For Every One by Jason Reynolds

The Long Way Down was such a short but powerful read that I wanted more by Jason Reynolds. This book is a letter in the form of a long poem that encourages young people to follow their dreams and aspirations. It is honest, conversational and powerful. The poem was...

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Earlier this year, the Library of Congress named Jason Reynolds the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and I was determined to see what all the fuss was about. And I’m glad I did. When 15-year-old Will decides to seek revenge after his older...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

When I saw the preview for the movie based on this book, I grabbed it off my TBR pile and quickly read it. The story focuses on agoraphobic therapist Anna Fox, who drinks too much and spies on her neighbors. When she thinks she sees a murder in the building across...

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

The story focuses on David and Marilyn Lombardo of Chicago, a happily married couple who have four grown daughters. Family secrets, a long-lost adopted son, mental illness, pregnancy and loss are all central themes in this story of family dynamics. This book has been...

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

My first five-star read of the year. The story follows Yale Tishman, the development director for a university art museum, and Fiona, the younger sister of the first of his friends to die of AIDS. The novel follows two timelines: the 1980s AIDS crisis in Chicago and...

Long Bright River by Liz Moore

Kacey and Mickey grow up poor in a neighborhood rocked by the opioid crisis; their mother was lost to addiction when they were young. Kacey is now an addict living on the streets, while Mickey has become a police woman working in the neighborhood. When Kacey...

The Mother in Law by Sally Hepworth

A twisty domestic thriller. When Lucy meets her wealthy, elegant, and controlling mother in law Diana, she is aware that she doesn’t quite measure up. Five years later, Diana is found dead, an apparent suicide, but there is none of the poison from the bottle she is...

The World that We Knew by Alice Hoffman

In 1940 Berlin, two Jewish families come together as the Nazi grip tightens. Hanni, mother of 12-year-old Lea, goes to the daughter of a renowned rabbi and asks her to create a female golem to guard her daughter in her stead. Ava the golem and Lea head to Paris, as...

Ross Poldark, Book 1 by Winston Graham

Ross Poldark returns home to Cornwall scarred and wounded from fighting in the American revolt against England to find his father dead, his home derelict and the girl he loves engaged to his cousin. Winston Graham’s Poldark Series is the heroic saga of a man’s...
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