Here are our top 5 recent reads:
- Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson: After reading the first 32 pages of this book, I was hooked. By hooked, I mean I finished it in one day. I called my mom to tell her about it, and it turns out that it’s been made into a movie too! I am now itching to see it. If you’re into page-turners that won’t give you nightmares, this one is for you.
- The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson: A friend suggested this book when she heard I was going to be traveling to Chicago this summer. It goes back and forth between the story the architect behind the construction of the World’s Fair and a serial killer who plagued the city at that same time. A few portions of this book bored me, specifically when talking about building, but I found myself fascinated by the circumstances of the Worlds’ Fair.
- After Anna by Alex Lake: “The real nightmare starts when her daughter is returned…” A five year old girl goes missing during carpool time at school. The story chronicles her mother’s search for her, as well as their attempt to return to normalcy once the little girl is returned. Some of the mother’s choices had me cringing, because I wanted to root for her so badly! If you’re not careful, the ending might really make you question the intentions of some people around you.
- The River at Night by Erica Ferencik: THIS IS WHY I DO NOT GO CAMPING. Seriously, this freak accident + survival quest will confirm any fear that you may have about being outdoors at night.
- A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena: This story starts right off the bat. Tom Krupp arrives home one night to find his wife Karen missing, but her purse, phone, and license are all at home. He reports her missing only to find out that she was in a terrible car accident in a shady part of town–with no memory of her travels or the accident. The story takes twists and turns as a body is found near the scene of her accident, and Karen begins to regain her memory. I had the culprit figured out pretty early, but the very last chapter managed to surprise me!
- The Quiet Game by Greg Isles: I honestly wasn’t even sure which novel in this series to include in the list. I absolutely loved each of the six books, so I’m more or less going to let this book represent the entire series. I have a very short attention span and a few of these books are on the lengthy side, but the character development, plot twists and gripping story lines will not allow you to put the books down. Southern charm, conspiracies, romance, U.S. history and race relations; these books have it all and are an absolute must-read.
- The Cutting: A McCabe and Savage Thriller by James Hayman: I have only read this book and began one other from this series, but I can say with confidence that these truly are thrillers. It’s no secret that I never go running…ever, and this book has given me even greater reason to never go running. Nobody ever got kidnapped by a surgical psychopath while squatting or deadlifting. Enough said.
- Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide For Athletes and Coaches by Greg Everett: This may be one of the most comprehensive manuals related to Olympic Weightlifting. If you are just beginning and wanting to learn the movements and positions or if you have been lifting for years and want to learn how to improve technique and add in necessary accessory work, then this is perfect for you. From in-depth movement breakdowns, warmups, and mobility to nutrition this book has it all. To top it all off, perhaps my favorite perk of this book is that it has 8-10 week (free) programming templates included. They are catered towards beginners all the way too advanced lifters.
- Special Strength Development For All Sports by Louie Simmons: Anyone who knows me knows that I love all things Westside Barbell Club, and that I am a firm believer in the Conjugate Method. This method can often be pretty difficult to understand how to implement (intelligently). This book by THE Louie Simmons himself breaks down how to effectively utilize the principles of Max and Dynamic effort workouts in addition to the necessary accessory work and special exercises. It is must-read for anyone looking to take their training or their athletes or clients to the next level.
- Black Cross by Greg Isles: Huge fan of anything written by Greg Isles, also huge fan of anything having to do with WW2, Military Science and Nazi Germany. Absolutely fascinating! I’m honestly not even half way through yet, and I know this will be a top 5 favorite read.
Thanks for reading! We would LOVE to hear your suggestions/what you’re currently reading.