Stay Home & Read More Books! {40+ Highly Recommended Book Suggestions}

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Seeing The Positive

While this is unchartered territory for so many of us, I am happy to hear that people are wanting to read! I have had a few emails from readers requesting book suggestions for authors and titles that are completely engrossing.

I don’t know about you but when I am worried, I need things that are totally engaging and distracting. These books are ones that completely took me in and I couldn’t think about anything else, which is exactly what you might need right now too. I hope this inspires your current reading list!

Stay Home Save Lives

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While it has been a scary last few days, I am glad that many people seem to be embracing the current recommendations.

A Plan While The Kids Are Out of School (Indefinitely…)

The teachers and administration at our school are currently working on a plan and will be sending us more information by the end of the school week and I know this is the case for most everywhere. This is new for everyone and reminding myself of this has been helpful when I start to worry about all the unknown which there is a lot of right now. Screen Shot 2020-03-17 at 11.38.21 AM

My friend Kelly is one of the teachers in our school community and shared this wonderful post on Facebook this morning that I thought was a terrific reminder! Alright, on to the books!!

Diane Chamberlain Books!

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If you are looking for an author who can get you out of a reading slump, Diane Chamberlain is it! I always recommend her books when someone is looking to get back into reading or is just needing something that is super engaging to get them out of a reading funk.

Chamberlain is able to engage her readers with all different kinds of topics and characters with such ease.  I love to read Chamberlain’s books on vacation because they truly are the perfect balance of in-depth characters, real issues mixed with a little mystery and intrigue. These titles are some of my favorites of hers!

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlin

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlin

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlin

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Sometimes you need to read something that is just total brain candy. Maybe not particularly insightful but super engrossing! These titles all fit the bill! 

On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr

Family & Friendship Dramas & Sagas…

2020-03-17_0004Maybe you want to get take a deep dive into someone else’s everyday life and these family dramas/sagas are perfect for that!

Beyond The Point by Claire Gibson

Bodies of Water by T. Greenwood

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

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Beach books can sometimes get a bad reputation but when I refer to “beach books” I am talking about the ones that are engrossing and totally enjoyable while also not being total fluff! These are some of my favorite titles and authors for this genre.

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

The Islanders by Meg Mitchell Moore

The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe

Darker Reads…

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Sometimes you want something to totally distract you and these three totally swept me in! If you are looking for a darker read, these are some great suggestions…

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

Contemporary Fiction Favorites:

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Contemporary fiction is one of my very favorite genres and these titles are ones that have really stuck with me!

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza

Recipe For A Perfect Wife by Karma Brown

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

The Authencity Project by Clare Pooley

Domestic Thrillers…


While I have a complicated relationship with psychological thrillers, I love a good domestic thriller. These were all super engrossing!

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

Relatable & Enjoyable!


All of these books take on the “grass is greener” conundrum and were the perfect balance of being enjoyable and also relatable!

I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins

I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi

Trophy Life by Lea Geller

LibroFM Bookstore Link


For the sake of efficiency with sharing so many tiles, I only linked to these books once. If you are interested in shopping locally, you can use LibroFM’s bookstore link to search for any of these titles! It is a great way to support independent bookstores, especially during a time like this.

I hope this helps inspire your reading list during this time when many of us are looking content to consume besides scrolling through the sometimes stress-inducing social media posts that are taking up a lot of media space these days. If you have any other suggestions, I would love to hear in the comments below. <3

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