The Saboteur – Andrew Gross // Another WWII fiction book, but based on actual events. About a Britain sponsored mission that sent Norwegians into a Nazi-occupied plant to destroy the nuclear weapons program. I really liked the main character and the extreme detail of locations and their plans. Didn’t like it as much as One Man , but still really enjoyed it.
The Mother-in-Law – Sally Hepworth // I checked out this book from the library on a whim, since none of all the books I had on hold were even close to being checked out by me, and I’m really glad I did! This was such a good who-dun-it, and I spent the whole book trying to figure out who did it and why. I love back and forth chapters with characters, and it made it even better that it jumped from the past to the present, so you could get a good background on what the characters were thinking during the same scenarios. A really good quick little read if you’re in the mood for a mystery.
Just Mercy- Bryan Stevenson // This book has been on my list for the longest time, and I honestly can’t even do it justice with a review here. This should be required reading for absolutely everybody. My favorite quote from this book – “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” Read it.
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown // This should be more required reading. There are so many things that privilege has allowed me to ignore or to not even think about. This book explains them in detail.
American Dirt – Jeanine Cummins // This book was everything and more that everyone has been saying. It follows a migrant family on their journey to the United States after cartel violence strikes their family. The characters are wonderful, the writing is wonderful, and the story is wonderful. Definitely read.
Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison – Shaka Senghor // I saw this book mentioned when B and I were watching 13th, and wanted to learn more about this person’s life. I have never delved much into what it’s like in prison or why many people find themselves there, but this book delivered in both aspects. Definitely thought-provoking, and makes you want to do something, both about the treatment inside prisons, and the situations that cause it.
The Honey-Don’t List – Christina Lauren // I love how I always know what is going to happen in these books, yet I devour them anyway. After all of the heavy reading lately, I needed something light and airy, and this, of course, fit the bill. The way they write the feelings between their main characters just does something to me. Love.
Rodham – Curtis Sittenfeld // This is the first hangover book I’ve had since Recursion. I loved everything about this book. I guess you can call it historical fiction, but it’s a book about what would have happened had Hillary never married Bill Clinton and how her life would have turned out without him. It was amazing, insightful and just wonderful. Even if for whatever reason you’re not a Hillary person, this book will satisfy you.