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Looking for your next favorite book? Here are some of our top picks for a nice cuddle on the couch or that long plane ride. —

“Watch It Fall” by Erin Kelly

Ava Kirilova is at the peak of her profession as a ballet dancer. After years of pain and sacrifice with the London Russian Ballet Company, she is ready to become the principal dancer of “Swan Lake”. Although she has pushed her limits, she now faces the hardest part of all – trying to stay alive while someone is working to sabotage everything she has worked for. The suspense and surprises will keep readers turning page after page.

‘The Lighters’ by Emma Stonex

This book is based on a haunting true story about the disappearance of three lighthouse keepers from a remote tower miles off the Cornish coast – and the grieving wives who were left behind. On New Year’s Eve in 1972, a boat stops at Maiden Rock Lighthouse with relief for the keepers. However, when the men manage to open the locked front door, they mysteriously find an empty tower. A table is set for an uneaten meal. Twenty years later, a curious reporter visits the Guardians’ wives to uncover the truth behind the men’s disappearance. It’s a great read for those who enjoy atmospheric pieces.

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‘Mom: The Cookbook’ by Elisa Marshall and Benjamin Sormonte

Renowned New York bakery Maman’s new cookbook features recipes for some of its best-selling baked goods and entrees. Mom’s Cookbook includes over 100 recipes ranging from breakfasts to desserts and more.

“The Laws of Human Nature” by Robert Greene

This is another winning read from writer Robert Greene, who uses history and ancient wisdom to decipher some of today’s current issues and problems. Greene argues that because we are social animals, we depend on our relationships with others to thrive and survive, and understanding people’s motives and motivations can help us be better equipped in life. It’s full of insight and inspiration to succeed. It’s not a short read, but you can refer to each chapter for future reference depending on the hardships you hope to overcome.

“Mercy” by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

This heroic story is about 20-year-old Maren Magnusdatter, who lives in a remote fishing village in Norway in 1617. That year, 40 fishermen horribly drowned in the middle of an unexpected storm, wiping out every man in town, except a few. The women of Vardø are on their own. “The Mercies” offers a brave look at the gender norms and equality of ancient times. It is inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the witch trials that followed. It’s a story you’ll keep thinking about long after you finish the book.

“A Greener Life” by Jack Wallington

Thinking about creating a sustainable garden or connecting more with nature? You’ll want to achieve “A Greener Life.” The book, packed with images and pragmatic advice, will be your guide to garden planning, organic composting, growing vegetables, sustainable planting and more. Discover propagation techniques and traditional techniques to make your garden self-sufficient. Discover the plants that attract hoverflies, bees and butterflies. This is an excellent book for beginners.

“A Flicker in the Dark” by Stacy Willingham

Chloe Davis was just 12 when her father confessed to murdering six teenage girls in his small southern town. Now, 20 years later, Chloe is a psychologist in Baton Rouge preparing for her wedding. Just when she believed her past was behind her, two local teenage girls disappear and the terrifying feeling returns. Her father is behind bars for life. How could the past be replayed? Chloe starts to break down – is she paranoid or is it something else? First author Stacy Willingham knows how to keep readers hooked for more.

“Weaving Big on a Little Loom” by Fiona Daly

This book teaches interested readers and beginners everything they need to know to get started with small frame loom weaving, an easy and inexpensive craft that can be done at home. Basic and more advanced techniques are covered in detail along with an introduction to creating patterns such as basket and bird’s eye weaves, ribs, twills and herringbone. Offering clear instructions and explanatory photographs as well as tutorials, projects include placemats, wall hangings and more. The emphasis is on natural and environmentally friendly materials.

“The Plant-Based Diet Revolution: 28 Days to Better Health” by Dr. Alan Desmond and Bob Andrew

This is no ordinary nutrition book. Written by renowned gastroenterologist Dr. Alan Desmond and celebrity chef Bob Andrew, the book provides groundbreaking new findings on optimal gut health that show that maintaining a plant-based, whole-food lifestyle can significantly improve your overall health for years to come. Based on the latest scientific research and an easy 28-day, plant-based Diet Revolution meal plan that anyone can follow, you can start your journey to good health no matter where you start.

“The Love of My Life” by Rosie Walsh

Part love story and part mystery, New York Times bestselling author Rosie Walsh tells the story of Emma, ​​a loving wife and mother with a secret past who is about to catch up with her. Everything she holds dear is in danger unless she can prove to her husband, Leo, that she is the woman he fell in love with.

“Life Without Children” by Roddy Doyle

“Life Without Children” is a collection of 10 short stories about life, love and loss that have surfaced over the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Booker Prize-winning author of “Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha”, Roddy Doyle presents the moving vignettes beautifully, with warmth and tenderness. It’s a great reflection on how our lives have changed since 2019.

“The Maid” by Nita Prose

At the center of this mystery is Molly Gray, who struggles to read social cues and interpret the intent of her boss, coworkers, and hotel guests. Molly’s grandmother has just died, leaving her feeling more alone than ever. Things get worse when she finds a dead guest in the hotel room with detectives who consider her their prime suspect. Written with candor and wit, readers will want to flip through the book. Similar to the cult classic “Clue,” “The Maid” will have you guessing “whodunit.”

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