For some, reading is a wonderful way to relax and escape reality. For others, it’s seen as a form of torture and punishment. But, to those who fall in the latter category, I promise it’s just because you haven’t read the right books! Below is a list of must read books with everything from essay collections to novels. Enjoy!
1. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
Bad Feminist is a collection of essays written by cultural critic Roxanne Gay and she writes about everything from feminism to politics to race. It’s incredibly funny as well as incredibly moving and I highly recommend this to anyone wanting a new perspective. Plus, March is Women’s History Month so what better time than now?!
2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Not only is Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda a super fun read, it’s also incredibly well written. It’s a coming of age story of Simon, a 16-year-old who no one knows is gay. But when someone figures out his secret and uses it against him, Simon must step out of his comfort zone before the life that he knows falls apart. Also, they are making a movie based on this book that comes out March 16th so it’s the PERFECT time to read it!
3. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Said best by the School Library Journal, Between the World and Me is “… a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, [where] Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. Thoughtfully exploring personal and historical events, from his time at Howard University to the Civil War, the author poignantly asks and attempts to answer difficult questions that plague modern society.”
4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Calling all self proclaimed nerds! This one’s for you. Cath is a fangirl of a book series and she is on her way to college with her twin sister Wren. But, when Cath’s sister reveals she doesn’t want to room with her, Cath is left outside her comfort zone and left to navigate college alone. This story is not only relatable it’s highly entertaining and a quick read.
5. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
This book is thrilling from start to finish. It follows the lives of three women, each at a crossroad in their lives. It is sharp, witty, and a brilliant take on “ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.” Not to mention this is now an awesome HBO series currently filming its second season!