10 book recommendations for every genre

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Each year, I set myself the goal of reading 100 books. And in recent years, I’ve been lucky enough to hit that goal a few months early, surpassing it in October of this year. And I have the reading habits I established to thank him. But what really made it possible were the books themselves.

This year, I picked up so many books that I couldn’t let go. And now I’m giving you book recommendations in every genre so you can get lost in a book (or a few) and hit your reading goals too.

Fancy

Kirsten Miller

Change

I admit it: I’m not looking for long books. So when I first came across Kirsten Miller’s 480-page “The Change,” I was hesitant. But I’m so glad I picked this one because once I started it I couldn’t put it down. This genre-bender is a riveting read filled with fantasy elements, commentary on the constant power struggle of women and men, and heart-wrenching mystery.

For three women from the Long Island coastal community of Mattauk, menopause is not at all what they expected. Nessa James inherited her grandmother’s ability to see and hear the dead. Harriett Osborne discovered a propensity for a unique type of gardening. And Jo Levison has become stronger than she could have ever imagined. Guided by voices that only Nessa can hear, the trio discover a teenage girl whose body has been dumped by a secluded beach. When the police brand the victim an addicted sex worker, Nessa, Harriett and Jo realize they were given their gifts to take matters into their own hands.

General Fiction

Elin Hilderbrand

The Nantucket Hotel

Elin Hilderbrand is my favorite author, so it’s no surprise she’s on this list. His latest novel, “The Hotel Nantucket,” is Hilderbrand at his best: multiple characters you can’t get enough of, page-turning mysteries, and a love letter to the people, food, and decor of Nantucket. .

Fresh out of a bad breakup, Lizbet Keaton is desperately looking for a second act. When she is named the new general manager of the Nantucket Hotel, she hopes to turn it into the gem it once was. But Lizbet will face plenty of challenges in her quest for the elusive five-key note from hugely popular Instagram influencer Shelly Carpenter, including the ghost of nineteen-year-old maid Grace Hadley, an unexpected guest with two kids and a dog, and a chef that will be familiar to longtime Hilderbrand fans.

historical fiction

Charmaine Wilkerson

black cake

Some of my favorite novels to read are intergenerational family dramas, and Charmaine Wilkernson’s “Black Cake” is a perfect example. It explores the influence our parents have on our lives and how our relationships with our siblings change as we age.

In present-day California, estranged siblings Byron and Benny reunite to mourn their mother, who left them a puzzling legacy: a black cake and a voice recording. In two timelines, we learn Eleanor’s story and see how the secrets she eventually reveals change Byron and Benny’s relationship forever.

literary fiction

Nina LaCour

Yerba Buena

As a longtime fan of Nina LaCour’s young adult novels, I was looking forward to her adult debut. And Yerba Buena did not disappoint. This story of two women who overcome their past to find and reunite with each other brought me to tears of both sadness and joy.

Raised by a single father and surrounded by addiction and poverty, Sara Foster leaves home at sixteen after an untold tragedy, eventually building a life for herself in Los Angeles. Emilie Dubois, originally from Los Angeles, also comes from a family marked by addiction, which led her to her seventh year and her fifth undergraduate major. When Sara and Emilie meet at the trendy restaurant Yerba Buena, where Sara is the new sought-after bartender and Emilie has taken a job arranging flowers, they are immediately attracted to each other. But they will have to process their past and learn what they want from their future if they have any chance of having a relationship with each other.

magical realism

Sarah Addison Allen

Other birds

I’m never quite sure what to expect from the magical realism genre, and if I tried to predict how reading Sarah Addison Allen’s “Other Birds” would make me feel, I would have failed miserably. Reading this story about the importance of people coming in and out of our lives was like being embraced in the most comforting embrace.

When Zoey comes to Mallow Island, South Carolina to claim her late mother’s apartment at the Dellawisp, she encounters her eccentric and secretive neighbors, including a runaway daughter, two estranged middle-aged sisters, a lonely chef, a legendary writer, and three ghosts. What follows is a story of the fears, desires, losses and loves that define humanity.

nonfiction

Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy

Big feelings: How to be okay when things aren’t going well

The best books, whether fiction or non-fiction, validate your feelings while teaching you how to manage them. And that’s exactly what “Big Feelings” is about. This is a book I know I will turn to again and again.

Tackling a big feeling, such as uncertainty, comparison and regret, in each of its seven chapters, “Big Feelings” debunks the myths that make you feel you shouldn’t feel what you feel and offers actionable strategies. to know how to manage your feelings. “Big Feelings” doesn’t tell you that the solution is to stop feeling what you feel. Instead, through personal stories, scientific studies, and original illustrations, Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy help you understand and make sense of your feelings.

Romance

Katherine Center

The bodyguard

I’ve been a fan of Katherine Center ever since I devoured “How to Walk Away” when it came out in 2018, but I must admit that the premise of “The Bodyguard” didn’t exactly thrill me. I’m happy to admit that I was absolutely 100% wrong. This book was so lighthearted and cute while addressing serious issues of loss, trauma, and grief. I was totally obsessed with the voice of main character Hannah, and found myself falling in love with Jack too. “The Bodyguard” is a perfect book in every way.

Following the death of her mother and the end of a relationship, Executive Protective Agent Hannah Brooks wants nothing more than a mission that will get her out of the country. A job as a bodyguard for superstar actor Jack Stapleton in his home state of Texas isn’t at all what she had in mind. But with a dream mission at stake and a man in need of protection from his middle-aged stalker and corgi breeder, Hannah has no choice but to take the job. The problem? In order to protect Jack and hide his identity from his family, she will have to pretend to be his girlfriend.

Speculative fiction

Nikki Erlick

The measurement

If I had to pick one book that I read in 2022 that I know will stay with me forever, it would be Nikki Erlick’s “The Measure.” The premise of this one is so unique that I still haven’t stopped thinking about it, even months after reading it. Consider forcing a friend to read this one too or reading it with your book club, because I guarantee you’ll want to tell someone about it afterwards.

One random day, everyone in the world over the age of twenty-two wakes up with a box outside their door. The box contains a chain which contains the measure of their life, the time they will live. And now everyone has a choice: open the box and find out when he’s going to die and if so, what do they do with that knowledge? Through the stories of eight people, Nikki Erlick explores the effect such an extraordinary event has on individuals, relationships old and new, and society as a whole.

Thriller

Courtney Summers

The project

Courtney Summers has written some of my favorite young adult thrillers, and “The Project” is perhaps her finest. I was absolutely captivated by this dual perspective, dual timeline story about a religious cult and the two sisters whose lives become entangled in it.

When their parents die in a tragic car accident, Bea joins an elusive community called The Unity Project, leaving Lo to fend for herself. After spending six years trying to reconnect with Bea only to end up with radio silence, Lo finally has the opportunity to learn more about The Project and its charismatic leader. But she soon learns that there is more to risk than her relationship with Bea: her very life could be in danger.

young adult

Elizabeth Foscue

pest

Sometimes you come across a novel that is an absolute delight to read, and Elizabeth Foscue’s “Pest” is that novel. “Pest” is fast and funny. There is mystery, and there is romance. Hallie is a lovely main character, and you won’t be able to help but support her.

All Hallie Mayhew wants to do is get to school on time, do her homework and maybe even catch a movie with her friends. Instead, she’s still working, whether it’s for her father’s pest control business, her mother’s pond cleaning service, or a tourist hotspot in Santa Barbara. Hallie knows she has to get out, but her only hope of getting to her dream school on the east coast is the prestigious Verhaag Scholarship. But the scholarship has a proud history of nepotism, and when a last-minute candidate comes out of the woodwork, Hallie has two options. She can enlist the help of Spencer Salazar, the dark and infuriating rich kid next door (and kinda hot), or she can supplement her resume with an after-school program like the yearbook committee, if only her nemesis sworn in the parking lot was not the editor. Of course, neither option is easy.

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