Every year, when writing my resolutions, I set the goal to at least read one book each month. I know, that number is not challenging, but trust me, sometimes that’s a big task to complete. Between client work and blogging it’s complicated to get cozy with a book and a cup of coffee to tackle that reading list. When I do make the time, it’s one of my favorite things to do.
Let me tell you that my Amazon reading list keeps growing and growing, so I thought why not share with you a few books I have this year and that I truly loved. The books I enjoy the most are usually suspense novels, but I also like to include design and business to stay tuned with the latest trends. Don’t worry, no spoilers are included in this post.
It Ends With Us
This book written by Colleen Hoover is the kind of story that you just don’t see coming. It starts one way and all of the sudden..bum! It completely changes. It’s a love story about Lily and Ryle, two very complex characters that take you on a roller coaster.
To not give too much away, I’m just going to say nothing is what it seems in this book.
The Lunar Chronicles
Full disclosure, these books first caught my attention for their beautiful and intriguing covers. When I first saw them I knew I had to check them out. And they didn’t disappoint. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer are twits on the classic fairytales, mixing modern and futuristics details.
You immediately get involved in between the action, love stories and heroic events of these characters. There’s also a darker side that balances everything out. My favorite book from this series is Cress, but every single one of them is worth it.
I’ve read a couple of books by Rainbow Rowell and truly enjoyed them, so I couldn’t wait to read Landline. If you like the idea of time travels, then this is a must-read.
The main character of this story, Georgie, discovers that the phone in her old house is actually magical, as it allows her to call into the past, something she uses to save her love life. It’s a wonderful book that you can’t put down until you know how it ends.
Start Me Up
As a designer, I always look for ways to get inspired and learn from other creatives. Having books around about design, color and trends is not only a great way to do so, but they also work as coffee table books that are just beautiful to look at.
If you are into design and branding, then Start Me Up has to be on your reading list. You can find in there beautiful examples of designs for corporate identities for different brands. From stationery, websites, business cards, apparel, and packaging.
What She Left Behind
This novel by Ellen Marie Wiseman is the kind of story that makes you feel all the emotions you are capable of, I confess I shed a few tears with this one. In this book the past and the present of the two main characters, Izzy and Clara, come together.
Izzy is fighting the memories of her mother shooting her father and Clara back in 1929 is committed by her father in an Asylum, just to prevent her from running away with her love of her life, an Italian immigrant. Yes, it’s an intense story..will reveal no more, just have your tissues close to you if you read this one.
Paris In Bloom
Flowers and Paris, I can’t think of a better combination. This beautiful book by Georgianna Lane captures the essence of the most romantic city.
A book filled with breathtaking photos, from parks, to markets and bouquets, the perfect way to transport yourself to a magical place.
Color For Designers
If you are interested in learning more about color, then Color for Designers by Jim Krause needs to be on your reading list. In this book, he explores every aspect to working with color – from learning how to use the color wheel, the values, saturation, and hues, to how to create cohesive color palettes in both the digital and physical world, even the impact of the psychology of color.
This is not only for designers but for all color lovers out there.
Another intriguing book by Colleen Hoover, a very quick read because trust me, you want to know how it’s going to end from the first chapter.
This story is about Auburn and how her life changes when she meets Owen, a very complicated and kind of dark character. Everything revolves around the idea of secrets and how they can turn your life upside down.
Tell No One
Harlan Coben is one my favorite authors, he always finds a way to combine suspense with love and a few scary scenarios.
In this book, David Beck, the main character, lost his wife 8 years ago and while he struggles to move on, he finds a message on his computer, a secret phrase only he and his wife knew.
Suddenly everything he knows starts changing, he is filled with both hope and fear. This story follows his journey to find the truth behind that message.
The Husband’s Secret
This book by Liane Moriarty is about how a perfect life can be anything but that. It’s the story about Cecilia Fitzpatrick, how her beautiful like is completely shifted when she finds a letter her husband wrote to her. Nothing bad with that right? Well, this letter was meant for her to open it after his death…and he is still very much alive.
In that letter, she reads the worst, darkest secret she could imagine. The one thing that will destroy her family and change her lives forever. I’ll keep you in suspense.
How about you, what has been your favorite book from your reading list this year?