Friday Faves

Have you, like me, reached a tipping point in the daily dumpster fire of news? Sigh…I know. It’s not easy, especially if you’re a voracious consumer of all things newsy. I binge the stuff. The Washington Post (three cheers!), The New York Times (love their op-ed and many of their columnists…admittedly have been somewhat disappointed in their coverage in the last couple years), The Economist, The New Yorker. There’s so much great journalism out there. And before you think I’m all highbrow (anyone who knows me would laugh at the notion), I read my Entertainment Weekly, my food and shelter mags. That’s me, aspirational as ever: un-showered on the couch wearing my comfy pants with the reallllly stretched-out waistband and eating raw cookie dough.

Point being, I groove on the news. I dig it. But after a year-plus of bearing witness to…(honestly, I don’t even have an interesting string of expletives to put here, that’s how beaten down I feel)…to the monstrous ignorant fuckery that’s afoot in the oval office and congress (oh wait, I do), I’ve found myself escaping more and more into books and shows and movies.

Which leads me to today: Friday! The one day of the week that I’m vowing to divorce myself from news and politics—basically everything (not to put too fine a point on it) that’s sucking the life from my soul. And so, I’ve decided to try something different. I’m going to keep things light (or, at least, light-ish) on Fridays and simply roll around word-wise in my favorite distractions of late. What kind of favorites? Favorite books, favorite shows, favorite movies, favorite foods…anything really. Why? Because, I need a break from the heaviness. Maybe you do too.

And so, without further ado, this week’s Friday Faves are…drum roll…Thrillers!

I’ve been binging on these babies lately because, among other reasons, we had a terrible health scare with our pup recently (our pup whom we treat like our precious child—don’t judge). But, honestly, can you blame us?

Sweater game, strong.

Anyway, in the aftermath of our little munchkin’s health scare, I needed to read something plot-driven that offered an entirely different kind of intensity than the real-life emotional upheaval husband and I were going through. If you’re keen on a good thriller/suspense read, I *highly* recommend each of these. Even if you don’t typically gravitate to the genre, I urge you to give them a try—that’s how well-written they are, how terrifically they’ll transport you. These are meaty, fun reads, the kind you can’t wait to get back to, the kind that will keep you up reading way past your bedtime. But I promise, you won’t regret the lost sleep one bit.

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

Spies. Russians. High-stakes espionage. What’s not to love? This is a smartly written page-turner. I finished it in two days’ time—not because I’m a speedy reader or anything, but because I stayed up until the wee hours devouring this book. Never have I been so happy to lose sleep. Utterly superb.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

I love a good Hitchcockian vibe—and this book does it so well. Mystery. Suspicious characters. Phobias. It’s all here and thank goodness for that. This is another one that I gobbled up, reading late into the night, which kind of added to the narrative’s overall noir feeling. I can’t recommend this book enough.

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

This is such a perfect courtroom thriller for these times we live in. No spoilers here, only kudos for this taut narrative told from various characters’ viewpoints. Normally, I’m not a fan of the different viewpoint/different chapter technique, but it really worked wonderfully in this book.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Admittedly, I wasn’t sure I’d like this book, but boy, was I wrong. The story had depth and ample tension that kept the pages turning. Again, I don’t want to give away anything here, but I will say that I completely fell into this story.

And that’s the list. If you have some faves of your own, I’d love to hear about them. Until next time, Happy Friday!