Spring Reading Challenge Week One

March 20, 2019

It is officially Spring! After celebrating my 21st birthday yesterday, I am very happy to wake up to official Spring. I am also excited because that means the first week of the Spring Reading Challenge! This first week is going to be amazing because there were so many books that came out last year that were phenomenal. The first week challenge is:

A Book That Was Published Last Spring

If you have a favorite in your own library, or a book you have been waiting to read, go ahead and get on it! If you have no clue, keep reading for my top suggestions for books to read this first week!

Every Note Played was published on the first day of Spring last year, so I thought it was fitting for it to be my first recommendation.

  • Author: Lisa Genova
  • Length: 320 Pages
  • Genre: Fiction

Every Note Played tells the story of Richard, an accomplished concert pianist, who gets diagnosed with ALS. His body is not the only thing that is failing, however, his marriage has been distant for years now. This novel reveals the depth and pain of serious illness, and the struggle that comes from keeping a marriage alive (or reviving it) in the face of losing everything.

  • Author: Peter Swanson
  • Length: 304 Pages
  • Genre: Thriller

All the Beautiful Lies follows Harry Ackerson, who has always thought his step-mother was beautiful, charming, and attentive. However, his father suddenly dies and Harry has to come back home. Here he tries to collect himself alongside Alice (stepmother), as well as Grace McGowan, a mysterious young woman. Grace claims to be new to the area, yet Harry believes that she knows his family quite well. Slowly, both women begin to entice Harry, as well as isolating him. Suddenly, Harry starts to feel that neither woman is telling the truth, and that they may be dangerous.

  • Author: Jenny Blackhurst
  • Length: 358 Pages
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller

Karen is a psychiatrist, and she has just met her new patient, Jessica. Jessica starts off their first session by saying that Karen can’t fix her. But Karen believes she can, and so they begin work. However, the more into their sessions they get, the more aggressive Jessica becomes, and the more that Karen realizes that Jessica knows her better than she should. As Jessica starts to release information that can only be about Karen and her closest friends, Karen starts to wonder if her and her friends lives are in danger.

  • Author: Lisa Jewell
  • Length: 368 Pages
  • Genre: Fiction

Nominated as a 2018 Good Reads Choice Award, Then She Was Gone is sharp, emotional, and impelling. Laurel Mack’s daughter Ellie was perfect. Fifteen, the youngest of the three Mack children, she was looking forward to summer vacation with her perfect boyfriend that starts in a few days. And then like that, she was gone. Ten years later, her marriage is long ended, and it is no surprise that she develops a crush on the new cute guy at the local cafe- Floyd. However, once they get closer, Laurel meets Floyd’s youngest daughter, Poppy, and she stops cold. Poppy is exactly like her missing daughter, and she starts to wonder, what really happened 10 years ago, and why is Poppy so much like Ellie?

  • Author: Stephen McCauley
  • Length: 336 Pages
  • Genre: Humor/Fiction

David Hedges and Julie Fiske haven’t spoken in decades, not since they divorced after a short, misguided, marriage (David now has a boyfriend). However, Julie needs help. Definitely not with marijuana, which she smokes daily, and not with her illegal Air BNB, and definitely not with getting the money to buy the house the Air BNB is hosted out of before her divorce is finalized in two months. No, she needs help with her daughter’s college. Mandy is incredibly smart, yet she keeps making incredibly dumb decisions. A hysterical prose that will keep you laughing for hours, My Ex-Life will bring up memories of your own past loves.

  • Author: Malcolm Hansen
  • Length: 336 Pages
  • Genre: Cultural Fiction

The year is 1968, and 14 year old Huey Fairchild has just started school in a prestigious New York boys school. Him and his mother just left Georgia a few years ago, where racism abounds. But our wonderful protagonist has not forgotten the racism of his past. He also can’t help but notice that the only other person of color at his school is the janitor. After his temper gets the best of him and he ends up on academic probation, Huey takes us through a journey of his mothers flight from racism and his own identity in New York.

  • Author: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 352 Pages
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller

Erin is a filmmaker who is about to make it big. Mark is an investment banker with huge dreams. They get married and go to Bora Bora for a dream honeymoon. But then, while scuba diving they find something in the water. They must make a choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. If you’ve ever wondered how long it takes to dig a proper grave, Something in the Water is the book for you.

  • Author: Karma Brown
  • Length: 304 Pages
  • Genre: Fiction

Lucy Sparks hits her head and awakens in a hospital. When she begins asking questions, she comes to a shocking realization: the love of her life and the man she recently married actually hasn’t talked to her since they broke up over four years earlier. But her memory of their life together is so real, she even remembers her wedding dress. The doctors say it is false memory, and it is her job to pick through the pieces and find out what is real. There is no one that this devastates more than her real boyfriend, Matt, who Lucy remembers as just a co-worker. How will Lucy find who she really is if she does not even know what is reality?

Those are the end of my recommendations! I hope that you will take a look at them and maybe pick one to read. They are all amazing books for different reasons.

Happy first week of Spring and the beginning of the Spring Reading Challenge!

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