Top 5 Books for a 20-Something To Read

Since taking my job back in March, I’ve traveled almost every weekend.  The perfect past time on planes and in hotels for me, is reading.  I started reading about one book a week, sometimes even more than that! I’m always looking for a new book to read that’s perfect for my age with a catchy storyline, and I wanted to share my top 5 books that I read in 2016.

5. The Program (series) by Suzanne Young

I bought The Program a few years ago at a book sale and was so captivated by the story.  I was looking for new books to read and recalled this series.  Since I bought the first one, Suzanne Young had written a sequel and then a prequel and the sequel to the prequel.  I recommend reading them in the order above, since that’s how it was written, but you could read “The Remedy”, “The Epidemic”, “The Program” and then “The Treatment”.  I will inform you, it is a YA series, but it is very sci-fi-y and reminds me a lot of series like The Hunger Games and Divergent.

4. Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

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I saw this book in PEOPLE magazine this past fall as a top book to read.  It caught my eye, because to nobody’s surprise, I love babies.  I have to say, I couldn’t put this book down.  I found it so interesting and suspenseful.  The title itself has a double meaning, as the couple struggled for a long time to have a child, now that she’s pregnant via sperm donor, she has a suspicion that the sperm donor is on the most wanted list for serial murder.

P.S. a lot of the book takes place in Pennsylvania in the West Chester area 🙂

3. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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I had seen this book on so many shelves and finally I bit the bullet and picked it up and never put it down.  The book follows three mothers in an Australian suburb on different paths of life.  Liane Moriarty used an interesting writing style, where she told the story in both the past and present of “Trivia Night” where a murder takes place. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll say, you don’t know what happens until the very end.  On February 19th, HBO is going to release the first episode of their short series based off this book.  The show will star Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley and I’m excited to see how it compares! I’ve also read The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty and am looking forward to reading some of her other books in 2017!

2. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

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As a huge-fan (obsesser) of the Bachelor, this book really peaked my interest when I found out the main love-interest was a doctor on the Bachelor-esque show, Eligible.  It’s a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  I always think it’s fun to read new versions of classic stories we {were forced to} read in High School.  A long time ago, I read the book Jane by April Lindler, which was the same premise but for Jane Eyre. Since I liked Jane, I gave this retelling a chance and I LOVED IT!

1. The Assistants by Camille Perri

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OH MY GOD. This book was so good! As a twenty-four year old, recently out of college, with amounts of college debt, I could largely relate to this book.  The protagonist faces many challenges regarding her morals and secrets kept amongst her workplace when she develops a scheme with a few co-workers to help underpaid entry-level employees, including herself. Another “can’t put it down” book, perfect for millennials.

BONUS: The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines

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Because I love them, that’s why. Their story is so honest and inspiring, not to mention an incredibly easy-read. I may have cried four separate times on the airplane, but I don’t regret it for a single moment.

Leave a comment with any book recommendations you might have for 2017!

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Bachelor and Bachelorettes Wed

Every Monday night over 5 million viewers sit down in front of their television with their glass of Pinot Grigio to watch what is one of America’s favorite and longest reality television shows. The Bachelor and the spin-off The Bachelorette has created many invested fans (both women and men). At the end of every season, viewers expect a ring and engagement and are seriously disappointed when it doesn’t happen (I’m talking to you, Juan Pablo!). Since fans see the entire relationship unfold from their first meeting to their happy engagement, some couples have chosen to televise their wedding.

Trista-Ryan-wedding_400 Trista Rehn was the runner up from Season 1 of The Bachelor and was named the first Bachelorette. She married Ryan Sutter on television on December 6, 2003. This was broadcast over a three episode series called Trista & Ryan’s Wedding. According to sources, they were paid 1 million dollars by ABC for allowing them to televise the anticipated event. The mini-series drew over 26 million viewers, making it one of the most viewed reality episodes of all time.

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Most recently, Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici tied the knot at the beginning of 2014. Sean became fan favorite during the eighth season of The Bachelorette and won the spot of The Bachelor by a landslide for season 17. Their wedding was also televised, but this time ABC put a new spin on it: their wedding would be shown LIVE. Lowe says, “The Bachelor is such a cool experience because people at home feel like they know us and they’re invested in our relationship. We have no problem sharing the actual wedding with everyone who has been with us so far.”

Because these couples from the past have chosen to publicize their wedding on television for fans, currently engaged Bachelor/Bachelorette couples are feeling the pressure to do the same. Currently all eyes are on engaged couples, Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried and Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray. They were both seen at New York Bridal Fashion Week last weekend so of course wedding buzz is following them. My main question for this blog post is: Where do they draw the line? Are they going to let ABC start filming the birth of their children? Are there going to be spinoff shows to follow them around in their life?

Although I am one of these viewers deeply invested and I completely appreciate the fact that they televise their weddings, they’re normal people too? Do they not want their privacy even a little bit?