Italy as well and features a kick-ass female lead character.
The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer
Before you roll your eyes too hard at the author here, this second work out of the Twilight author is a whole different level of maturity. Where Twilight was all teen angst and predictable plot twists (yes I read them, yes I loved them, everyone’s entitled to their own book preferences), The Chemist actually surprised me and kept me dying to get back to it when I had to put it down. Plus, again, brilliant main character chick rules.
The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry
This one is a young adult fiction romance that will appeal to grown-ups as well. The main character is struggling through the end of high school to college transition, teen romance and a new, supernatural ability all at once (puts ordinary life in perspective!). Beautifully written story that makes you think with new parts of your brain in a fun way.
Trilogies and Beyond: Best for Longer and More Leisurely Trips
The Atlantis Gene (Origin Mystery Series) by A. G. Riddle
This series is an absolutely riveting Dan Brown-esque mystery/thriller with romance about the origins of humans on Earth. It brings in a life-on-other-planets dimension that is very mind-stretching and so fun. Again, love the smart and capable main female character and the star-crossed romance woven through.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The penultimate book in this series just released in May, we will have to wait for 2019 to get the final addition. If you’re a quick reader – maybe wait because the anticipation is killing. me. This story of a dystopian alternate world where humans and Fae (think hunky super-strong and magical humanoid fairies, not little Tinkerbell types) have been separated and one strong-willed young woman’s actions will bring about a radical shift. Romance and mystery and drama abound in the beautiful set of books. I’ve already read the whole series twice and can’t get enough!
Non-fiction That is Actually Fun to Read: Best for when you want to learn something but also not be bored
The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz
I’ve already posted about the low-fat lies that have been spread throughout western society due to lack of good science and a few big egos along with a whole lot of well-meaning people. This book breaks down in readable terms the actual history of this, the impact for nutrition science today and also how you can change your health and life with the knowledge. Backed up by meticulous footnotes full of research, this book is worth reading and sharing.
The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington
This is another thing modern, western society has been getting WAY wrong. We don’t sleep enough at baseline and lots of people are sabotaging their natural sleep and then drugging themselves. This can have very serious negative health effects. I’m not talking about ‘feeling groggy’, I’m talking about car accidents, dementia and even increased risk of cancer. This goes over real, practical advice for improving your own sleep that aligns with the best research out there.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Lawson herself suffers from mental health issues and is able to be honest and raw and f*cking hilarious about them in a way that magically uplifts your own mind. I laughed so hard at this book, I had tears rolling down my face and ab cramps. I still giggle every time I pass a piece of taxidermy to this day. Do yourself a favor and get it.
OK, ok…. I’m cutting myself off! I could go on all day. I’ll just have to do more of these posts – have a specific request? Leave a comment and I’ll add to my list for next time!! For now, g
rab your beverage of choice and relax with one of these great reads.
Love to you all, especially our faithful followers 😉
Dr. Annie is a married mom of 2, family doctor and self-acknowledged book addict in the Sacramento area.