I have a confession to make. I don't have any good brand new books to recommend this month because I got fully sucked into the Outlander series and spent the entire month reading three of the 850+ page books. I read the first one a few years ago and, for whatever reason, didn't start the second one, but when I saw it was available from my library to download I decided to go for it. 2550 pages later.... I knew I had to take a break from the series when I started having super vivid dreams about the characters. If you haven't read the series and like historical fiction (my personal fave), definitely check it out. Clearly, I'm obsessed. The first book is only $3.99 for Kindle - what do you have to lose? If you're not willing to commit to an 8 book series, check out some other books I love and some on my to-read list.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest, by J. Ryan Stradal. I love reading about food and cooking (duh), and this book is one of my favorites. It follows one character throughout her life, as told by other people who encounter her. Really cleverly written, this is a must-read for any food lover.
Rich and Pretty, by Rumaan Alam. A detailed look at the friendship between two lifelong friends, I found this to be engaging and kind of depressing at the same time. The author really captures how you can love and be driven crazy by a friend at the same time and how friendships evolve as you grow up.
The Expatriates, by Janice Y.K. Lee. I love a good American-in-a-foreign-country story, especially one I haven't been or don't know much about. This one, set in Hong Kong, follows a few different expatriates and explores the challenges of living in a foreign place. This is a pretty quick read but not your standard happy ending story.
Once We Were Brothers, by Ronald Balson. My friend Ali recommended this to me a couple years ago, and it's still one of my favorites. After a high-profile philanthropist is accused of being a Nazi, the accuser and his lawyer dig into his past to discover the truth. Jumping back and forth between Nazi Germany and present-day Chicago, this book completely sucks you in.
And now, for a want-to-read... Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley. So many people have recommended this to me, and I'm soooo close to being off the library waitlist. Based on the summary my friends gave me - after a small plane crashes with only two survivors, people (the police? the media? the survivors? I haven't read it, I have no idea) try to figure out if it was an accident or not. That's all I know, but apparently it's awesome!