In recent years, we’ve had a wave of amazing books that deal with issues like racism, bigotry, sexism, fear, and hatred. The current U.S. political climate has forced writers — and readers — to confront hard truths, and some exceptional fiction (and nonfiction) has resulted. American Dirt is no exception.
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.
Nnedi Okorafor writes captivating science fiction and fantasy. The Binti trilogy, as well as Akata Witch and Akata Warrior have astounded me, and I’m amazed at her world-building ability and her portrait and characterization of protagonists Binti and Sunny.