10 Books to Read After a Long Day at Work
An excellent book is similar to a quick getaway. Reading will always make you feel better, regardless of how absurd your employer was, how unkind your coworkers were, or how ridiculous your customers were. It’s time to set everything aside, even the email thread that was driving you crazy, the copier that wouldn’t copy, and your never-ending to-do list. Relax for your own benefit!
1. A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham
A Flicker in the Dark centers on Chloe, a psychologist who has made a significant effort to leave her past behind her and who now believes she has attained a fragile level of happiness. Chloe’s father was imprisoned 20 years ago when she was 12 years old, after he was exposed as a serial killer after six adolescent girls vanished that summer.
When a teenage girl goes missing, she is immediately transported back to that summer, especially given the similarities between the crime and that of her father. She then must decide whether she is simply being paranoid or whether there are actually similarities to that summer.
2. The One Woman by Laura May
The primary character in Laura May’s debut LGBTQ romance novel is Julie, a graphic designer. As a graphic designer, Julie manipulates what the eye cannot see, yet no matter what lens she employs, her life and her relationship with her partner Mark remain routine. Until she meets Ann. Ann is personable, attractive, and successful. Julie is unable to dismiss the chemistry they shared when they randomly crossed paths. The spark is uncontainable when their present blended in Barcelona. When tragedy strikes, Julie will have to decide between her love for Ann and her loyalty to Mark. Will lasting love stand the test of time? Read in the book by Laura May writer.
3. Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan goes back to the town where everything went wrong in an effort to make amends with her 4-year-old daughter. However, it appears challenging to rebuild the bridges Kenna destroyed. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to keep Kenna out no matter how hard she tries to establish herself. Ledger Ward, the proprietor of a nearby bar and one of the few people still connected to Kenna’s kid, is the only person who hasn’t totally shut the door on her. However, if anyone learned how Ledger is progressively taking over Kenna’s life, both would face the risk of losing the respect of everyone who matters to them. Despite the strain around them, these two develop a connection.
4. Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
30-something Yinka’s mother frequently reminds her that she is unmarried, has wonderful friends, and a terrific profession, but what she lacks is a husband. Everyone appears to have an opinion about her romantic life, from her aunts to her coworkers.
But Yinka has always thought that she will recognize true love when she sees it. But when her cousin gets engaged, Yinka launches Operation Get Yinka A Date because she is eager to find love.
By no means should you assume that this is a straightforward rom-com; although it is about love and romance, it is also a book about self-discovery.
5. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Every single guest at the wedding, including the bride and groom, ends up with terrible food illness in an utterly unexpected turn of events (as things frequently happen in this rom-com-type scenario). By the end, only Olive, the bride’s sister, and Ethan, the best man, are still alive. Since she and her husband are both too ill to travel, the bride Ami insists Olive and Ethan have their non-refundable honeymoon. The only issue is that Olive and Ethan despise one another. They both reluctantly consent, but only if the other person is avoided. Ethan and Olive are forced to act like newlyweds after an unexpected encounter.
This Hawaii-based, rivals-to-lovers story is ideal for vacationing.
6. The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith
The Unsinkable Greta tells the story of a young independent artist who, after losing her mother suddenly, has a public breakdown that jeopardizes her career and everything she has fought so hard to achieve.
Given their tense relationship, she unwillingly agrees to accompany her father on a week-long Alaskan cruise for the trip her parents were meant to take for their 40th wedding anniversary.
When she interacts with another passenger on board who is battling his own life turmoil, she ends up finding much-needed connection with him as well, embarking on a journey of self-discovery in ways she never imagined.
7. The Angel of Rome by Jess Walter
A brilliant second collection of short stories has been released by one of our best writers. The swoon-worthy title story, in which a Nebraska co-ed studying Latin in Rome meets the Italian bombshell of his youthful fantasies, will capture the hearts of fans of Walter’s iconic Beautiful Ruins. Another darkly humorous standout features a middle-aged divorcee who makes urgent efforts to locate a place for his father, a “horny alcoholic toddler” who is inappropriate for standard assisted living. The only person who can allay a cancer patient’s fear of dying is her stoner ex, who is sought after in another episode. These tales, which are wise, touching, and kindhearted, serve as a reminder that Walter is a national treasure.
8. The Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara
Vara introduces contemporary ethical issues to science fiction in this gripping tale about capitalism, consciousness, and the connections that bind. In the not too distant future, Athena Rao is charged with killing her father, the illustrious tech tycoon King Rao. She will need to use The Harmonica, a device King placed in her brain to give access to all of his memories, to demonstrate her innocence to the Board of Corporations, who control the planet. In Athena’s defense, the narrative shifts to her father’s horrific youth in India, followed by his spectacular rise and ultimate demise. Although Vara’s dystopian world of techno-capitalism gone awry is brilliantly envisioned, the book’s heart will win you over.
9. It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
The main character is a party girl influencer Piper. After a minor accident (breaking and entering a hotel pool to throw a rager to distract herself from being dumped by her boyfriend of three weeks). Piper’s producer stepfather punishes her by sending her to the tranquil beach town of Westport. Here, Piper starts to rekindle her connection to her roots by learning more about her father’s family and life. With the assistance of gruff, brooding crab fisherman Brenden, she then sets out to revive a local tavern that had belonged to her father.
This novel was really enjoyable from beginning to end, with some head-turning romance scenes.
10. She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott
Molly Parker and Alex Blackwood are diametrically opposed to one another; Alex is flirtatious and brash while Molly is timid and reserved. However, when Alex’s girlfriend dumps her because she thinks she’s selfish, she becomes determined to disprove her and win her back. This is when Molly, who has an unrequited crush on cool girl Nora Myers, comes in. Alex takes Molly under her wing to land the girl of her dreams in an effort to prove to her ex that she is not as self-centered as she says. But are the two actually smitten with one another?
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