My Top 5 'Must Reads' for 2012

Hello fellow book lovers!

Here is a list of the top 5 books I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this year (in no particular order).

1. Life Is Not A Reality Show by Kyle Richards

I am a HUGE fan of the Real Housewives reality shows, and Kyle Richards happens to be one of my favourite ladies from the Real Housewives franchise.  Her down-to-earth approach to life in the glitzy and glamorous world of Beverly Hills is refreshing and surprising considering that she was born and raised in the 90210 her entire life.  I admire her ability to keep it real, to be successful without being pretentious, and maintaining a happy marriage while juggling four kids.

I someday hope that I can apply Kyle’s helpful tips to my own life when the time comes for me to juggle a career, marriage, and kids.

Start Reading Life Is Not A Reality Show Now!

2. It’s Your Money by Gail Vaz-Oxlade

So, I’ve decided that my New Year’s resolution for 2012 is to save up some money, and to pay down my debt.  How did I come to this conclusion?  Well, let’s just say I nearly fainted after reading my credit card statement last week.

Why am I excited about Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s latest book in particular?  After watching 2 episodes of Princess in a roll last week, and seeing how she completely changed these ladies’ crazy spending habits, I figured Ms. Vaz-Oxlade is the best person to turn to for advise on how to become debt-free.

Start Reading It’s Your Money Now!

3. The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books, and I think I’ve pretty much seen and read every Austen-inspired movie and novel available, so it’s no surprise that I would be excited about reading The Jane Austen Marriage Manual.

The “Elizabeth Bennet” of this book, Kate Shaw, decides to work as a freelance writer after losing her job as an acting beauty editor for a fashion magazine.  She is given an Austen-esque article to write, “Is it possible, in these modern times—and at a certain age—to marry well?”

Kate’s research for her article gets her mistaken for an aristocrat, and stuck in a love triangle with a charming financier and a brooding worker at the lavish Pemberley-esque estate called, Penwick Manor.  Which man will she choose?

Find out more about The Jane Austen Marriage Manual, on sale in April.

4. The Devil Will Come by Glenn Cooper

I like to scary myself with a good horror story every now and then, and I especially enjoy it when the story takes place in a city with a rich long history such as Rome.

The Devil Will Come is about a young archaeologist named Elisabetta Celestino who discovers a pattern of astrological symbols while working in Rome’s ancient catacombs.  She believes these symbols are from an unknown pre-Christian sect, but before she could pursue her findings any further, she is forced to abandon her discovery due to the lack of support from The Vatican on her excavation.

Ten years later, a cave-in occurs in the catacombs where Elisabeth discovered the astrological symbols, and a gruesome discovery is made.  A chamber containing human skeletons with disturbing anatomical features is revealed, and Elisabeth returns to help solve the mystery of this cave and the possible apocalyptic event this chamber might bring upon mankind.

Find out more about The Devil Will Come, on sale March 6th.

5. The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams

If you’re familiar with the gruesome murders committed by the famous Jack-the-Ripper, then you will be just as excited about reading this book as I am!

However, this isn’t a story about Jack-the-Ripper, but about a murderer nicknamed the Man of Crows living in Victorian London, who earns his nickname from stuffing his victims mouths with their own hair to resemble a bird’s beak.

Catherine Sorgeiul, a nineteen-year-old girl living in East London, becomes very intrigued by these murders and conducts her own investigation into the gruesome deaths, which lands her deep in the dangerous underworld of London, and closer to the killer…

The Pleasure of Men has been getting some really great advance praises in the UK lately, so I’m also very curious to find out if the book will live up to the its praises.

Find out more about The Pleasures of Men, on sale this summer.

Are you taking the #50BookPledge too?   Why not add one or two or all of these books to your reading list for 2012!

Happy Reading, everyone!

– Stephanie

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