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My Go To Reads this Past Month

It can sometimes feel like work to read for fun when you have mountains of reading to do for your classes, but these 4 books will definitely feel like an escape. These were my favorites from this past month and are staples on any bookshelf!

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In Five Years by Rebecca Serle 

After seeing such good reviews for In Five Years, I picked it up, and when it became predictable, Serle threw me for a loop. The go-getter, Dannie, nails an interview for her dream job and gets engaged; then she jumps five years into the future and sees herself living a completely different life. Serle does a fantastic job weaving the events covering a five year period together in a cohesive way. This book really raises the question of what should we settle for, if anything?  

 

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes 

There were so many twists throughout this book—it kept me on my toes and I couldn’t put it down. This book throws a girl named Sawyer into the world of high society after her grandmother shows up and offers her money to participate in the current debutante season. Sawyer accepts in hope of getting to know the family her mother has kept hidden from her and in hope of discovering her father’s identity. While the first few chapters are a bit hard to follow, it's still a great read and the sequel, Deadly Little Scandals, is equally as good. 

 

Live in Love: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes by Lauren Akins 

Live in Love is Lauren Akins’ memoir not only about her life married to one of my favorite country music stars, Thomas Rhett, but also about her childhood, family, mission work as a nurse, and faith. Akins penned the book with Mark Dagostino and her story covers her whole life, doing so with an open heart and honest voice. It’s a great true story about someone who’s just doing her best to make a difference and having fun with her friends and family along the way. Live in Love came out in August, and has made Akins a New York Times bestselling author. 

 

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne 

This is one of my favorite books ever and I've read it front to back pretty much every summer. High school student Kate Quinn is thrown into the spotlight when a newspaper article claims she’s the daughter of a Senator who is running for president; Kate has already lost her mom and decides to spend the summer on the campaign getting to know her dad’s family. This book is great because of the voice—Kate’s character is so unique and every other character is written so well. Political books usually aren’t my go-to's, but Thorne tells an interesting story with dynamic characters and a great plot. This is Jenn Marie Thorne’s first book and her most recent, Night Music, came out last year.  [bf_image id="q5d838-38a4m8-fjjxw8"]

If you're looking to get lost in a good read, no matter what genre is your favorite, these books will be hard to put down!  

Megan Hollasch

U Mass Amherst '22

Megan is a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a double major in Communication and English. When she's not writing, you can find Megan waitressing, golfing, and hanging out with her dog, Felix. Feel free to follow her Instagram @meganholl57!
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