Winter is just around the corner and you know what that means? That’s right, it is time to make yourself a hot drink, turn up the fire, and reach for a great new book. This list has something for everyone!
BLACK CANARY BY ALEXANDRA MONIR
When Dinah Lance was a child, she heard something almost impossible: a girl singing. Due to the sinister patriarchal dictatorship in Gotham City, women have no rights. Now at seventeen, Dinah begins to learn that she has a voice too, and it’s powerful. However, with her father’s desire to keep her safe, her blossoming romance, and her need to help women and girls take a stand, she wonders if her voice is powerful enough to fight back.
MALCOLM AND ME BY ROBIN FARMER
Roberta Forest, thirteen-years-old and precocious, is black, gifted and catholic. However, when Roberta says that Thomas Jefferson is a hypocrite for keeping slaves, her nun replies with a racist slur. Roberta begins to question god and the adults in her life, but she copes by writing poetry and reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X and soon, she attempts to enter an essay contest but is refused entry. Roberta’s explosive reaction leads to a confrontation with her mother and soon Roberta learns dark family secrets she wasn’t prepared for.
HOME BODY BY RUPI KAUR
Rupi Kaur is back with another poetry book in which she embraces femininity, growth but also reflects on the past, present, and one’s self. Kaur reminds readers to love themselves and to embrace change.
THE RETURN BY NICHOLAS SPARKS
After a mortar blast outside of the hospital he worked at in Afghanistan sends him back home, Trevor Benson moves into a cabin left to him by his beloved and now deceased grandfather. There, he must tend to some bees and while falling in love isn’t what he wants, he has an instant connection with deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson who reciprocates his feelings but is still guarded. To further complicate his stay, he meets Callie, a teenaged girl who was close to his grandfather and hopes she can shed light on his death, but she only gives him a few clues. Wanting to figure out his grandfather’s death, Trevor learns what love and forgiveness really are.
THIS TIME NEXT YEAR BY SOPHIE COUSENS
Minnie Cooper is certain that her New Year’s birthday is unlucky because of Quinn Hamilton, a man she’s never met. Both Minnie and Quinn were born on the same day, but Quinn was the first baby born in 1990 and he received a cash prize for it. Thirty years later on their birthday, they meet, and Quinn sees that they are from two different worlds. However, why do they keep bumping into one another and why is it they can’t get enough of it?
MEMORIES IN THE DRIFT BY MELISSA PAYNE
After a tragedy, Claire lost what was important to her and now she lives with a fractured memory and a traumatic past. It’s thanks to her father and friends that she can survive, but when the mother who abandoned her and her ex-boyfriend come back to town, Claire is forced to face the demons in her closet. Slowly, Claire begins to learn about forgiveness so that she can finally move on from her past.
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