Post holiday blues? Not this new year! I, for one, am relieved to have survived the holidays in one piece! My family owns a hair salon in Brooklyn, NY and the holiday season is chaotic at the salon! I find myself looking forward to the lull of January. The extra time, the smaller to-do lists, and the availability to cuddle up with a good book! There isn’t much that beats getting lost in the pages of a captivating novel.

I have chosen to dig in to the New York Times bestseller Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell. Click on the book title above or picture below to purchase on Amazon.

Publishers Description


Funny and heartbreaking, this New York Times bestselling debut perfectly captures the maddening confusion of adolescence and the prickly nature of family with irony and unerring honesty.

Harley Altmyer should be in college having the time of his life. He should be free from the backwards Pennsylvania coal town he calls home, with its lack of jobs and no sense of humor. Instead, he’s constantly reminded of just how messed up everything is…

Harley’s mother is in prison for killing his father, so he’s in charge of bringing up his younger sisters and working two jobs to pay the bills—and that doesn’t leave a lot of time for distractions. But lately, he’s getting more and more sidetracked by lusting after Callie Mercer, his middle-aged neighbor. As he struggles to keep it together, things begin to spin out of control. Soon Harley finds that as shattered as his family is, there are still more crushing surprises in store.

“In Harley, O’Dell has created a hero who’s heartbreakingly believable; like Holden Caulfield, he uses caustic humor to hide his pain. Readers will care very much about him and his future, if indeed he has one.”—St. Petersburg Times

I had the pleasure of getting lost in both of these and recommend them to anyone searching for their next book read.

Click on the book titles below to purchase the book on Amazon.

The Virgin of Small Plains: A Novel Where the Crawdads Sing

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