After receiving a diagnoses of PTSD, many spouses and family members are at a loss and don’t know where to turn. I’ve been there, so I understand what a hard time that is for everyone, you and your spouse. I’ve put together a list of books that may be beneficial to you and helping understand the PTSD and how you can help your spouse heal. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase by clicking on the link, I receive a small amount. It helps with my domain fees.
2016 ended with 70 books read. You can see my favorites for the year here. I’ve already got a few good ones lined up for this year. I also got a subscription to the Book of the Month club for Christmas. I’m patiently waiting for my January book to show up, but so far I’m loving it.
The Girls by Emma Cline
The end of the 1960’s in Northern California. Evie, a bored teenager whose parents are divorced and pay no attention to her, gets involved with a group of people where she feels accepted. Her parents find out what she’s been doing and send her to live with her father and his girlfriend. While it’s fiction, it’s based on the Manson family. The group commits a gruesome murder and we learn how Evie is involved and everything that played out. I loved this one. It’s easy to see how she gets involved with them and how all the events led to what happened.
The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah
A man is in hospice care. To help pass the time, a nurse suggests a game to name all the body parts going from A to Z. He does, but adds a story to each part involving his ex-girlfriend. In these stories, we learn about her, what happened with them, and why he is in hospice care. This was a quick read, but I liked it. It made you really think about all the decisions and everything that led up to where he was now.
In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch
Six friends lived together their last year of college. Now, almost 20 years later, few are in touch anymore, but they all receive a letter from the estate of the one who died, asking them to all get together at the alma mater. We see the life that each currently has, all their troubles, and how they portray themselves to the world. Getting back together leads to arguments and rehashing why they don’t really talk. They learn a lot about themselves and rekindle their relationships. One of the characters had super successful blog and was kinda like Martha Stewart. That stuff always cracks me up. This was good though. There was a lot going on and while not everything got worked out and we didn’t see the aftermath, it seemed believable.
Overseas by Beatriz Williams
I have a very one sided love affair with Williams. This was her first book. I had heard it wasn’t that great, but since when do I listen to other’s opinions? Besides that fact that it was a bit slow and could have maybe lost some pages, I really liked this one. It’s a time travel one. Kate is an investment banker on Wall Street. She meets a man in a meeting one day, a man she only knows my reputation, and he starts pursuing her. They have a whirlwind romance and she finds out that he has actually traveled in time and was born in 1895. At the same time, the book is jumping back to 1916 France, where she has traveled back in time to find him. I couldn’t quite figure how this was going to go until it happened. It was a good read though.
People I Want To Punch In The Throat by Jen Mann
This has been on my to read list since I read the holiday version last year. It’s a bunch of short stories/essays about people she encounters that she can’t stand. She’s got a blog by the same name. Hilarious and written in a way that is enjoyable to read. Some people (mainly celebrities) who write similar type books aren’t always the best writers and the books are hard to read. Not this one. If you are that mom who picks their kid up from school while still wearing pajama’s while all the other moms are decked out in designer gear with the hair expertly done, you’ll appreciate this. I have yet to figure out how to expertly do my hair, so naturally I loved it.
All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
Rare Objects by Kathleen Tessera
Beneath Wandering Stars by Ashlee Cowles
All Of Us And Everything by Bridget Asher
The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig
Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
Like A River From Its Course by Kelli Stuart
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Along The Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
You can see my favorites of 2015 here. What were your favorites this year?
I read 80 books last year. There were my favorites. I’ve only read 65 so far this year. It’ll end up around 70 I’m guessing. I don’t set a goal for myself, I just read. I’ll read for a few weeks straight, then get kinda burnt out and not pick a book up for another week or two, but I still read a lot. I know that I read more than most, but I choose to read over watching TV and haven’t watched most of the TV shows people talk about. So many references I don’t get because of this.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The husband and I saw the movie when it was in theaters. I loved it. I cried. The husband rolled his eyes at me and didn’t get why I cried. The book was just at good. Even knowing what happened, I loved it. A few things were different between the book and movie version of course, but they kept it pretty close. And so you know, the book made me cry too.
The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanan
This was good, but it didn’t stand out. It follow four women who live in the same neighborhood, all who have secrets. Two of the secrets were pretty good, the other two, just your ordinary stuff. It pretty much worked out for everyone in the end too, as expected.
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
It seems like everyone was reading this, so I picked it up when I saw it at the library. Basically, four siblings are waiting on the youngest to turn 40 so they can inherit their trust funds. They are all selfish and delusional though and have been spending money for years, waiting for the day the nest, as they call it, will save them all. Big brother gets in trouble though and their mom uses the majority of the money to bail him out. This ruins all their plans. Secrets come out, people split up, and big brother disappears, not paying them back. No one was likable in this book. It wasn’t that great.
All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
I loved this one! Murder, mystery, small town gossip. A girl goes missing in town and it brings up another girl’s disappearance 10 years prior. Nic goes home to help her brother with their dad and she gets involved. The book starts in current time, then jumps to 2 weeks in the future and goes backward, day by day from there. At first, it was kinda hard for me to differentiate the days, but then stuff started happening and you put together what’s going on. A lot of reviews I read said this was like Girl On A Train, but this was way better in my opinion.
Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Morality
Not her best. I kept willing her to get to it already. A couple go to their friends house for dinner and they all end up next door at a BBQ. The book kept switching from all their point of views in the present and then back to the day of the BBQ. She really drug the whole thing out, so it leaves you questioning what exactly happened at the BBQ. I won’t say, but it wasn’t even remotely what I thought.
A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams
This wasn’t her best either and I love Williams. Early 20’s, Sophie is engaged to a man who basically wants her for her money. Her finance’s sister, in her 40’s and married, is having an affair with a much, much younger man. The younger man, Octavian, is enlisted to be the cavalier and propose to Sophie in the place of her fiancé. They fall for each other, everything gets confused, a secret comes out. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but not on par with her books about the Schuyler sisters. There was another Schuyler in this book too. I like how her characters pop up in other books, but not as main characters.
You and Me, Always by Jill Mansell
I tend to always read her books when I see them. They are fun fluff. This follows Lily and her friends Patsy and Coral. Lily’s mom died, Coral took over and raised her. She starts looking for her mom’s true love, who is not her father. They meet, all is well, she starts dating a famous actor, Patsy’s brother Dan realizes he’s been in love with Lily for years, it all sounds confusing, but it’s not. It’s hard to summarize. There’s a lot going on there. Good read though.
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
This was a modern day take on Pride and Prejudice. Jane and Elizabeth live in New York City. The other three sisters still live at home. They all have basically the same personalities. Kitty and Lydia are the same, have no depth to them, and live off their father. They are all convinced Mary is a lesbian. Their mother is determined to only make sure all her daughters are married. After their father has a heart attach, Jane and Liz go home to Cleveland to help take care of him. Liz discovers her family is in trouble, meets Darcy, and you know how it goes. The story was the same, but all the twists and turns had a modern take. I loved it!
The After Party by Anton DiSclafani
This looked better than it actually was. Cece and Joan have been friends since they were little. The story goes from the present, back to Cece talking about things from their past. Joan is the belle of Houston society in the 50’s and everyone loves her. No one can seem to get close to her though, even Cece who is her best friend. The first half of this book was great. I was sucked in. When I picked it up the next time though, it was all I could do to keep reading. Cece was borderline obsessed with Joan. She was willing to sacrifice her marriage over her friendship, which was one sided most of the time. It was ok, but not the best.
The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman
Two women, each marry a brother, and they each live on one floor of a house. They are friends, super close. When they both get pregnant at the same time, they are excited for one’s fourth and the other’s fifth children. Something happens that night they give birth though changes their relationship. We follow the women and their families through the years until the kids have grown up and see how that night changed them, their relationship, and their families. You can figure out what the secret is. I don’t know that it’s supposed to really be a secret from the reader. I liked the anticipation of not knowing when it was going to come out and seeing how it effected everyone. I liked this one.
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Have you ever read a book where you just feel like the author thinks they are really smart? Obviously smarter than you? This was one of those books. It sounded great on the back cover, but reading it was a bit much. This guy runs a bookstore on a barge where he has the knack of prescribing a book based on a vibe he gets from the person. Neat huh? Yeah, it falls to the background pretty quick. Instead, we focus on a relationship he had 20 years prior and how he has tortured himself because of it ever since. She wrote him a letter, that the idiot never read. Well, he finally reads it, then goes on a search for her, on his barge. He picks up friends along the way, discovers all this about himself, yada yada. It was ok, it was just wordy. Amazon reviews don’t seem to agree with me though.
A Sister’s Wish by Shelley Shepard Gray
I did a review here. You can enter to win this one and the following book. Amish country. A guy was abused by his parents and left home as a teenager. He got in trouble, went to jail, and after he got out, he went back to his best friend’s family. They helped him out and he got back on his feet. Few years later, he wants to start courting his friend’s sister. This was short and sweet. It was realistic, while sticking to Amish life.
An Amish Family Christmas by Shelly Shepard Gray
This was a follow up to the previous book. The brother of the previously courted girl is trying to deal with the death of his father. He meets a young widow and helps her out in a Christmas surprise for her daughter. He starts to like her and then finds out her secret. Her secret then comes back to haunt her. Literally. This was good to. Short, sweet, and a happy ending.
The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger
This is by the same author as The Devil Wears Prada. Charlie is a tennis pro and single. A play on the title there. After a mishap at Wimbledon, she fires her coach and gets a new asshole coach. He decides she needs an image overhaul, which includes making big news about another play she is casually sleeping with. She gets big, she gets better, but is her life really better? She learns a lot along the way and makes some big mistakes. I thought there was going to be one huge thing that changed her life/the course of the book, but it was more a combination of smaller things. I also thought her brother/manager was going to do something major/bad, but it was kinda good minor. I liked this one. It seemed more realistic and made me realize I know nothing about tennis.