I find nothing more relaxing than curling up with a good book before bed, and definitely over the weekend, to get me into a ‘break-from-work’ mood. It was difficult, but I have finally learned to log off my social media and ignore my work emails, and simply allow myself to get immersed into the fictitious world created for me by the author.

Here are three titles that were recommended to me that I am excited to get a start on this weekend, and I hope you enjoy them too!

Two Nights in Lisbon

In Two Nights in Lisbon by bestselling author Chris Pavone, bookstore owner Ariel Price has accompanied her new, younger husband on a business trip to Portugal for a quick romantic getaway. But after she wakes up in their hotel room one morning and he’s nowhere to be found, she realizes how little she knows about the man she married. This is a smart and suspenseful thriller that is perfect to keep you wanting more!

The Evening Hero

The Evening Hero, by author Marie Myung-Ok Lee, is about a Korean-born obstetrician facing his final years in the rural Minnesota town where he settled 50 years before. When his hospital is forced to close, and he receives a letter that endangers all he’s built, he has to reexamine his choices and the whole American dream that he believed that he had achieved. A tender and comic look at immigrant life, family, and how our past informs the future.

Take My Hand

The book is set in 1973, and Civil Townsend has landed a nursing job at a family-planning clinic in Alabama. As a part of her duties, she travels to a rural cabin to meet her first patients, 11- and 13-year-old sisters she’s supposed to inject with birth control. This is when she realises that something sinister is afoot when it comes to how the local healthcare system treats poor, Black girls. Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is a riveting, based-on-true-events story.

What are some of your favourite titles, and what books are you looking forward to reading this year?