We’re back with some new book picks for the fall and winter seasons, but before we tell you our next reads, we thought it was only right to give you our reviews from our summer choices!
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn is a thriller mystery novel, and, as someone who has read a decent amount of thriller mystery novels, let me tell you, this was one of the best. This book has two major twists that I will not tell you about, but I will tell you I never saw them coming. The Woman in the Window follows Anna Fox, who stays inside her New York City home, drinking wine, watching old movies and watching her neighbors. When the Russells move in across the street, Anna’s spying shows her something she shouldn’t have seen and everything changes. A.J. Finn’s writing is clear and concise and will immerse you completely into the story he’s created. There were many nights where I was up way past my bedtime, just hoping to find out a little bit more of the story. The characters in this book are so vividly written I could picture them in my mind the entire time I was reading. I felt like I was somehow a part of the book, like I was a character inside the story just watching everything unfold. I could go on and on telling you to read this book, but eventually you would tire of me. So instead I will leave you with this, if you enjoy thriller mystery novels that are intriguing, perfectly paced, and full of characters you would want to meet in real life, then The Woman in the Window is the book for you.
My next book choice is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. This is probably my all-time favorite book in the whole world. My mom gave me her copy when I was growing up and I’ve read it so many times that the cover had fallen off. This 50th anniversary edition was a birthday gift from my mom and one of my most prized posessions.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty was everything I needed it to be. Like Ashley, I love a novel that keeps me guessing and wondering until the end. Big Little Lies follows three main characters and their families, Jane, Madeline, and Celeste. These moms form a bond with their little ones all going to kindergarten together, but are all dealing with their own struggles and pasts. The book gives us a front row seat into their stories and their secrets.
I love the realness and the rawness of these characters. The leading ladies are strong and charismatic; they draw you in and make you want to sit with them at Blue Blues & join in their gossip, while at the same time make you want to jump through the pages and take away all the abuse, shame, and feelings of not being good enough. By the end of the book I felt like I had three new best friends.
I loved the book so much that I instantly found the HBO tv series online and watched all eight episodes in a night. The best part of the series were the actresses, and I understand why they made the changes they made, but the book is always better. If you’ve watched the show and love it like so many do, I encourage you to read the book and you’ll fall even more in love with these complicated characters and the lives they lead.
For my next book, I decided to go back and read a book I haven’t read since middle school – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. This is the perfect book for fall to snuggle up and get cozy.
Then, because Ashley and I are currently (still) obsessed with “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” on Netflix, I decided to throw in a bonus pick and read the book by the same title by Jenny Han. I have high expectations since I’m in love with Peter Kavinsky before I even read a single page…
What are you reading this fall? Let us know if we’re missing out on something!