A River Enchanted
Enchantments run deep on Cadence: gossip is carried by the wind; plaid shawls can be as strong as armor, and the smallest cut of a knife can instill fathomless fear. The capricious spirits that rule the isle by fire, water, earth, and wind find mirth in the lives of the humans who call the land home.
Thank You for Listening
When a friend and I went to hear Taylor Jenkins Reid speak during her book tour for Carrie Soto, she raved about this book by the woman who has narrated many of her books.
When We Left Cuba
This is the second book in The Perez Family series by Chanel Cleeton. I'm happy to report that, in my opinion, this book is just as good as the first one! In fact, I think I liked it better.
Sparks Like Stars
This is one library book I'm going to have to buy and give a permanent place to on my bookshelf. This was such a heartbreakingly beautiful and ultimately redemptive story about grief and the aftermath of violence and trauma.
The Mountains Sing
If you loved The Henna Artist and have been looking for another book with the same vivid imagery, strong female characters, and history from other countries' perspective, then this book should definitely be added to your TBR.
Next Year in Havana
...this was an easy entry into a difficult topic about a horrible part of history and a wake up call about present issues plaguing the country and how much hasn't really changed.
Call Your Daughter Home
If you loved Where the Crawdads Sing and have been looking for another book with the same slow burn Southern vibes, strong female characters, and swamp justice, then Deb Spera's Call Your Daughter Home should definitely be added to your TBR.
The Forest of Vanishing Stars
I finished this book in two days. For me, that's pretty dang quick and usually means forfeiting much-needed hours of sleep and disregarding some of those pesky adult things like laundry or cleaning. This book was really good, like if The Nightingale and Where the Crawdads Sing got together and had a baby, it would be this novel.
The Book of Lost Friends
To be honest, after reading the synopsis for this one, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I loved Before We Were Yours so much that I fully trusted Wingate. Part coming of age, part adventure story, part crusade, this book doesn’t shy away from the shadowy bits of history we might want to sweep under the rug.
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Racism is driven down into the bedrock of our (western and white colonized) society, culture, and economy in a way that is so pervasive it's like we need a red pill from The Matrix to see it clearly. If only it were that easy.