1. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
I have had this book on my to-read list for a while. This book is just the type of fiction I love, it centers around a neurotic character (an agoraphobic mom who uses a virtual assistant in India to run even her most basic errands). Plus, it has a mystery element, so you have to figure out why and WHERE Bernadette disappeared to. The story is told through e-mails, text messages, and letters. It is an interesting approach and an utterly charming read.
2. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
This is an non-fiction book about a woman who lost her mom, became disconnected from her family, and got a divorce in a short span of time. She decided to hike the the Pacific Crest Trail, that runs from Mexico to Washington, to reboot her life. I think I love this book because it is so outside the realm of anything I would ever want to do. I admire her courage greatly. The transformation she goes through in the book, from self-destructive to empowered, is incredible to read.
3. The Call the Midwife Trilogy by Jennifer Worth
I adore the show Call the Midwife, so of course I had to read the real stories behind the series. It was interesting to learn about Midwifery in the 1950's, and Jennifer Worth is such a great story teller. The characters she meets in the East End were so entertaining. And the stories she tells about Sister Monique Jones are a riot. FYI, in my opinion, the first book is the best. Be forewarned, some of the stories are so heart breaking, they will make you cry.