8 Books Everyone You Know Is Reading Right Now

photo: Chriselle Lim

 

There is no better feeling than recommending a book you love to your friends and co-workers. We love sharing books in this office, in fact, I’ve already given Beth a couple of copies of books this week for her to read. We love hearing what other people think of the books we like, basically, we have our own little book club.

It’s nice to read what other people are reading, so let us know what you think of these popular books…

1. The Handmaid’s Tale 

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood available here

So this book has been around quite a while. A lot of the people I know who have read it were forced to do so in school. But I happened to fall upon this gripping novel by accident and I haven’t been able to put it down since.

What’s it about?

It has an interesting take on the future that is unlike one you have ever read before. Society has changed and for Offred, she has only one purpose; to breed. Margaret Atwood transports you into another world that not only feels absurd but terrifyingly possible. Buy it here.

2. The Couple Next Door

Next Door by Shari Lapeña available here

Now, what I love more than anything is a mystery that keeps me awake late into the night. And this is definitely a book that will.

What’s it about?

Anne and Marco are invited to a dinner party that changes their lives. They decide to leave their six-month-old baby at home alone, as it’s just next door. In their mind, nothing could go wrong. This is one of those thrillers that is uncomfortable to read but that you need to race through, the more you read the closer you get to figuring it out and fixing it. Buy it here.

4. P.S From Paris by Marc Levy

P.S From Paris available here

If you’re looking for a romance, you’ve found it. This book is the unsung hero of the moment and basically written to be made into a movie.

What’s it about?

This book is about Hollywood actress Mia, who runs away to Paris to escape her equally famous (but not very nice) husband and meets writer Paul. The writing is great, it’s funny, there are enough plot points to keep you racing through and it’s not too far-fetched. If you need to feel warm and fuzzy – get this one, it’s more than just a wet love story and it’s out next weekend! Buy it here.

5. The Power

The Power by Naomi Alderman available here

If you’ve already read The Handmaid’s Tale, read this and get ahead of the next book everyone’s talking about. I’m sure it’s not going to be long until we have a tv series to go with this book too.

What’s it about?

This dystopian society book gives the power to women, they can inflict pain at the click of a finger. Men are inferior. I raced through this book because I’m so used to the narrative of male’s in charge it was so good to subvert that and read something different. What really would happen if we were in charge? Would we do things differently? Read this, you’ll love it. Buy it here.

6. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter available here.

Although it’s been touted as the best ‘thriller’ of the year, this isn’t your usual fast paced, heart hammering thriller where you’re sure the protagonist is in real danger. This is a book about family, about loss and love and how we heal from tragedy. Honestly, I teared up at least 10 times during this book.

What’s it about?

Charlie and Sam were just children when tragedy struck at their house and changed their lives forever, this is a great book because it takes place years later, and those two sisters finally get closure on their issues and heal, even if they have to figure out what really happened and who was responsible. I loved it. Buy it here.

7. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

Hunger by Roxane Gay available here.

Roxane Gay is your go-to girl if you need a dose of empowerment. She writes about feminism with such an easy, personable voice, that you feel instantly riled up and ready to go.

What’s it about?

This new book is about her relationship with food. There’s a reason she’s one of the most admired writers of her generation. Once you read this you will feel so much better about everything because even though she shares her personal experiences, you feel like you’re getting advice from a friend. You’ll want to share this with your nearest and dearest. Buy it here.

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  • Kaylee

    Ok, am I the only one that’s actually excited to read PS from Paris? It might be a bit mushy but I’ve heard it surprisingly funny. This one has actually got my attention – I’m gonna give it a try. Also, buying the rest of this list – thanks so much! x

  • Meg

    Another great title to add to your must read list, Option B! Is excellent, and great for book clubs, too.
    https://optionb.org/book

    • Jeny

      Ooh this sounds good. Sheryl sandberg!

  • Estrella

    I recently listened to a podcast with Roxane Gay and am very interested to read her work, so glad I saw her book on this list.
    http://www.lacasabloga.com