Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

I love the HONY Facebook and Instagram page and fell in love with photographer Brandon Stanton’s no-judgment interview style. This isn’t a book to sit down and read in one sitting, but rather a coffee-table style book to pick up and examine as time permits. Some...

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling

I heard about this book last year during the initial COVID outbreak. Rowling published the story on her website and asked children to publish various scenes. She then published the book with the winning illustrations and donated all her royalties to help medical and...

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

This is the first book in the Drowning Empire trilogy and is a fantasy book inspired by Asian cultures. Lin is heir to the throne but her father, the current emperor, wants her to prove herself to him. Her father rules with the mysterious Bone Shard Magic in which...

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

This book-in-verse companion to Halse Anderson’s 1999 bestselling 1999, “Speak.” This book details Anderson’s life, from her childhood in upstate New York to her rape at age 13 to her college years and beyond. Anderson shares how “Speak” has changed her life and the...