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Twelve Books Worth Giving A Second Look

The Library in my town may be the thing I miss most in Week 4 of our quarantine. I was always a regular visitor, sometimes going three times a week to wander the aisles for my next book selection. It was as good as shopping for a new dress. For now, I am making do with ordering books on my kindle, but there is so much I miss about holding an actual book in my hands.

I am sure that you all miss many things about your pre-corona life. I would kill to do little things now that I have taken for granted in the past. Running down the street to grab some milk at the store or meeting a friend for lunch are all things that never fully appreciated. I will even admit that I do miss driving my kids to their millions of activities after school. I hope that I will emerge from this time and appreciate the freedom we all had before the quarantine.

Speaking of my local library, there is a section at our Library called “Second Look Books”. They are all books that were best sellers or popular when they were first released but are now a few years old. I have decided to bring you my own list of Second Look Books. There may be some books on here that you never had the chance to read the first time around. Now is your chance. Enjoy!

These are in no particular order, I loved them all equally!

1. Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood – Trevor Noah – 2016

Trevor Noah’s hilarious, raw, and self-deprecating memoir about growing up in South Africa during apartheid.

2. Rules of Civility – Amor Towles – 2011

The fictional story of a young woman in Depression-era NYC who finds herself socializing with the highest levels of NY society.

3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo- Taylor Jenkins Reid – 2017

Evelyn Hugo a famous actress has decided to give her last interview. The person she chooses to work with is the most unlikely pick. Evelyn Hugo is loosely based on Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner.

4. Victoria - Daisy Goodwin – 2016

The historical fiction book about Queen Victoria and her importance in shaping England’s future.

5. Commonwealth – Ann Patchett – 2016

Because every list must have an Ann Patchett novel. A kiss between two people that leads to an affair that will forever change the lives of two families.

6. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things – Bryn Greenwood – 2016

A powerful love story between two unlikely people whose relationship spans over 15 years.

7. The Hearts Invisible Furies – John Boyne -2017

An adopted boy in Dublin finds out about his real mother. The book follows his life as he finds his way in the world while trying to find out exactly who he is.

8. The Aviator’s Wife – Melanie Benjamin – 2013

A historical fiction novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. A must-read!

9. Young Jane Young – Gabrielle Zevin – 2017

A story of five women and the sex scandal that ties them all together.

10. The Alice Network – Kate Quinn – 2017

A historical fiction novel about a network of female spies during World War I.

11. The Nearness of You – Amanda Eyre Ward – 2017

A fictional story of surrogacy, motherhood, and the risks we take in our lives to fulfill our dreams.

12. The Secret History – Donna Tartt – 2004

The first novel by Donna Tartt pre-Pulitzer. Set in New England, it tells the story of a group of six friends who all major in the Classics at a small elite college in Vermont in the 1980s.

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