Books You Will Want to Read in 2018 and 2019

Coming in November, You Are Not Your Thoughts: the Secret Magic of Mindfulness by Frances Trussell. I am a big fan of self-help books, I feel like its good to always be learning and growing as a person. I’m always excited to get some tools in my emotional arsenal on how to look at things and process situations.

This book will help with mindfulness which usually results in a calm state of mind.

Here’s what you need to know:


We all wish to be more mindful, engaged, present – loving the life we are living, but is this possible and how? You Are Not Your Thoughts: The Secret Magic of Mindfulness makes the journey into a mindful way of being a profoundly simple one, both to understand and to access. It is a book for those who want to truly know the power of mindfulness to transform their experience of life.


I will be ready this one in the very near future and look forward to gaining some insight on helping my anxious mind.



The title sounds like a self-help book but You Were Made For This by Michelle Sacks is not a book on spirituality! Readers have called this addictive and thrilling which means Im going to be glued to this story from the minute I start until I finish.


Doting wife, devoted husband, cherished child. Merry, Sam, and Conor are the perfect family in the perfect place. Merry adores the domestic life: baking, gardening, caring for her infant son. Sam, formerly an academic, is pursuing a new career as a filmmaker. Sometimes they can hardly believe how lucky they are. What perfect new lives they’ve built.

When Merry’s childhood friend Frank visits their Swedish paradise, she immediately becomes part of the family. She bonds with Conor. And with Sam. She befriends the neighbors, and even finds herself embracing the domesticity she’s always seemed to scorn.

All their lives, Frank and Merry have been more like sisters than best friends. And that’s why Frank soon sees the things others might miss. Treacherous things, which are almost impossible to believe when looking at this perfect family. But Frank, of all people, knows that the truth is rarely what you want the world to see.


Compelling plot, don’t you think? I can almost imagine this best friend moving in on a wife’s territory and the feelings that ensue. Available now!



Sometimes you look at a cover and just know you are going to enjoy a book. The Girl They Left Behind by Roxanne Veletzos not only has a beautiful cover design but the story sounds like a winner too.

Check it out:


On a freezing night in January 1941, a little Jewish girl is found on the steps of an apartment building in Bucharest. With Romania recently allied with the Nazis, the Jewish population is in grave danger, undergoing increasingly violent persecution. The girl is placed in an orphanage and eventually adopted by a wealthy childless couple who name her Natalia. As she assimilates into her new life, she all but forgets the parents who were forced to leave her behind. They are even further from her mind when Romania falls under Soviet occupation.

Yet, as Natalia comes of age in a bleak and hopeless world, traces of her identity pierce the surface of her everyday life, leading gradually to a discovery that will change her destiny. She has a secret crush on Victor, an intense young man who as an impoverished student befriended her family long ago. Years later, when Natalia is in her early twenties and working at a warehouse packing fruit, she and Victor, now an important official in the Communist regime, cross paths again. This time they are fatefully drawn into a passionate affair despite the obstacles swirling around them and Victor’s dark secrets.

When Natalia is suddenly offered a one-time chance at freedom, Victor is determined to help her escape, even if it means losing her. Natalia must make an agonizing decision: remain in Bucharest with her beloved adoptive parents and the man she has come to love, or seize the chance to finally live life on her own terms, and to confront the painful enigma of her past.


A while ago, I read all the World War II fiction I could get my hands on and was so emotional over the stories, even if they were fiction. Books can really impact us, especially when things could have actually happened. I am still haunted by Sarah’s Key! I do look forward to this one but know I’m going to have to prepare myself for a bit of an emotional roller coaster! Due out in October.



Under My Skin by Lisa Unger will be the second novel I have read from this author, though she has a long body of work- no pun intended!

This one is called an “addictive psychological thriller” so what more do we really need to know?

Here’s the scoop:


It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognize. What happened to Poppy during those lost days? And more importantly, what happened to Jack?

The case was never solved, and Poppy has finally begun to move on. But those lost days have never stopped haunting her. Poppy starts having nightmares and blackouts–there are periods of time she can’t remember, and she’s unable to tell the difference between what is real and what she’s imagining. When she begins to sense that someone is following her, Poppy is plunged into a game of cat and mouse, determined to unravel the mystery around her husband’s death. But can she handle the truth about what really happened?


A good old fashioned murder mystery is always a good idea. Perfect reading for a lazy fall weekend. October 2018.



I absolutely loved the historical fiction masterpiece by Charles Belfoure, The Paris Architect. When I saw he had a new novel coming, I KNEW I had to get my greedy little book-loving hands on it!

Another slice of history wrapped in a riveting plot: 


Architect Douglas Layton has lost everything. The balcony of one of his beautiful music halls collapsed during a packed performance, killing dozens. Layton knows the flaw was not in his design; someone else must have caused the dreadful catastrophe. But with no proof and a hoard of furious Londoners screaming for blood, someone has to take the fall-and Layton finds himself facing a five-year prison sentence.

When he is finally freed, Layton is determined to start over. With a new name and identity, he takes a job as a set painter. But as Layton begins to discover dead bodies hidden within theatre halls across London, it soon becomes clear that something darker is chasing him. When he unearths a clue that ties the bodies to the disaster that ruined him, he knows that redemption is within his reach…unless the culprit gets to him first.


This one will be read in the near future. I am trying to read various genres to shake up my reading habits!



This book is out now so go get it! Abandoned by Allison Brennan is part of a series but I haven’t read any of the previous novels. Typically, you can just jump into a novel in the middle of a series and the author will give a bit of background info so the reader isn’t lost. This is book #5 in the Max Revere series. When I read the plot, it sounded like something I could sink my teeth into and enjoy!



Investigative reporter Max Revere has cracked many cases, but the one investigation she’s never attempted is the mystery from her own past. Her mother abandoned her when she was nine, sending her periodic postcards, but never returning to reclaim her daughter. Seven years after the postcards stop coming, Martha Revere is declared legally dead, with no sign of what may have happened to her. Until now.

With a single clue―that her mother’s car disappeared sixteen years ago in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay―Max drops everything to finally seek the truth. As Max investigates, and her mother’s story unfolds, she realizes that Martha teamed up with a con man. They traveled the world living off Martha’s trust and money they conned from others.

Though no one claims to know anything about Martha or her disappearance, Max suspects more than one person is lying. When she learns the FBI has an active investigation into the con man, Max knows she’s on the right path. But as Max digs into the dark secrets of this idyllic community, the only thing she might find is the same violent end as her mother.


A good family suspense is always riveting! Have you read any books from this series? They are rated highly and since I liked Sue Grafton’s series, I am hopeful that I will love Allison’s books too.