Now is the time to do things that we typically don’t have time to do. For many of us, that is picking up a book! For all our AVEN neighbors, we have a great list of what we believe to be the best books to read during your free time.

The best books to read according to AVEN

books to read

Crazy Rich Asians series

Starting with the Crazy Rich Asians series! For us non-readers at AVEN luxury apartments in downtown LA, we know about this series because of the movie. Like all great films, it was a book first.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 

Little Fires Everywhere is a story about two families living in the 1990s in  Shaker Heights. They eventually are brought together through their children. This novel may sound familiar to many of you. Why? Because Hulu has turned it into a series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This book follows a rock band in the 1970s from their rise in the LA music scene to becoming one of the most legendary bands in the world and explores the reason behind their split at the height of their success.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This story follows two timelines that slowly intertwine. The first timeline describes the life and adventures of a young girl named Kya. Kya is a girl who is growing up alone in the marsh of North Carolina from 1952–1969. The second timeline follows a murder investigation of Chase Andrews. Chase is a local celebrity of Barkley Cove, a fictional coastal town of North Carolina.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates is a surrealist story set in the pre–Civil War. It’s a story about a superhuman protagonist named Hiram Walker who possesses a photographic memory.

Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson

Up next is a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable abilities.

NW by Zadie Smith 

Then we have NW by Zadie Smith. This experimental novel follows four different characters living in London. The story shifts between first and third person, stream-of-consciousness, screenplay-style dialogue, and other narrative techniques.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tart

This next novel is a coming-of-age tale told in the first person. The protagonist is 13-year-old Theodore Decker. He is surviving a terrorist bombing at an art museum where his mother is killed. 

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Set in occupied France during World War II, this novel centers on a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths eventually cross.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 

The Nightingale tells a tale of two sisters in France during World War II, and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France.

On Such A Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee

This novel explores themes of alienation, wealth, survival, and greed. The book is set in the future. America has fallen from grace. Society is strictly stratified into three classes.

Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay 

Up next on our list of best books to read is a short story collection that provides a wry, beautiful, and haunting vision of modern America.

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

Talking to Strangers is a sweeping survey tour of miscommunication, through stories from the headlines and history books.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

A daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss. It’s also a tale about the fight for survival and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green 

Finally, we have Turtles All the Way Down. This story centers on 16-year-old American Aza Holmes, a high school student with OCD and anxiety, and her search for a fugitive billionaire. 

We hope you all enjoyed this list. And remember, all these books are available on Audible as well.