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Books like Gone Girl

It seems like every thriller that comes out now is compared to Gone Girl.

In fact, I’ve actually read a number of books simply because they were billed as “the next Gone Girl” or “the new Gone Girl.” And you know what? They weren’t.

I had such high hopes for The Girl on the Train but, sorry, I didn’t love it. I loved the idea of it and I love that Emily Blunt will be starring in the movie but the story just didn’t have that OMG moment that made me sit upright in bed when I had the flu and was reading Gone Girl. You know exactly which moment I mean.

The only book that actually did make me gasp like that was The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, which you have to read. I can see my mom and daughter nodding in agreement.

What publishers need to know is that we can still like thrillers that have nothing to do with Gone Girl. And we may even like them better because we’re not going into them with this new gold standard of expectations.

So, for your reading pleasure, here are six new thrillers that will keep you reading late into the night.

And, just to be clear, they probably won’t remind you of Gone Girl. [Read more…]

6 books to start off 2016

Books 2016

Okay, I’m devoting this first week of the new year to books. I’m determined to get back into my reading habit this year, and I know so many of you feel the same way.

Yesterday I posted my interview with Elizabeth Gilbert about Big Magic. If you have the itsy bitsy slightest desire to do something creative – write, paint, sew, whatever – but you have come up with a million reasons why you can’t do it, YOU MUST READ HER BOOK. And, lucky for you, I’m giving away a copy so go enter now and then come back here. I’ll wait.

I read a lot of books last year – mostly while traveling, which may actually be part of the appeal of travel writing for me – but I’m only going to write about the ones I recommend. Life is too short to waste on negative reviews and attention spans are too short for books that are mediocre.

So, here are half a dozen books to curl up with while El Nino keeps you housebound. I tried to cover different genres so there’s something to fit any mood. As always, please let me know what you’re reading. [Read more…]

“the paris key” book review and giveaway!

The Paris Key

If you didn’t get to take the vacation you wanted this summer, don’t worry. The Paris Key will whisk you away to the City of Light – and probably get you booking flights for next year. [Read more…]

“blueprints” by barbara delinsky book review and giveaway!


How in the world have I never read anything by Barbara Delinsky before??

Apparently, she’s written twenty one bestsellers, which makes me very happy since I finished her new novel, Blueprints, in one weekend and now want more. [Read more…]

10 must-read books

10 books

I’ve been reading a ton lately, which makes me happy since I remember what it was like to go through that awful “can’t read” period. Despite a ridiculous schedule, I’ve carved out time to read every day and it’s made me a little more sane.

I no longer feel the need to finish every book I start, so if it doesn’t grab me right away, I’m on to the next one without feeling the least bit guilty.

I know that none of you have time for books that won’t hold your attention, so if you’re looking for a great book for a weekend escape — or just an escape from everyday life — here are my recommendations. [Read more…]

4 books and a giveaway

4 books

Now that we’ve turned the clock back and it will start getting dark earlier, I can’t think of a better way to spend the evenings than reading! Here are four totally different books that will warm you up on these chilly nights. [Read more…]

“gone girl” – book vs movie

Gone Girl

Gone Girl is one of my all-time favorite books and was a truly memorable reading experience for me. I was in bed with the flu, sicker than I’ve ever been, and I vividly remember just reading along, la la la, until the first twist happened and I suddenly went on high alert, all my senses feeling more alive than they had in days. I then raced through, trying to fight off my fatigue, because I couldn’t wait to see what happened. By the time I reached the final page, I was sweating and exhausted and spiking a fever.

Of course, that was probably because of the flu — [Read more…]

“an unseemly wife” by e.b. moore, plus a book giveaway

An Unseemly Wife

Since devouring the entire Little House on the Prairie series when I was growing up, I have been fascinated by pioneers. I always admired the fact that people could just leave behind everything they knew for the iffy promise of a better life.

(Okay, we do that on a regular basis now but they traveled across the country in covered wagons to get to homes that didn’t even exist yet.)

In An Unseemly Wife by E.B. Moore, an Amish family heads West with their four children – and one on the way – tempted by the idea of free land in Idaho. [Read more…]

“early decision” by lacy crawford – plus a book giveaway

Early Decision

Reading Early Decision, Lacy Crawford’s gripping novel, took me right back to two of the most stressful periods of times in my family’s history: the college application process for each of my kids.  [Read more…]

5 more books to add to your reading list

Book Pile 2

In case you didn’t have enough to choose from in yesterday’s post — ha ha ha! — here are five more books to add to your reading list.

You’re welcome 🙂 [Read more…]