A great thing about this quarantine is that I have so much more reading time. I’m an avid reader in general, but these April showers have really put me in the mood to curl up and read something with a hot beverage. With so many books to choose from, here are a few that I recently enjoyed!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Do you like heist novels? If you do, I could not recommend this book more. I was really skeptical when I first started this book, but by god, this novel has more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. Set in a fantastical city inspired by modern-day Amsterdam, the characters deal with gang rivalry, drug lords, power struggles, deception, discrimination, and a heist that can change their lives. Bardugo has a talent for writing descriptions which evoke such intense emotions that make you believe you are within the story. The characters’ internal struggles with showing strength and being vulnerable is very relatable, and every time you think you’ve finally figured someone out, Bardugo surprises you with another twist. The first in a duology, Six of Crows is followed by Crooked Kingdom which ends the series in the tear-jerking, heart-warming, ass-kicking way all us readers asked for.
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices Book 1) by Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare is a New York Time’s Bestseller known for her City of Bones Series. Set in the same universe, this trilogy embarks on a dark adventure full of magic and forbidden romance. Once again, I am in love with the descriptive details in this book! Each sentence has me hungry to know more about the journey the main characters are on and believe me, I definitely had moments where I wanted to throw the book against the wall screaming. I could not put this book down for a second and finished the entire series in three days.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
With COVID-19 running rampant and the medical community highlighted on the news each day, I decided to reread this biography about the origin of the first immortal human cell line, HeLa. Skloot was a journalist who researched Henrietta Lacks and the tribulations she faced as an African American woman in the late 1940s – 1951, discovering she had cervical cancer. The poignant description of the discrimination and ethical misconducts Henrietta Lacks faces emphasizes the hardships her family faced after her death. Skloot illustrates the difficulties she had with gaining the Lack’s family trust and lack of credit Henrietta received, as the Lacks family continued to reside in poverty.
Eon by Alison Goodman
This is a book I’ve reread numerous times. An elegant portrayal of gender bias and sexism, this fantastical tale revolves around a woman who wants to become a Dragoneye – an individual who is able to harness their dragon’s magic. But of course, it is forbidden for females to use dragon magic so Eona has spent many years masquerading as a boy named Eon in order to participate in the trials. Although a work of fiction, Goodman is able to accurately depict the difficulties many young girls face in getting a leg up in the world.
Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass Book 7) by Sarah J. Maas
The finale of an epic journey, this enthralling novel concludes the Throne of Glass series. Through laughter and tears (I admit, there were a lot of tears), I was enraptured by the way all the dots connected to each other and even more enthralled by the vivid imagery Maas depicted of the final battle. Even more so, I was utterly in awe at how the heroine kept every ounce of her strength throughout the entire series, even while questioning who she was. Maas emphasized the power each individual has and how, no matter the situation, it is a choice to surrender this power.