Happy Thursday Savvy Readers! I don’t know about you, but the cold weather has me ready to take to my bed with a good book as soon as the weekend arrives. In anticipation of these weekend plans, I’m stacking my TBR with books you can read in one weekend! So, whether you’re a slow reader or you’re looking for a new read you’ll absolutely fly through, stay tuned because I’ve got you covered!
My Mother, a Serial Killer by Hazel Baron & Janet Fife-Yeomans
Short but incredibly shocking, Dulcie Bodsworth was the unlikeliest serial killer. She was loved everywhere she went, and the townsfolk of Wilcannia, which she called home in the late 1950s, thought of her as kind and caring. Only her daughter Hazel saw the real Dulcie. And what she saw terrified her. Written by award-winning journalist Janet Fife-Yeomans together with Hazel Baron, My Mother, A Serial Killer is both an evocative insight into the harshness of life on the fringes of Australian society in the 1950s, and a chilling story of a murderous mother and the courageous daughter who testified against her and put her in jail.
Bloom by Kenneth Oppel
Now on shelves, Bloom is the first book in bestselling author Kenneth Oppel‘s new, explosive trilogy. A thrilling tale of alien-invasion and three heroic teens, Bloom is one book middle-grade readers and adults will both enjoy. I finished this one in a day, making it the perfect read to finish in one weekend!
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
If you still haven’t picked up Tarryn Fisher‘s The Wives, what are you waiting for?! An instant bestseller, The Wives is a pulse-pounding suspense novel that will leave you breathless. Impossible to put down, Thursday’s husband, Seth, has two other wives. She’s never met them, and she doesn’t know anything about them. She agreed to this unusual arrangement because she’s so crazy about him. But one day, she finds something. Something that tells a very different—and horrifying—story about the man she married. The perfect weekend read, chances are you’ll finish this book in one sitting!
The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo
If you’re anything like me and you’ve become an instant fan of Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, chances are you don’t want to miss The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo! The perfect length to binge over the weekend, The Only Child is an eerie and absorbing novel following a criminal psychologist who has discovered shocking and possibly dangerous connections between a serial killer and her stepdaughter. Written with exquisite precision and persistent creepiness, this Korean thriller is psychological suspense at its very best!
Open Book by Jessica Simpson
Maybe it’s just me, but I find celebrity memoirs incredibly addictive, and Jessica Simpson‘s new tell-all memoir Open Book is no exception! In Open Book, Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she’s kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, this is one celebrity memoir that is as inspiring as it is entertaining, perfect for an easy weekend read!
Finding Chika by Mitch Albom
This book may be on the smaller side but it sure packs a punch! An incredibly moving memoir of love and loss, this page-turner follows Mitch and his wife Janine’s journey as they grow to love and care for Chika, a young Haitian orphan. But at age five, Chika is suddenly diagnosed with something a doctor there says, “No one in Haiti can help you with.” Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika’s boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.
The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld
From the author of The Child Finder comes The Butterfly Girl, a riveting novel that ripples with truth, exploring the depths of love and sacrifice in the face of a past that cannot be left dead and buried. A year ago, Naomi, the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children, made a promise that she would not take another case until she finds the younger sister who has been missing for years. The search takes her to Portland, Oregon, where scores of homeless children wander the streets. The sharp-eyed investigator soon discovers that young girls have been going missing for months, many later found in the dirty waters of the river. Though she does not want to get involved, Naomi is unable to resist the pull of children in need—and the fear she sees in the eyes of a twelve-year-old girl named Celia. As danger creeps closer, Naomi and Celia find echoes of themselves in one another, forcing them each to consider the question: Can you still be lost even when you’ve been found? But will they find the answer too late?
Cold Storage by David Koepp
Prepare to be entertained because Cold Storage is one book you won’t want to put down all weekend long! For fans of Dark Matter, comes an astonishing debut thriller by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park: a wild and terrifying bioterrorism adventure about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism that could destroy all of humanity. Written with a wicked sense of humour and told at a break-neck speed, Cold Storage belongs on your weekend TBR!
A Girl Named Anna by Lizzy Barber
Thrillers are pretty much destined to be binged! An incredible psychological thriller from debut author Lizzy Barber. Anna has always been taught that her mamma’s rules are the only path to follow. But, on her eighteenth birthday, she defies her mamma for the first time in her life and goes to Astroland. She’s never been allowed to visit Florida’s biggest theme park, so why, when she arrives, does everything about it seem so familiar? And is there a connection to the mysterious letter she receives that same day—a letter addressing her by a different name? Rosie has grown up in the shadow of the missing sister she barely remembers, her family fractured by years of searching without leads. Now, on the fifteenth anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, the media circus resumes as the funds dedicated to the search dry up, and Rosie vows to uncover the truth herself. But can she find the answer before it tears her family apart?
Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls
Funny, clever, and bittersweet, for film projectionist Nick, love should mirror what he sees on the big screen. And when he falls for Ellie on the eve of the 2008 presidential election, it finally does. For four blissful years, Nick loved Ellie as much as he loved his job splicing film reels together in the local cinema. Life seemed . . . picture-perfect. But now it’s 2012, Ellie has moved out and Nick’s trying to figure out where it all went wrong. With Ellie gone and his life far from the happy ending he imagined, Nick wonders if their romance could ever again be as perfect as it was the night they met. Can love really be the way it is in the movies? Perfect for your weekend read, this rom-com is totally absorbing!
Things No One Else Can Teach Us by Humble the Poet
Perfect for your weekend reset, in Things No One Else Can Teach Us, Humble the Poet shares raw, honest stories from his own life—from his rocky start becoming a rapper to nearly going broke to battling racism—to demonstrate how we can change our minds to better our lives. From a breakup to losing a loved one, our hardest moments can help us flourish, but only if we seize the opportunity. While we can’t control life, we have the power to control how we react to it. Things No One Else Can Teach Us reminds us that we have the power to transform the way we respond to everyday challenges and ultimately be our best selves.
Well, that’s all I have for you today Savvy Readers! What was the last book you read in an entire weekend, and more importantly, which one of these weekend-ready reads are you picking up first? Tell us down below or tweet us @SavvyReader!