Angie Thomas’ timely debut deserves a standing ovation

This is by far one of my favorites releases of 2017 — this book is so incredibly timely and relevant and necessary. In addition, Thomas made this book captivating, and Starr is one of the best protagonists I’ve read in a while. Her inner dialogue poses many questions I found myself asking as I was reading it, and I appreciated that Thomas anticipated her readers having those questions.

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Sequel to King classic reminds horror readers what we love about the genre

The Shining was one of my first exposures to Stephen King, and still remains one of my favorite books. I didn’t read Doctor Sleep for several years after its release because I was worried it wouldn’t hold a flame to The Shining, but I’m happy to report that it was very enjoyable — independent of its predecessor. 

Learn the basics of astronomy in record time

I tried to read Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything a few years ago, and I’m sorry to say I couldn’t get through it. The 500+-page tome offers information on an impressive range of topics, and while I found it interesting, I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of knowledge therein. Tyson seems to have found a happy medium, and provides his own short-history-of-nearly-everything-to-do-with-astrophysics in the form of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.