National Read a Book Day Reading List

Happy Wednesday Savvy Readers! National Read a Book Day is coming up on Friday, and we’ve curated a great list of books for you to read today. Let’s jump right into it.

Akin by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue returns with another great masterpiece, Akin. This novel shares a story of love and loss within a family. An older man’s life turns upside down when he agrees to take in his great-nephew. While their trip in the French Riviera, they start unraveling his mother’s past secrets. Also, check out the trailer before diving into the book!

Five Wives by Joan Thomas

A group of evangelical Christian missionaries, along with their families, journey through the Ecuadorian rain forest. Five men from the group enter in a forbidden zone and were killed, abandoning their wives and children to fight for their lives. These five women experience grief, doubt, and heartache together as they try to continue their evangelical mission.

A Girl Named Anna by Lizzy Barber

This suspenseful page-turner features two sisters who only follows the rules of their mother. As soon as Anna turns eighteen, she rebels against her mother’s word and goes off to Astroland. Once Anna gets to the theme park, she realizes it’s all too familiar to her. Anna suddenly goes missing and her sister, Rosie, fifteen years later tries to find answers to her sister’s disappearance.

Home Front Girls by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan

For all you history buffs, this novel is for you! Set in World War II, Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan focus on strong female characters. They share a story of their unexpected bond through their letters of both their husbands fighting in the war. Through the darkest of times, these women’s friendship prevails.

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

Within this gorgeous book cover, lies a riveting story of action and adventure featuring a woman and her eight-year-old daughter. Right before the birth of her daughter, Pearl, Myra’s home was flooded. Pearl was the only reason Myra was distracted from the memories of her older daughter Row, who had been kidnapped right out of her home. Throughout her journey in the floods, Myra starts to wonder if Pearl and the rest of the travelers are worth endangering in order to save Row.

Cold Storage by David Koepp

This amazing debut by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park is an adventurous story about three complete strangers working together to contain a highly CONTAGIOUS and DEADLY organism. They struggle to quarantine this organism before it reaches the rest of humanity. Get ready for a wild ride!

The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup

This thriller, soon to be a Netflix Original Series, will have your knees shaking! It follows a serial killer, known as the “Chestnut Man”, who is terrorizing Copenhagen. He carves handmade dolls from matchsticks and two chestnuts, which he leaves at every crime scene. Chances are if you find one… He already found you…

The Ventriloquists by E.R. Ramzipoor

Another great read for your history buffs! Inspired by real-life events, sets a story in World War II about a group of fighters who struggle through such lengths and risks their lives to publish a newspaper mocking the Reich.

Take It Back by Kia Abdullah

One victim and four defendants. When a young girl is neglected by her alcoholic mother, accuses four boys of an unspeakable action. These boys, all from hardworking immigrant families, come together with collaborative stories.

The First Time Lauren Pailing Died by Alyson Rudd

Lauren Pailing has not only lived through one death, but many deaths. In each of her lives she has lived, a man called Peter Stanning always ends up disappearing. Lauren is determined to find him every single time. With every new life she lives, is a closer step to finding Peter.

The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter

If you haven’t read this book from your 50 Book Pledge, now is the time! Karin Slaughter continues the Will Trent series with this intense page-turner. Will’s girlfriend, Sarah, has been held hostage after a disastrous event and he is determined to get her back safe and alive. While book follows them as they attempt to stop even more chaos from happening, they find a remote compound where the enemy has planned a horrid murder.

And that brings us to the end of our National Read a Book Day list! Let us know what books your reading to celebrate, and if you’re reading any of these books on our list!

Happy Reading,


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