The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

4/5 Fantasy, Contemporary, Magic Circus Competition A competition was created with two contestants, beginning when they were just children. Spanning decades with the game board a magical circus that only appears at night, The Night Circus explores what strains a game this long would have on the two contestants and all other individuals involved. The Night Circus … Continue reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

4/5 stars, Memoir, The Not-So-Nice of Upward Mobility Hillbilly Elegy details the childhood life of J.D Vance and his journey from a poor, violent, and unstable household to graduating from Yale as a lawyer. We get a lot of stories about the struggle of many groups to success, but one I have ever see before … Continue reading Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul

The decades worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's … Continue reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul

Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

From the founder of MuslimGirl.com, a harrowing and candid account of what it's like to be a young Muslim woman in the wake of 9/11, during the never ending war on terror, and through the Trump era of casual racism.  At nine years old, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh watched from her home in New Jersey as two … Continue reading Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Graduation Day (The Testing #3) by Joelle Charbonneau

With the United Commonwealth teetering on the brink of all-out civil-war, this is the moment to lead that gifted student and Testing survivor Cia Vale has trained for. Having discovered the brutal truth behind The Testing, she has vowed to end it once and for all. As Cia plunges through layers of deception and danger, … Continue reading Graduation Day (The Testing #3) by Joelle Charbonneau

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch--"Scout"--returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean … Continue reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Independent Study (The Testing #2) by Joelle Charbonneau

With her brutal Testing experience forgotten thanks to a government-issued memory wipe, seventeen-year-old Cia Vale is eager to begin her studies at the Commonwealth's elite University, as is Tomas, the boy she loves. Their bright futures are threatened by the past, however, when violent nightmares that feel more like memories force Cia to question reality … Continue reading Independent Study (The Testing #2) by Joelle Charbonneau

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface because Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, … Continue reading The Round House by Louise Erdrich