5 Books that Will Distract You From the World

By Lilly Behbehani


1. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn- Mystery/Thriller


This book is amazing. Emma Volkers and I reviewed it for our segment on SDTV and we both recommend it to anyone who likes thrillers and mystery books. The Woman in the Window follows an agoraphobic who watches her neighbors through the window of her home. I read this book in 3 hours and literally could not put it down. It is gripping.


2. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite- Fiction


Don’t be fooled by the title of this book. My Sister, the Serial Killer is a satirical take on the relationship between two sisters: one, a serial killer, and the other who constantly cleans up her sister’s mess, literally. Set in Lagos, this book questions how far we would go to protect our siblings.

3. A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen- Fiction


This book follows Andrei Kaplan, the main character, as he returns to his mother country of Russia, a place he no longer calls home, to care for his grandmother. This book is heartwarming and beautiful. It puts perspective on lives under an oppressive regime while also giving the reader a few laughs.


4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr- Historical Fiction


If you have not read this book yet, that needs to be changed ASAP. All the Light We Cannot See received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015 and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. The novel follows two storylines of two teenagers, a blind girl and a German boy, in France during WWII before their paths eventually cross. Disclaimer: it is quite sad but it is most certainly worth the read.


5. The Knockoff by Jo Piazza and Lucy Sykes- Fiction


This book is like The Devil Wears Prada, but more updated, in a way. Imogen Tate, the Editor-in-Chief of Glossy fashion magazine, returns to her job to see her old assistant turned Harvard Business graduate, has decided to make the magazine an app. This book was fascinating to me to see how people are handling the changes in their industries.

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