Memorial by Bryan Washington Rating - 4.5 out of 5 Memorial by Bryan Washington is about Benson and Mike who are a couple living in Houston, TX that have been together for 6 years. Except, they’re not sure why they’re together anymore. Mike, who is Japanese, is called back to Japan to care for his dying father just as his mother...
The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins Rating - 4 out of 5 In The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins, a retelling of Jane Eyre, Jane is an orphan with a checkered past looking for a new beginning. She finds one in Thornfield Estates, a high-class neighborhood, unlike any she has lived in before. She soon becomes entangled with Eddie Rochester, a...
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Rating - 4.88 out of 5 In The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, the Vignes twins grew up in a town where light skin is prized but did not protect them from being black. Once they ran away when they were 16 they began to see the world for what it was, one that might...
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Rating - 4.38 out of 5 In Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Noemí Taboada is an unlikely heroine. When her beloved cousin reaches out for help, Noemí braves the Mexican wilderness to find what has happened to her. Once at the estate of her cousin’s new husband, High Place, it becomes obvious that her physical maladies...
Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan Rating - 3.88 out of 5 In Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan, Lucie Churchill loves Capri but does not like George Zao. The heiress finds his ways too disarming, his knowledge too deep and his mother too Asian. As a half-caucasian, half-American Born Chinese, he reflects back a part of herself that she has...
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo Rating - 4 out of 5 In Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, Galaxy “Alex” Stern is a survivor. She survived a traumatic childhood, the hauntings of the dead, the murder of her best friend, and now is surviving her freshman year at Yale. As a part of House Leathe, the ninth house, Stern is the protector...
List: Best Books for Personal Growth 1. Best books for Emotional Growth: Dare to Lead, Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown Brené Brown has been a breakout author and speaker in the realm of vulnerability. Her 2010 TedTalk on The Power of Vulnerability has almost 50m views and that was just the start of her...
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly Rating - 4.1 out of 5 Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly is a reimagining of the evil stepsister in the Cinderella story. Isabelle with her sister Octavia (Tavi) are thrust into a life full of pain after their sister Cinderella won the prince’s hand. While they were forced to maim themselves were generally hated by the village, Isabelle...