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There's nothing like sitting down, sipping a hot toddy (or whatever is your poison), with an astounding work of fiction.
What I've heard through the grapevine—if you're a bookworm (or not), and you're looking for something to read, then here are a few best books of this year:
#12 "The Dreamers" by Karen Thompson Walker
We've all been sleep deprived, and in this dystopian fiction, a strange illness induces sleep and heightens dreams in an isolated college town. Transforming the lives of ordinary people, in this mesmerizing novel, by the New York Times bestselling author of "The Age of Miracles." A college girl tells her friends that she's feeling strangely tired.
#11 "Finding Dorothy" by Elizabeth Letts
A richly imagined novel tells the story behind ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,’ and this novel inspired the iconic film through the eyes of L. Frank Baum's wife, Maud.
#10 "The Lost Girls of Paris" by Pam Jenoff
An emotional story of friendship and betrayal during the second world war, inspired by true events—from the international bestseller, Pam Jenoff. The 1940s with the world at war, Eleanor Trigg leads a mysterious ring of female secret agents in London.
#9 "The Collected Schizophrenias" by Esmé Weijun Wang
An autobiography focuses on the immediacy and directness of one who struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness.
#8 "The Age of Light" by Whitney Scharer
The story of a Vogue model turned renowned photographer, Lee Miller, and her search as an artist after spending life as a muse.
#7 "The Last Romantics" by Tara Conklin
A renowned poet is asked about the inspiration behind her work, she tells a story of about her family and betrayal.
#6 "The Lost Night" by Andrea Bartz
In 2009, in a loft complex in Bushwick, Edie is the shining star of a group of recent college graduates. Seductive, mercurial, and beguiling, Edie has the social world in her thrall, and she and her best friends treat New York as a playground. When she commits suicide at the end of a long, drunken night, no one can quite believe it. But an overwhelming mix of grief, shock, and long-standing resentment force each friend into their own corner, and, for years, that's where they stay. Decades later, Lindsay is content with her life—when a chance reunion leads Lindsay to discover an unsettling video from that terrible, hazy night, she starts to wonder if Edie was actually murdered—and, worse perhaps if she herself was involved.
#5 "Daisy Jones & the Six" by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A whirlwind rise of a famous 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer—and the secret behind the dramatic breakup. Daisy Jones is a beautiful, broken girl growing up in L.A. with rich parents who barely know she exists.
#4 "You Know You Want This" by Kristen Roupenian
A collection of short stories that will leave everyone in awe.
#3 "The Water Cure" by Sophie Mackintosh
A haunting, riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire. Dystopian fiction follows three sisters who are isolated on an island, and are raised to fear men
#2 "An Anonymous Girl" by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Doubt, passion, and deadly obsession—a psychological thriller focuses on women ages 18-32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.
#1 "The Woman in the Window" by A.J. Finn
Spine-shiver and page-turner follow Anna Fox who spends her day drinking wine, watching old movies, and spying on her neighbors. But when she sees something she shouldn't, Anna's world begins to crumble.