“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” That quote is from George R.R. Martin, author of epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, novels that were adapted into the legendary HBO series Game of Thrones. Martin’s point is that books can expand our minds, broaden our perspectives, and give us insight into how other people live without us ever having to leave the house. Get lost in someone else’s head for a change by picking up a book from this week’s list of book club picks.
These Woman’s World recommendations include everything from a sweeping sci-fi epic to a memoir by the mother of two famous NBA players. Take a break from your own life and slip into another. And if none of these strikes your fancy, check out last week’s book club picks!
Meant to Be by Emily Giffin
Bestselling author Emily Giffin is well-known for her feel-good, romantic sagas — and her latest novel follows suit. This story starts in 1967 when American ‘royal’ Joseph S. Kingsley Jr. is killed, and his legacy is passed down to Joe III. But free-spirited, charismatic Joe has trouble with this new load of expectations. Soon, his path crosses with famous model Cate Cooper, and they are drawn to each other. Is it meant to be?
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Half-Blown Rose by Leesa Cross-Smith
This irresistibly captivating novel follows Vincent as she escapes to Paris right after her husband Cillian’s betrayal. While there, she’s thrust into an exciting world of passion and art, and she catches the eye of a charming younger man named Loup. She is now estranged from Cillian, but agrees to see him again at their son’s wedding. As her affair with Loup heats up, Vincent now must decide what she truly wants out of life.
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The Messy Lives of Book People by Phaedra Patrick
Filled with heartwarming moments and a delightful cast of characters, this tale stars Liv Green, who works as a maid and loves to get lost in good books. So when she lands a job as a housekeeper for famous author Essie Starling, she’s stunned. The duo form a bond, and then when Essie passes away, her last wish is for Liv to finish her final novel. A story about friendship and following your dreams.
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Walk the Vanished Earth by Erin Swan
Space exploration, a dystopian society and a peek into the future…this mind-bending, emotional sci-fi tale has it all. Told over seven generations, the sweeping epic centers on a bison hunter named Samson in Kansas in 1873, a young girl named Bea in 1975, an engineer named Paul in 2027 and Moon, who lives alone on Mars with her two alien uncles in 2073. Each has an enthralling tale to tell of ancestry, legacy, and hope.
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Fierce Love: A Memoir of Family, Faith, and Purpose by Sonya Curry
Being the mom of NBA players, Steph and Seth Curry, and a collegiate volleyball player, Sydel Curry, has kept Sonya Curry busy for years. But in her new book, Sonya details never-before-shared tales of her life before her children became superstar athletes. Filled with inspiring stories of the peaks, valleys, and challenges of her past and how she found a deep connection to God, Sonya’s journey shines a light on the importance of family and faith. She encourages readers to hold on to hope in the hard times, and to trust that joy is worth the fight.
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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.