I can honestly say I have never read a book more deserving of the title “bestseller” than Where the Crawdads Sing. I was left hanging on to every word. Kya, or as she’s referred to by the townspeople, Marsh Girl, has lived on her own from a tender age. Left to fend for herself, she has gained expansive knowledge of the Marsh she calls home. After a whole life of solitude, Kya is ready for a deeper connection. Suddenly in a love triangle no one expected, one of her love interests is found dead, and she’s on trial for his murder. Beautifully written with just the right amount of detail, Where the Crawdads Sing is a must read.
If you're as interested in diving head first into the mind of a serial killer as I am, this is definitely the novel for you. The first in a series of three, The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker starts out with a man jumping in front of a bus. The circumstances only get more strange when the man confesses in a diary that he is the infamous Fourth Monkey Killer, and he's not finished yet. Detective Sam Porter is in a race against time to save the latest victim of the 4MK. This book is dark and twisted, and I was left anxiously waiting to turn every page.
The Handmaid's Tale is one of the best and scariest books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. This classic dystopian novel is set in the future where all women are considered objects under the control of men. Their number one job, for those women who can, is to have children. One of the questions I asked myself during this novel was, "What if this happened in real life?" Beautifully written, this Margaret Atwood novel is a must read for all, women and men.
Don't be fooled by the title - this book isn't as racy as it sounds. It's not about needing a Viking, in a literal sense. This poetry book is all about healing after heart break and discovering one's self worth. I Needed a Viking takes the reader into the mind of a woman searching for strength and light in herself instead of others. The "Viking" all people need to fight for them is already inside, and Alfa does an excellent job delivering this message throughout her poetry in this book.
The Sun Is Also a Star is a modern-day romance that follows the relationship of Natasha and Daniel. On Natasha’s last day in New York before her and her family get deported to Jamaica, she meets the hopelessly romantic Daniel, and her world gets turned upside down.
Besides being an inspiring romance, this book also sheds light on some controversial topics that can be related to today’s time. Overall, this was an amazing novel!
This book is set in the countryside of the English Moors. Dan lives alone in his barn where he constructs beautiful Celtic harps. Living this solitary life suits Dan perfectly, as he tends to get uncomfortable in most social situations. On the other hand, there is Ellie, the Exmoor Housewife who comes across Dan's barn during one of her walks in the woods. Ellie has everything she could ever ask for; the perfect loving husband, friends, and her poems. Yet, she can't help but feel like something is missing. Dan and Ellie form an unlikely friendship and Ellie realizes that Dan and his harps may be just the thing she has been missing. Ellie And The Harpmaker is one of my all-time favorite books, I could not put it down!
Spoon, is one of the best picture books I have ever read, hands down.
In this book, the main character is a little Spoon who is having a hard time remembering just how special he is. He feels a little lately like, “life as a spoon just isn’t cutting it.”
Sometimes we forget that what makes us different and sets us apart also makes us unique and special. This book serves as the perfect reminder for anyone of any age.
The Nickel Boys tells the story of Elwood, a black boy abandoned by his parents at a young age and raised by his grandmother. There is nothing Elwood loves more than reading, education, and Martin Luther King Jr. He by no means needs any reform. After being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Elwood is sent to the abusive Nickel Reform School for boys.
The Nickel School is based on a real-life reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. This book sheds light on an intensely dark time in US history. While this book was very sad, Colson Whitehead did an incredible job showcasing how one person's strength and courage can inspire and affect others.
Ally Smith feels like she has the perfect life.
She was raised in a small town by her caring father after her mother got sick and died when Ally was young. At least that's what her father always told her.
Turns out, Ally has been missing for more than fifteen years…
I loved this book because it emphasizes the idea that even when life seems to be crashing down around you and all hope is lost, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
The Kissing Hand has always been one of my favorite children's picture books. This book is a heartwarming story of a mother's love and the reassurance and warmth it brings. It was first published in 1993 and has been a favorite of mothers and children since. My mother read The Kissing Hand to me as a child, and I hope someday to read it to my children as well.
This sweet, funny, romantic, and at times heartbreaking coming of age book tells the story of Ruby - the daughter of two classical music geniuses.
Ruby has always assumed that she will be a musician just like her parents and siblings but after her audition to Amberly does not go quite according to plan, she is forced to brainstorm other career paths.
Enter Oscar, the brilliant musician discovered on YouTube, studying composing with Ruby's father…
I loved this book because it features an interracial relationship, and really highlights the importance of putting yourself in someone else's shoes.