Power Picks: Books to Read in 2020

Outside of the office our Power Players can be found once a month hosting Book Club over dinner and a discussion at a new Dallas restaurant. Our team loves to read! Check out our top recommendations below. From thrillers to romance, we’ve got you covered.

 

Anna – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 

This book (and the whole trilogy) were hard for me to put down, and I rarely get that way with books. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo begins as an investigation of a 40-year disappearance of a teenage heiress, but gradually morphs into the story of a serial murderer and corporate trickery that spans multiple continents. The late heiress’s uncle hires Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist who was recently trapped in a libel conviction, to investigate his niece’s murder. Mikael enlists the help of a tattooed punk prodigy, Lisbeth Salander, and together they uncover unfathomable financial fraud and astonishing corruption. The book is more than just a thriller, as it’s packed with interesting details on the publishing business, corporate crime and the history and political order of Sweden. 

 

Catherine Where the Crawdads Sing

Just about every book lover has heard of or read Where the Crawdads Sing. It was one of my favorite books of 2019. The book follows Kya, a young girl who lives alone in a North Carolina marsh, throughout two phases of her life that slowly intertwine and connect. The ending alone will leave you questioning the entire book. Reese Witherspoon is currently turning the novel into a movie and our team can’t wait to see it – I highly recommend getting your hands on the book before the movie comes out. 

 

CarolineWoman in the Window

This book was made for lovers of the complicated. The story is about Anna Fox, a woman with agoraphobia who lives alone in a massive townhome in NYC. She spends her days trapped inside her home spying on her neighbors until she sees something she wasn’t supposed to. The novel has Rear Window vibes, with the addition of red wine, pills, and a hard to swallow backstory. As an amateur sleuth I like to think I always solve the mystery before the ending, but this one kept me guessing. Make sure you read this novel before Amy Adams graces us with her presence on the silver screen in May 2020.

 

JuliaBehind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris will have your mind and your heart racing as you flip through the pages of this psychological thriller. What looks like the perfect marriage between Jack and Grace may not be all that it seems. Jack is a successful lawyer who defends battered women and Grace is the ideal housewife who tends to her younger sister Millie who has down syndrome. As the story continues, you will begin to wonder why exactly Jack and Grace are so inseparable. You will have to pick up this book if you want to know what happens behind closed doors.

 

KortniVerity

Verity was hands down the best book I read in 2019, maybe even ever! It is very different than your traditional Colleen Hoover steamy love story. 

The book begins with Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling writer, being offered the deal of a lifetime – the opportunity to complete the remaining books in an already successful series by another author, Verity Crawford, who was injured in an accident. Once Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through Verity’s files and finish the series, she finds a chilling unfinished autobiography that distracts her from the job at hand and causes her to question Verity and her husband.

Rated 4.7/5 stars on Amazon, this romantic thriller is one you won’t be able to put down and is sure to leave you shook. 

 

Brooke – The Defining Decade 

This book is all about why your twenty-somethings are so important and how you can make the most of them. A young adult psychologist shares his sessions with his clients that we can all relate to. Impactful, relatable and oftentimes hilarious, this book is full of life lessons that are tangible takeaways for anyone in their 20s. 

 

CatieIt Ends With Us

I am a sucker for a good love story but this one in particular I could not put down. Colleen Hoover has a way of making her readers become emotionally invested in each and every character she creates. It Ends With Us tells the story of Lily Bloom, an aspiring young florist, who falls head over heels in love with Ryle Kincaid, a dashing young surgeon. Little do they know that their relationship is doomed from the start. Hoover sets up a heart-wrenching push and pull love story that might even have you cheering for the antagonist in the end. How far will you go to save a love you thought was destined?

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