We’re back with another roundup of must-read books! This month, we’re planning to indulge in the kinds of books that will distract us from the last of winter’s unmerciful weather. There’s a mixture of self-discovery and deep reflection—and, as always, a few thrown in just for fun. Just think: In a month, you’ll be curled up with a page-turner on the back deck rather than cooped up on your couch! Did you read any of last month’s suggestions? Let us know what you’ve been loving lately using #GGBookClub!
1) “Dark Rooms,” Lili Anolik: This debut novel by Vanity Fair contributing editor Lili Anolik is fresh off the press this month. We can’t wait to read the gripping tale about Grace Baker’s refusal to accept her younger sister’s murder case as ‘closed.’
2) “Funny Girl,” Nick Hornby: If you believe laughter is the best medicine, this is the book for you. With wit and charm, Hornby shares a coming-of-age story from the fictional set of a popular 1960’s sitcom.
3) “Etta and Otto and Russell and James,” Emma Hooper: A novel filled with moments of love, longing, passion and more.
4) “Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter,” Nina MacLaughlin (out March 16): If we judged books by their titles alone, this one probably wouldn’t have made our must-read list. But once we read the summary about MacLaughlin’s self-discovery through an unconventional career change, we were intrigued. Perfect for the DIY junkie in us all!
5) “Fin & Lady,” Cathleen Schine: This heartwarming tale follows a pair of orphaned siblings as they end up together in New York City in the 1960’s and learn to support, love and rely on each other as only family can. It’s the perfect companion for your next weekend getaway.
6) “Now I See You,” Nicole C. Kear: In her amazing memoir, Kear shares how she coped with a diagnosis at age 19 that she would be blind within a decade. We anticipated an uplifting story of overcoming adversity, but didn’t expect to learn and laugh quite so much along the way.
7) “Still Alice,” Lisa Genova: From the moment Julianne Moore won the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama, we knew we should take notice of this story about a Harvard professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Whether or not you’ve seen the movie, we couldn’t recommend the book more.
8) “Skin Cleanse,” Adina Grigore: Touted as “The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin,” this book is a welcome addition to our bookshelf this time of year as we wage a war against winter’s elements.
Written by Jessica Padula of Bubbly Design Co.