This book made me feel all the feels. It is not a plot-driven book; it is not particularly exciting; but it shines regardless because Lily King has somehow captured the anxiety and fear and hope that is being a woman in her late twenties/early thirties who hasn’t quite figured out what she wants. King offers touching insight into being a writer, a woman, and a human who’s afraid of the future but hopeful it’s something better.
I picked up this book on a whim looking for more fun, lighthearted content, and Sara Fujimura came through in many ways with Every Reason We Shouldn’t. With humor and passion, her characters come off the page to spin double salchows in your living room. But while I especially enjoyed protagonist Olivia, she and love interest Jonah have a few problematic character traits I don’t enjoy seeing in YA fiction especially. Coupled with a poorly handled school shooting situation, I was grimacing more than smiling by the end of this one.
After reading Red, White & Royal Blue this past spring, I’ve been on the hunt for stories to satisfy my craving for more wholesome teen romance. With its smart, tech-savvy, sassy protagonists, Emma Lord’s debut novel, Tweet Cute, seemed promising, but, alas, its focus on social media and the resultant drama detracted from the juicy, captivating parts of relationships, and I found it hard to stay invested.
This book was different from any romance I’ve read so far this year in a really refreshing way. We get the beautiful divorcée mother hoping for a second chance at love; we get the swoon-worthy pop star à la Harry Styles; but we also get the harsh realities of love and motherhood and fame and a relationship with a significant age gap. While this isn’t the fun beach read with the guaranteed HEA, it will make you laugh, cry, and think.
I finished this in one sitting on a plane, and wow is it wonderful. Inspired by the energy of the opening night of Black Panther, Morris offers readers an important and fun new work of fiction that’s part The Hate U Give and part Ready Player One.
The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games, The Grace Year is a memorable dystopian story of the resilience of the female spirit.
A beautiful refugee story of hardship, grief, loss, and determination, The Beekeeper of Aleppo reminds us that a little humanity can go a long way.
Somewhere between Amazon and Facebook, The Circle is a social media platform that offers users around the world countless convenient and helpful services — many of which are seemingly great ideas (i.e. a way to find missing children to reduce numbers of assault, rape, and kidnapping worldwide). Like Amazon’s Alexa, the services offered by The Circle start to get just a little creepy, and soon protagonist Mae Holland finds herself in the public eye via wearable camera literally 24/7.