Reading has always been one of my favorite hobbies! It’s a way to time travel, to visit new worlds and to fall in love with incredible characters.
I’m always reading a book and lately I’ve been on a streak of really great reads!
Here’s a list of the last five books I’ve read. Each a bit different, but equally exciting.
1. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
This book felt like reading my grandmother’s life story. This takes place right before the Cuban revolution and tells the story of a family caught in the crossfire of the old and new Cuba. There’s a tragically beautiful love story from the past and a present story that emerges. I enjoyed this book immensely, especially since my family is Cuban and my grandmother lived through a revolution and immigrating to the U.S. to start a new life.
2. When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
This is the sequel to Next Year in Havana and is equally exciting, but much different. This book follows the story of the eldest Perez sister and takes place in Palm Beach. There is espionage, intrigue, history and of course a love story. Truly enjoyed this take on life in Florida for a Cuban family who is trying to acclimate to a new country, while yearning for their homeland.
3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
This is such an interesting thriller with a phenomenal ending. The main character is an artist accused of killing her husband who has not uttered a word in years and lives in an asylum. The relationship between patient and therapist is fascinating and will leave you breathless. A page turner.
4. The Water Keeper by Charles Martin
This book is an ode to Florida, but also a tragically beautiful and very relevant story about sex trafficking and the nasty underworld that is happening in plain site unbeknownst to many. The characters are deep and the Florida coastline is as much a character as any human. A beautiful story of triumph and new beginnings coming out of tragedy.
5. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
I have just started reading this book, but it has already captured my attention. The first few chapters immediately draw you in as a family is annihilated thanks to the Mexican cartel. A mother must save herself and her son, embarking on a great adventure to escape the underworld of her home country.