Right now, the best way to get away is through a good book. For a break from screens, check out some of the Bésame team's favorite books. The best part? You can find lots of these books (in ebook form) for free on Libby! Just connect your local library card (you can usually get digital versions online, without having to go to the library in person) and get access to thousands of free ebooks and audiobooks!
The Leader's Bookshelf
by Adm. James Stavridis and R. Manning Ancell
A list of 50 books about leadership and why these books are so effective at inspiring people.
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
It's my favorite book because of the moving story and romantic plot. Easily one of the best romance stories ever told.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by JK Rowling
I'm a big Harry Potter nerd and always have been. Ever since I got this book when it first came out and read it the first time, it has been my favorite in the series. I've reread it so many times but it still hasn't lost the magic for me!
by Daphne du Maurier
Picking one favorite book is difficult, but this favorite certainly fits the moody stormy weather we’ve been having in Southern California. If you like a good rainy day read, this is a gorgeous gothic mystery with suspense and romance. Take the trip to the estate of Manderley and see the specter of the late Rebecca de Winter cast her shadow on those who dare take her place.
The Power Broker
by Robert Caro
It's 1000 pages on the history of road building in NYC. Are you excited yet? Honestly, this study of Robert Moses, an extremely powerful player in the shaping of New York, is an incredible history of the city and portrait of a fascinating, flawed man.
August: Osage County
by Tracy Letts
It is an incredibly written drama and a great demonstration of family dysfunction.
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
One of those books we had to read in school that really resonated with me. It teaches many wonderful lessons about tolerance, justice, racism, prejudice, courage, among others. I even named one of my dogs 'Boo' after Boo Radley
The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
It's the most absorbing love story I've ever read, and I grew up in Chicago, where the book is set; every time I open it, the description is so note-perfect that I feel as though I've spent a long weekend back home. It's my all time favorite and I look forward to my yearly re-read!
by Bob Goff
The author uses life anecdotes, stories, and a lot of whimsy to remind readers that “love” isn’t a feeling, it’s an action.
The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly
by Luis Sepúlveda
One of my favorite books from my childhood. A charming story that stimulates imagination and ingenuity, allowing you to see the world through a different perspective. Perfect for all readers of all ages.
I’m currently reading a college textbook on mechanical engineering called “Mechanical Engineering."