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5 Books to Add to Your TBR List in the New Year

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

This novel follows the trials and tribulations faced by a group of college classmates and friends as they grow into adulthood. Told from the perspective of Jude–a loyal friend and hardworking lawyer with a mysterious past–the group of diverse young men navigate the world as college graduates and reach for greatness while protecting their steadfast friendship.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Set in the swamplands of North Carolina, this novel follows Kya between the ages of 6 and 25. Growing up in a shack alone, she teaches herself to hunt and fend for herself, while bonding with the wildlife and nature. What will happen when a murder is reported in the swamp and fingers begin pointing toward the “swamp girl”?

 The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

35-year-old Nora believes she can make only mistakes. When she finds herself in the Midnight Library, which is a personalized limbo of sorts between life and death, Nora will be allowed to glimpse into what her life might be like had she made different choices in the past. Despite having an infinite amount of lives to try on, Nora still seeks a simple life of fulfillment and atonement.

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

In a world torn apart by war and kingdom rivalry, a street thief-turned-soldier is sent to investigate the whereabouts of a key player in the recent devastating conflict between nations. When she meets and immediately clashes with the outlaw leader of an unrecognized kingdom, mystery ensues. The two struggle to uncover the truth about the continent’s past while struggling to remain loyal to their people and their newfound friendship.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The talented and intelligent Rin is accepted into the most elite military school in the Empire, surprising not only herself but everyone who sought to use and enslave her. She quickly discovers a mythical power she never knew she possessed. Discriminated against because of her skin color, gender, and upbringing, Rin must rise above her station and prove that the Gods chose her to defend the Empire in the impending war for a reason.

Madi Miller

Wake Forest '23

I am from Raleigh, North Carolina, and I'm currently a junior majoring in Business and Enterprise Management with a concentration in International Business at Wake Forest University. I love photography, reading, road trips, Marvel movies, and volleyball! I hope to put myself out of my comfort zone and push beyond my boundaries in writing and creativity, and I am excited for this opportunity with Her Campus WFU!
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