Cohen Places Book Club: My Top Picks

September 24, 2017

If you know me, you know I love reading.  I was the little girl who would often choose to spend recess in the library, rather than on the playground.  I love being a part of a book club with some fantastic women here in Columbus, but I also like to share this hobby with the blog!  I realized it’s been a whole year since I last shared my reading recommendations with you!  We are definitely due for an update.

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Here are my top picks for our Cohen Places book club!

Read & Reviewed

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett


I have to admit.  At first, this book started pretty slowly for me.  But then….I was HOOKED.  I always love a book that spans decades and allows you to see so much evolution in the characters’ lives.  This book does that.  Two families are forever changed by an event at a baby’s baptism.  You see how this one moment changed the lives of these characters over five decades and the impact it had on their connections to each other.

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

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This is actually my first Colleen Hoover book and I really enjoyed it!  She has gotten some criticism for being a “book factory” of sorts, but this book hit close to home for her and she did the story justice.  You follow the main character’s journey as a child of abuse and how her adult life manifests as she is determined to break the cycle.  It touches on dark topics, but it was a page turner I really enjoyed.  Be sure to read the epilogue from the author at the end, as that may have been my favorite part.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

the hate u give

READ THIS BOOK, Y’ALL.  While the book is a fictional story, it is inspired by some of the very real and horrific events happening in our country today.  It can be hard to find a book that tackles the topic of racism in a well-rounded and authentic way, but Angie Thomas manages to do it in this book.  It’s real, raw, emotional and then manages to be funny at the same time.  Read it before the movie comes out!

Currently Reading

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

the nightingale

I usually don’t go for “period pieces” so I had been holding off on reading this book.  However, I kept hearing from friends and family that it was REALLY good so I decided to give it a go!  I am only about a quarter of the way in, but I really like it so far.  It reads easily and I feel an immediate connection to the characters.  I can tell it’s gearing up for some tragedy though, so I have the tissues ready!

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

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Haven’t started this one yet, but this is my Columbus book club book this month.  I have a feeling from the description (below), that this is going to be good one!

As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.

What books would you recommend?


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