1. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. Ignore the girly/romance cover. The Secret Keeper definitely has plenty of romance, but it also offers a really interesting and intricate story of friendship, love, and survival. Morton’s story switches back and forth between modern-day and wartime London. She does an excellent job of weaving the lives of the characters together and keeping you rooting for them (even when they’re not all that likable). Really good book.
2. The Selection by Kiera Cass. My friend convinced me to read this book by describing it as ‘The Bachelor’ meets The Hunger Games—and it so is! It’s young adult fiction, so it’s definitely not the most challenging or intellectually stimulating read. The main characters are all self-absorbed teenagers, and I did find myself rolling my eyes at the protagonist fairly frequently. It is, however, extremely entertaining and fun to read. The actual writing is pretty sub par, but if you’re looking for something light and fun this book has a really interesting premise and keeps you engaged. There are also two more books in the sequel, which I’m reading now.
3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I LOVED this book. There has been a lot of hype surrounding this book, and that’s not always a great indicator of how good or bad the book will actually be. This one actually lived up to its hype. The actual writing is truly incredible—beautiful language and effortless flow. The story follows two children through WWII, one a blind girl from France and the other a young, orphaned German solider. Doerr alternates back and forth between perspectives and time periods, which makes for a really interesting story. It was difficult to read at times because of the content, and at times it left me feeling torn about which characters to love and which characters to hate. Overall, an excellent book and one that will stay with me for a long time.