Reading and Writing have been two of my favourite hobbies since I’ve been a little girl. Now that I am older, my collection and interests have developed into something much more than just a few novels I read and reread. Considering the fact that I am an absolute Indigo addict, I regularly receive various updates from my friends at Indigo letting me know of new releases, and great books to add to my list, both based on books I have read, as well as books from other categories I haven’t tried. Of course, my wishlist standard is 100 books on average, at any time. But, I’ll tell you more about the great store called Indigo some other time…

Today, I am here to tell you about my love of reading, and a few great books I have read that I highly recommend. I have chosen five books, each from a different category, in hopes of capturing a little bit of everyone’s interest. I won’t go into detail on the events of the books, but I’ll just try to give you an overall view of why I loved it and would recommend it.

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach

I picked this book up for two main reasons – I am an avid believer of raising awareness about Mental Health, and I admire writers who are able to write out and share their memories and feelings. Mark’s story touches a part of my own personal life, and in reading through the chapters, I was able to really connect and come to terms of the importance and support of this topic, on a grander level. The way that Mark presents the various situations he encounters really puts a perspective on the realities of mental health, and I think that is so important for truly everyone to understand. Mental Health is becoming less of a secret these days, but that doesn’t mean that we are actually educated on the topic. Of course, I am not saying that after reading Mark’s story you will be a genius on the topic, but you will be able to see a specific perspective on the matter, which is also incredibly important.

Other books in this category I would recommend

  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • My Secret Sister by Helen Edwards & Jenny Lee Smith
  • A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead
  • House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi


The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

After reading The Girl on the Train, when it was first released, I told myself that I must find more books like that. Of course, with the popularity of The Girl on the Train, many books within the same category were brought forward – it’s almost like The Girl on The Train became a category on its own for a while.  The Woman in Cabin 10 is definitely something that fits in that category; not a difficult read, and definitely a page turner. The story provides just enough detail for the reader to create his/her own image of the surroundings and situations, which is one of the best things about these psychological thriller type books.

Other books in this category I would recommend:

  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  • The Girl Before by JP Delaney
  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins


The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The World War Two era is one that is close to my heart, so naturally, I am drawn to books and stories from these times. The Alice Network is a split between present day and World War One/Two. Kate tells a captivating story of the hardships and realities of earlier days in Europe. I think that it is SO important for people to be aware and have knowledge of what life really looked like during the Wars in Europe. There is such an incredible amount of respect and honor that needs to be recognized the brave men and women who fought for their countries in the resistance groups and of course in the armies. I am working my way through books on stories from World War Two, from the perspectives of individuals in varying countries in Europe who were (or were not entirely) affected by the events. It is insanely incredible to read these stories and have knowledge of these events, and I think that even if you do not have the interest of becoming a teacher on this topic, it would be beneficial to have a general idea of these “reality check” stories.

Other books in this category I would recommend:

  • The Nazi Officer’s Wife by Edith Hahn Beer
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Sara’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnan
  • The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa
  • Goodnight from London by Jennifer Bobson
  • Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
  • Fires of Autumn by Irene Nemirovsky
  • The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doers


The Rome Affair by Karen Swan

In between reading books on the realities of World War Two, I like to sneak in a romantic/fun novel. My husband bought this book for me for my birthday, and let me tell you, he hit the jackpot. The way Karen tells the story is so genuine and intriguing, that I can honestly say I read this book in two days. Of course, with many of these types of novels, the endings can mostly be predicted, but honestly, it doesn’t matter. When I was reading this book, I honestly felt as though I was right there with the characters, seeing it all play out. I do not have any other books by Karen, but trust me, they are sitting in that Indigo Wishlist just waiting for the right moment.

Other books in this category I would recommend:

  • The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • The Affair by Santa Montefiore
  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  • The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whitall
  • Baby Proof by Emily Griffin
  • Hedge Fund Wives by Tatiana Boncompagni
  • Vanity Fair by Megan Caldwell
  • In this Moment by Karma Brown


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale is an absolutely beautiful story which takes place during the Second World War, and told from a woman’s perspective; dealing with the life, realities, and secrets of the woman of the war. Now, I have saved the best for last – my husband also bought this book for me for my birthday, and so he is to blame for my complete and utter love for all books written by Kristin Hannah. After I finished reading this book, I think I say there staring at the last page now knowing if I should cry because it’s over, or cry because it was the most amazing book I have read.  After having that kind of impact, I purchased another one of her books; same reaction, so I purchased another (not believing my luck), and yes, same reaction. Kristin is able to bring out all of my emotions in a single book, each and every single time. From happiness to sadness and everything possibly in between.

Other books by this author I would recommend:

  • Winter Garden
  • Firefly Lane
  • Night Road
  • Home Front
  • True Colours

I could go on for days tell you all about the great books that I have read, or the books that I want to read, but I think that I have left you with some ideas to ponder in the meantime. I hope that my post will provide you with some insights, and inspire your next book of choice!

Looking for some more motivation to get reading? Check out fellow Blogger Jennifer Gall at Something Simple for some more book recommendations and inspirations! Her post Inspiration in the form of words is now published on her blog!

Find more regular book recommendations on my instagram @claudiawiercinski

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