August 14, 2014
If you’re like us, sometimes all you want to do is crawl into bed with a good book. To relax, take a break and dive in. But finding a good book can be hard, especially with the endless lists of New York Times bestsellers, Amazon recommendations and Goodreads matches. In an effort to make reading before bed relaxing again, the mia piuma team got together and made a list of our absolute favorite books.
Check out the list below of our top 10 favorites plus quick summaries of what makes them great. And as you start reading, remember there’s nothing like a captivating tale for the ultimate beauty rest.
The Husband's Secret
By Liane Moriarty
This 2014 novel tells the story of a wife—a successful businesswoman, wife and mother—who discovers a letter her husband absolutely does not want her to read. She learns a secret that totally changes her once-perfect life, and we follow all the people who are connected to it before the secret is revealed. You’ll want to pick this up as often as possible at night before bed.
Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line
By Michael Gibney
Fast and furious is the name of the restaurant game, or so it seems according to Michael Gibney in this collection of culinary war stories. What’s great about this book is you get an inside look into the fast-paced life of a high-end New York restaurant. It just came out this year so you know it’s fresh, just like all of the mouth-watering food you hear about in the book.
We Were Liars
By E. Lockhart
This one is a New York Times Bestseller, and for good reason. Wealth, alcohol, high society and intrigue all come together in a smart plot with a twist ending. It’s the perfect summer mystery that will keep you engaged and entertained.
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
By Alexandra Fuller
Your heartstrings will get a gentle tug in this remarkable tale of a Scottish family who emigrates to Africa, then moves around the continent to try to find a home. The novel goes from exuberance to exhaustion in the midst of a civil war in the 1970s, yet is the perfect pick-up-and-read-anytime book with a touching story.
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
By Arianna Huffington
This refreshingly open book is right in line with why we say every woman needs NightStyle. In a follow up to her 2010 TED Talk on the importance of sleep, Arianna Huffington shares her personal story about balancing work life and raising a family. It’s honest, well-researched and most of all will make you feel validated in your own success.
By Diana Gabaldon
The first book in a three part series, Outlander is a fascinating story about love and time travel. It begins in the 1940s as Claire Randall is reunited with her devoted husband, and then launches back in time to the mid-1700s, where Claire is swept up by a passionate new Scottish lover. The book has been adapted into a STARZ original series and may just become your new obsession.
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
By Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
A truly inspiring read, The Art of Happiness is an east-meets-west guide on how to live well. The Dalai Lama offers an introspective look on why we feel happy or unhappy and how to become more positive. If you’re the type who feels inspired by philosophy and practical, real-world advice, this book should be at the top of your list.
One Hundred Years of Solitude
By Gabriel García Márquez
This soulful story about life in the fictional town of Macondo is just what you need to escape the day’s worries. It’s quickly becoming a literary classic and is often known as the greatest work of Gabriel García Márquez. You’ll find yourself on a fantastic journey as Márquez weaves in tales of Colombian history through stories about the Buendía family.
By Gillian Flynn
An intense thriller, Gone Girl will suck you in from the very first page. It's a book you can really unwind with because you get completely drawn into the mystery of who killed Nick Dunne’s beautiful wife. We recommend reading the book before October 3rd when the movie comes out starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike!
The Cuckoo's Calling
By Robert Galbraith
A supermodel has been found dead in a suspected suicide as she fell to her death outside her apartment. But her brother doesn’t believe it. He turns to private investigator Cormoran Strike to discover the real truth. Fun fact: this enthralling debut mystery novel was actually published under a pseudonym. It’s written by none other than the legendary J.K. Rowling.
Let us know what you think about our picks and happy reading.