I don’t have a full 10 books on this list, because I’m currently trying to work through my TBR shelf by doing this Dare. If you follow me on Goodreads, you might already know that these were added to “to read” list.
Sidenote: if we aren’t friends on Goodreads, we should make this happen with haste. I’m finally using it the way its supposed to be used, and would love to see what y’all are reading!
- The Illegal, by Lawrence Hill: The Illegal is the gripping story of Keita Ali, a refugee—like the many in today’s headlines—compelled to leave his homeland. This is going to be my read while I’m on vacation in Orlando later this week. I’m excited, because I was so into Book of Negroes, the miniseries that was based on one of Lawrence Hill’s previous books.
- The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. I’d love to read this for obvious reasons– the movie looks like it would be an entertaining read for my younger brother. I usually try to read books before I see the movie
- Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck: The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. This has been one of my favorites since I read it in school. It’s been at least a decade since the last time I’ve read it, but I’ve seen it creep up in a few reviews this past week. I think that’s a sign that it’s time for a reread. Hopefully I’ll be able to fit it in in March.
- Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir, by Eddie Huang: Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the twenty-first century—it’s a story of food, family, and the forging of a new notion of what it means to be American. I’ve seen good and bad reviews about this book, but I’m still interested to read it. Huang himself is a pretty interesting and funny guy, so I still have hope that this will be a good read. I also love immigrant stories, because I always find quirks that remind me of people I know.
- Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine: Claudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Are there any more awards that Citizen could win? It’s poetry, which is something different for me, but I’m enthused nonetheless. I’ve heard nothing but great reviews about this book, so it has to get read in the next few weeks. Luckily, I was able to convince my book club to make this our February read. Look out for a review next month!
- Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. I’ve seen this book everywhere, and while I oftentimes ignore books with a lot of hype, this one seems like one I might pick up on my own.
- African Love Stories: An Anthology by Ama Ata Aidoo: The stories deal with challenging themes representing some of the most complex love stories ever published from Africa, ranging from labour pains to burials, teenagers to octogenarians, race-fraught and same-sex relationships…. Ama Ata Aidoo is amazing, but I haven’t read anything by her in the last 3 or 4 years. I’m hoping that an anthology she’s edited will have the same quality of stories. Honestly, I had no idea this book existed until someone on my Goodreads began reading it recently.
- Shadowshaper, by Daniel José Older: Cassandra Clare meets Caribbean legend in SHADOWSHAPER, an action-packed urban fantasy from a bold new talent. This really isn’t my usual genre, but when a book comes so highly recommended, you have to read it. Plus, I’m excited to support a fantasy book with diverse characters. Maybe I’ll find that its actually a genre I can learn to like– the lack of diversity has really kept me away from it as a whole. Older also seems like a pretty cool guy on twitter, which helps.
There’s my list, ladies and gents! Have you read any of these? Are any of these on your list? Let me know what’s on your mind in the comments! Also, last night I reached 1001 visitors! Thanks to everyone’s who has been reading thus far. If you haven’t already, feel free to introduce yourselves in the comments, or over email.