Maddy, a loving stay at home wife and mother, seems to have it all. She will drop anything to help her friends, lives for her daughter’s happiness, and has a husband who provides financially for anything she needs. Maddy is the true cornerstone of her family.

Today, I’m recommending Those Who Wish Me Dead by New York Times bestselling author Michael Koryta. Hailed as “a master” and “superb storyteller” by big-name authors like Stephen King, Michael Connelly, and James Patterson, Koryta has crafted a truly heart-thumping, edge of your seat adventure. I couldn’t put it down.  

Nothing new under the sun is a common sentiment when it comes to remakes or retellings of popular books and movies. And while oftentimes that feeling might ring true when we read a classic work that has been redone, Marissa Meyer’s teen series The Lunar Chronicles breaks through. 

Today, I’m recommending The Antiques by Kris D’Agostino, an irresistibly funny family drama jam-packed with deeply flawed yet loveable characters.

Today, I’m recommending the audiobook First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones. This first installment in this paranormal romantic suspense series introduces listeners to Charley Davidson, a 27-year-old woman who’s a part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. It is her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when someone dies with unfinished business on Earth, they seek out Charley in order to bring the bad guys to justice.   

Imagine that a global pandemic has wiped out most of civilization as we know it.  Who struggles the most in this world to adapt to a new way of life? Those survivors who remember what life was like before the pandemic—or those who have not experienced the beauty of civilization through art and culture? What is worth saving when the world has lost so much? These ideas are explored in the lyrical and compelling Science Fiction novel, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel.   

Today, to help keep your spirits merry and bright this season, I am recommending a trio of my personal holiday favorites.

The title I’m recommending today is A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover from Great Success, written by Tracy Kidder. The book is part biography of Paul English who is a brilliant software engineer, and it’s part business book about the wild, mad adventure that is entrepreneurship, venture capital, and start-up culture.

Sometimes, I feel like books find me, rather than the other way around.  This was the case with the book I am recommending today: Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber.   

The book I’m recommending today is a story about stories, it’s about sharing stories and about some stories that we wish we hadn’t shared. Commonwealth, the latest novel by Ann Patchett ends with these lines (don’t worry--no spoiler alert is needed), “Now she understood that at some point far out in the future there would be a night just like tonight, and she would remember this story and know that no one else in the world knew it had happened except Albie. She had needed to keep something for herself.”