Man, time flies when you’re living it up, right? The weekend has passed in one quick hazy flash and suddenly we are back to setting alarms to awaken us during the actual morning hours, wearing real clothes such as pants that do not fall into the sweatpants category, and heading out on our first-of-the-week daily commute to work. Happy Monday, folks and have no fear because, although your Monday may be stressful, we are back with our three to read top picks for the week! Yay, books!
So, get ready to run to the nearest bookstore because these three books really are great! Our Hot Pick, the one that’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue, is the graphic novel Skin & Earth by viral pop-star Lights, our Beach Read, one that’s perfect for a day at the beach, is thriller Overkill: An Alex Hawke Novel by New York Times bestseller Ted Bell, and our Dark Horse, the one that might not be on your reading list yet, but should be, is memoir Take You Wherever You Go by one of Broadway’s most acclaimed directors Kenny Leon. So check these out!
Our Hot Pick
Skin & Earth by Lights
Image via Amazon
Based on Lights album of the same name, Skin&Earth is a story of a girl looking for hope in a hopeless world. Caught between romance and cults, gods and mortals, and just trying to find a good borscht, Enaia Jin is lead down a dark path by new lovers that reveals a twisted fantasy world and her own true nature. Set in a post-apocalyptic future ruled by the Tempest Corporation, the adventurous tale of loneliness, deceit and self-discovery that ties in with the 14-track corresponding album is compiled for the first time here with the complete comic book series and album in one epic interactive collected edition!
The megastar Lights, who is known by millions for her indie alt-electropop music, has just proven the reach of her talents is never-ending with this incredibly unique and stunning graphic novel. The drawings, which Lights created herself, are the perfect addition to an already exhilarating story. It’s no surprise that a television adaptation of the story is already in the works; you don’t want to miss this!
Our Beach Read
Overkill: An Alex Hawke Novel by Ted Bell
Image via Amazon
On a ski vacation in the Swiss Alps high above St. Moritz, Alex Hawke and his young son, Alexei, are thrust into danger when the tram carrying them to the top of the mountain bursts into flame, separating the two. Before he can reach Alexei, the boy is snatched from the burning cable car by unknown assailants in a helicopter.
Meanwhile, high above the skies of France, Vladimir Putin is aboard his presidential jet after escaping a bloodless coup in the Kremlin. When two flight attendants collapse and slip into unconsciousness, the Russian leader realizes the danger isn’t over. Killing the pilots, he grabs a parachute, steps out of the plane . . . and disappears.
If you’re a fan of the Alex Hawke novels (or even just a fan of thrillers in general) you can trust me when I say, this is not a novel you will want to miss out on! The plot will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end; filled with twists, turns, thrills, and more, this book is one that will not be easy to forget (but you wouldn’t want to)!
Our Dark Horse
Take You Wherever You Go by Kenny Leon
Image via Amazon
When Kenny Leon’s grandmother told him to “take you wherever you go,” she could hardly have anticipated that he would establish himself as one of Broadway’s most exciting and acclaimed directors. But through years of hard work, Kenny would migrate from a small wooden house in rural Florida to the Tony Awards’ stage, where he would win Best Direction of a Play for his 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun.
In TAKE YOU WHEREVER YOU GO, Leon reflects on the pillars of wisdom he learned every step of the way from the most important people in his life-from his grandmother’s sagacious and encouraging motivations to the steady hand of his mother to the deep artistic and social influence of iconic American playwright August Wilson.
TAKE YOU WHEREVER YOU GO is a poignant, ruminative, and inspirational memoir that empowers you to be true to yourself as you navigate your own path.
Kenny Leon is widely known for his work in the theatre and on the stage but, in this poignant, detailed memoir, he does something entirely different by telling us his story on the page. This book will teach you everything you could possibly want to know about life on Broadway, while also detailing the stumbles and falls of one man as he chases after success. This book will break your heart, all while still uplifting and inspiring you to keep going!