Recent Reads: Highlights January-March 2020

Hello all,

And welcome to a new blog post! Because I have read some INCREDIBLE books already, I thought that I might share with you the books that I have enjoyed so far in 2020, in the hope of inspiring you to pick them up during this troubled time.

And Then There Were None and The Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie

I listened to these two on audiobook, and they were my introduction to Agatha Christie (I know, don’t mention it). I really enjoyed the atmosphere, the mystery and the eeriness of it all. Even though I was able to solve the case of And Then There were None in the first quarter of the novel, The Murder on the Orient Express took me more by surprise and I truly loved and appreciated how it all came full-circle in the end. Both of these are light reads that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time.

A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebrakers #2), by Brigid Kemmerer

This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and I am so happy it lived up to my expectations! I loved the turn the story took, and I loved the new characters introduced. I can’t wait to read the final book in the trilogy, I am eagerly awaiting it. If you’re looking for a diverse YA fantasy, this is for you.

Glass Town, by Isabel Greenberg

There are no words to express my deep love and respect for this graphic novel. I have been a Brontë fan for ten years now, ever since I read Wuthering Heights when I stayed home from school one day, sick. This graphic novel is slightly biographical, and it’s such a good rendering of Glass Town and Angria. A must read.

Recursionby Blake Crouch

A fast-paced thriller with hints of sci-fi, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. It deconstructs the idea we have of memories, and therefore of life. A must read for those looking for a quick yet gripping story.

The Burning, by Laura Bates

Hannah runs away from a past of cyberbullying and abuse, and needs to re-learn how to accept herself after her identity has been destroyed by the hatred and ignorance of others. An empowering tale of girl-power, friendship and accepting one-self.

The Poppy War, by R. F. Kuang

Inspired by the true events of the Nanjin Massacre of 1937, R. F. Kuang tells the tale of a country wrecked by war and hatred. Rin, the main protagonist, is a victim of racism and abuse, until she enters the most prestigious academy of the land. From there, she will have to fight for herself and her friends as war invades her world.

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies), by Scarlett Curtis

An amazing collection of essays on what intersectional feminism means to people. Great tool for teenagers and adults alike.

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