My Top 10 List of Must Reads
Gaze at anyone’s bookshelf or Kindle library and you can tell a lot about a person. Do they like a good mystery? Do they prefer to escape into fantasy? Or are they more of the self-help kind. I suppose we should be a mix of all, if being well-rounded were the goal. And after taking a good hard look at my favs, I might want to pick up a few more self-help books. Some of my titles are a little troubling. In the interest of full disclosure, I was a private investigator for 11 years so all the books on “understanding the arsonist” were for research. Just saying.
In time for summer reading, I’ve compiled a list of my top favorite books that I’ve read. In no particular order, I recommend each of these books or novels for your learning and/or entertaining pleasure. (By the way, I am also an author, but would never dream of listing my own book, Three Days in Purgatory, because that’s just rude. I mean, how rude would that be for me to mention my book, Three Days in Purgatory, as one of my favs? So rude!)
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
This guy is wicked smart, but Gladwell also possesses the ability to write simply, without dumbing down the facts in a way that makes perfect sense. Blink is about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren’t as simple as they seem.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Read anything by Moriarty and you will be entertained, but this novel is my favorite. Imagine finding a letter from your husband that says do not open until after his death? Would you open it right away? (Hell yeah) Dark secrets spill out—something with the potential to destroy not only the life you’ve built together, but the lives of others as well. This novel has the best ending I have ever read!
Poking a Dead Frog by Mike Sacks – Conversations with Top Comedy Writers
I owe everything to this guy; it’s why I started my comedy blog. Sacks is a brilliant interviewer and this is a lol compilation of why and how our top comedy writers like Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, Adam McKay, and many, many others broke into the business. The first story by SNL writer, James Downey, caused tears, I laughed so hard.
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
This novel is so freaking cleverly constructed! And the ending will make you gasp. It’s the story of a kidnapping gone wrong. At the last moment, the hired kidnapper has a change of heart, and decides not to hand over the girl, but runs off and save her. Because Mia is the daughter of a judge, there’s a sizable ransom to be obtained.
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stoud Ph.D.
Did you know 1 in 25 are sociopaths? Did you know that these people aren’t killers, just individuals who lack complete empathy and will screw your life over if it suits them? Did you know it can take a year to sufficiently determine who is the sociopath because of their level of self-confidence? If you read this book you would! And you will learn how to recognize the signs sooner.
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
What list would be complete without King? And though this novel would be easily recognized if it were called, The Shining Part 2, I understand why King didn’t go that route. Dan Torrence returns as an adult with a slight drinking problem to quiet the voices in is head, but is ready to quit and face his demons. And if you love the lifestyle RV’s provide, you will think twice next time you pull into a campsite.
The Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein A Radical Raod to Self-Love & Miracles
Tired of partying every night? Ready to find more meaning and joy? Bernstein shares the story of how she transformed her life, overcoming fear, changing perceptions, and how to create a life you’re psyched to wake up for. If you are interested in A Course in Miracles, this is the book to start with.
The First Time by Joy Fielding
Beautifully written, this is the book you are looking for when you need a good cry. After sixteen years of marriage, Mattie Hart discovers that her husband is involved in yet another love affair. But a far greater crisis descends upon Mattie when she receives devastating news that will alter their lives. Spoiler alert: it’s ALS, and this novel poetically reveals what this diagnosis is really like.
Evidence of the Afterlife by Dan Long M.D. The Science of Near-Death Experiences
Come on, admit it. You’ve thought about death and what lies ahead – if anything. Well get ready for some good news when you read this. Grounded in first-hand evidence culled from over 1,600 verified NDE accounts of those who have died and returned to share their tales. Over 90% report being overwhelmed with sadness when they had to return to our world.
The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
It’s kind of like Gone Girl, but since you’ve already read or seen the movie, this is the next must read before it becomes a movie. This is a dark, haunting and somewhat depressing psychological thriller. Rachel is suffering from alcoholic amnesia…again. She thinks she witnessed a murder from her view from the train, but can she be trusted?