Have you been brushing up on your reading lately? If you haven’t, you did the right thing clicking on this article. Nothing beats logging out of social media and Netflix for a while to curl up in a corner with a good book. Try it – it’s more calming than mindlessly scrolling down an endless bombardment of stressful news.
We’ve rounded up some books that have been gaining traction on the New York Times’ Best Seller list as well as those garnering buzz among the online community.
Here are a few of our recommended reads for this month:
5. All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
Written by the best-selling author best known for Something Borrowed, All We Ever Wanted is about how Nina Browning, wife to a wealthy businessman and Tom Volpe, a single father, are both caught up in a scandal after a photo of them from a party spread like wildfire. Their worlds begin to intertwine as we follow their life of desire, love, scandal, and longing.
4. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Ever heard of Gone Girl? We thought you might’ve. If you’re a fan of Gillian Flynn, this book might be your cup of tea. The story follows Anna, a reclusive and bordering alcoholic who has a knack for spying on her next-door neighbors.
When she sees something she shouldn’t have, her life takes a drastic turn and dark secrets come to surface. This gripping psychological thriller is a page-turner that will leave you in a state of suspense.
3. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Let’s not forget that the late great Anthony Bourdain was not just a TV personality. He was an exceptional writer and a chef who changed how the world looked at food. Even years after its publication, Kitchen Confidential remains one of the boldest, most honest books that tell what really goes on in the kitchen – stories beyond food.
It’s intriguing, tongue-in-cheek, and funny – all reminding us that Anthony’s sharp wit and genuine love for food is what made him one of the most inspiring and influential people of our generation.
2. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
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what do you usually do when you're feeling stressed? . first, happy publication day to ottessa moshfegh's my year of rest and relaxation! 🎉 the protagonist in this book decides to hibernate for one year hoping that she will become a new and better person once she wakes up. it's quite tempting to sleep our worries away but i'll probably not do what this protagonist did. 😏 . i just posted my review on my blog. this book is definitely one of my favorite reads this year. 👌🏼 . . . . . . // #penguinpress #myyearofrestandrelaxation #bookblogger #coffeetime #coffeegram #coffeelife #bookstagram #coffeeandbooks #kindcomments #ofquietmoments #flatlay #flatlaythenation #bookstagrammer #culturetripbooks #bookstagramista #unitedbookstagram #amreading #bookphotography #ilovebooks #readersgonnaread #morningslikethese #justgoshoot #onthebed #bookaesthetic #bookaholic
This dark comedy set in the year 2000 follows the quest of the unnamed narrator to sleep for an entire year by taking questionable pills prescribed by a quack doctor.
Relatively rich from a family inheritance, our protagonist chooses to avoid the world by shutting herself in inside her Upper East Side apartment because she “hates everyone and everything.” My Year of Rest and Relaxation is undeniably interesting and will undoubtedly be the center of discussion among readers.
1. What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
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🌺|#partner|Thank you to @littlebrown @lucyrtan for the free review copy!|This book is out today!| . . . Short Synopsis: After years of chasing the American dream, the Zhen family has moved back to China. Settling into a luxurious serviced apartment in Shanghai, Wei, Lina, and their daughter, Karen, join an elite community of Chinese-born, Western-educated professionals who have returned to a radically transformed city. . . . I started this book last night and I’m loving it so far! I have a feeling these characters will stay with me long after I finish! Books about family dynamics are my absolute favourite! I look forward to sharing my review soon! . . . Let me know what you’re reading today! Enjoy your Tuesday bookworms! 📚🐛❤️ . . . #booksofinstagram #toronto #bookcover #bookstagrammers #bookworm #bookstagram #booknerd #booklover #booklove #reading #read #reader #bookobsessed #bookaholic #bookaddict #bibliophile #bookish #unitedbookstagram #justread #lovetoread #canadianblogger #bookstagrammer #igreads #booksbooksbooks #whatwewerepromised #lucytan #bookishcanadians
Set in the globalized city of Shanghai, What We Were Promised revolves around the family of Lina and Wei, a wealthy couple who were brought together by an arranged marriage.
When Wei’s long lost younger brother Qiang (who also happens to be Lina’s first love) suddenly reappears after decades of being missing, the couple’s relatively peaceful marriage is put at risk to be torn apart.