As most of you know, I’m a self proclaimed book nerd and avid coffee lover. And so not a Monday morning type of person. I thought what better way to start off the week than with a little book club style “coffee break”, if you will.
So, imagine, instead of sitting at your cubicle, you’re instead at home curled up in your favorite little reading nook. You’ve got your steaming cup of coffee on the table beside you, a new book, and a whole rainy day looming in front of you with nothing to do but read and listen to the thunder.
Those used to be my favorite types of days and I thought we all could use a little bit more of that in our lives. So starting today, “Macchiato Monday’s” officially begin. I’ll feature a new coffee recipe each week along with 5 of my favorite books. And don’t worry, I’ve got plenty of “favorite” books, wink wink.
The Coffee Recipe
I sure love Starbucks iced caramel macciatos so I figured this copycat recipe from Eugenie at Eugenie’s Kitchen would be a good first recipe to try out here. Or I’m sure you could just leave the ice out if you’re in the mood for something warm!
Now, onto the books!
#1) “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty
This was the first book I had ever read of her’s and it absolutely captivated me. I love the multiple point of views in this book and the page turning suspense. Liane Moriarty is clever, witty and fun. This one is a must read, for sure!
#2) “Kiss the Girls” by James Patterson
I probably read this book over 10 years ago, but it’s stuck with me as one of my all time favorite books. I love James Patterson’s easy to read style of writing and the likable main character, Alex Cross. (Don’t worry, if you enjoy this book there’s a whole series of Alex Cross books to enjoy!)
And I’m not gonna do this book justice but I’ll try to summarize it best I can. There are two killers in this book, one named Cassanova. The other calls himself The Gentleman Caller. The book starts off, I believe, with one of Cassanova’s victims escaping his lair where he also holds other woman captive. These killers live on opposite coasts but also appear to be collaborating or competing. Alex Cross must solve these cases before any other women get killed.
#3) “No Second Chance” by Harlan Coben
I’m gonna make you this promise right now. Any book you pick up by Harlan Coban is going to be good. Period. The end. He has this ability to grab you from the first sentence and before you know it, you’ve read for 8 straight hours and it’s now 3 in the morning. His books are that good, at least I think so.
“No Second Chance” is probably my favorite one of his, though. If I had to pick one for you to try out first, it’s gonna be this one. Follow the link here to read more about this book. I’m not even going to try to do it justice.
#4) “Before I Go To Sleep” by S.J. Watson
This is the only book I’ve read by this author but it’s sooo good. I believe this is his debut novel, actually. He writes about this woman who tragically loses her memory after some mysterious accident. Every morning she wakes up trying to remember who she is and what has happened to her. It was such a unique, psychological thriller, unlike any I had read before. Here’s a link to it on Amazon.
#5) “Beautiful Lies” by Lisa Unger
Here is the synopsis off of Amazon: “What if your family was a lie? What if your name was a lie? What if your whole life was just a pack of Beautiful Lies?
If Ridley Jones had slept ten minutes later or had taken the subway instead of waiting for a cab, she would still be living the lie she used to call her perfect life. Instead, she’s in the wrong place at the right time to unleash a chain of events that begins with a mysterious package on her doorstep. A package that informs her that her entire world is just an illusion. Forced to question everything she knows about herself, Ridley wanders into dark territory, where everyone is hiding something.”
You can find it here!
Now I never said my list was going to be compiled of literary masterpieces or one of a time classics! But I can guarantee if you’re looking for an easy to read book to snuggle down with and escape life for a little bit, these are going to hold you captive!
Let me know your opinion if you’ve read any of these before. And if you can think of any that you think I’d enjoy please, please drop me a comment below! Happy Monday!