For some of you, reading more this year may be at the top of your resolution list, and for good reason. Reading has been shown to increase intelligence, improve memory function, make it easier to relate to others and reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. If you are part of the 14% of Americans that included “read more” as a 2018 goal, add these five books to your list, ASAP. You won’t regret it.
For your convenience, I have included links to buy these from Amazon, but you can also pick these up from your local library.
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From the author of Gone Girl, this is a short (I mean, read it in an hour short) ghost story, that is equal parts terrifying and thought-provoking. A young, “psychic” (read: fraud) is approached by a woman to rid her new home of the spirits and ghosts that seem to be lurking, although the women may not be who she seems. The ending will have you questioning everything you read, down to the small details, trying to figure out where the evil truly lurks.
This book is a quick, summer-like read, but it also a powerful story about love and the bond between a pet and its human. Lily is a Lily dachshund whose health is starting to go and her owner, Ted, wants nothing but to save her in this often funny tale about loss and letting go. This story will take you through a range of emotions, breaking your heart and then ultimately putting it back together, so be sure to have your tissues nearby.
The Girls ranked as one of the Best Books of the Year by many publications including Vogue and Glamour. The story takes place in the 1960s, following a young girl, Evie, as she becomes intertwined with a cult that ultimately succumbs to intense violence. The novel is intimate, consuming and beautifully written, moving between the past and present life in a compelling way.
The Underground Railroad ranks as one of the favorite books I have ever read. Many others agree as it has won numerous awards including a Pulitzer Prize. This novel follows a young slave, Cora, and her fight to escape to freedom, using the Underground Railroad. This is a harrowing story, recounting the history we all share, the terror of slavery before the Civil War. The ending, more specifically, the chapter of Mable, Cora’s mother is heart–wrenching and worth the wait. This is one novel that will stay with me for a long time.
Emma Donoghue, the bestselling author of Room, now a motion–picture starring Brie Larson, brings us The Wonder, a novel about a nurse, sent to a small Irish village to observe a miracle. That miracle? An 11-year-old girl said to have survived without food for months. This story is suspenseful, psychologically thrilling and at its core, a story about love outshining evil.