Jane and Kalli’s Top Reads of 2018

 Jane’s Top Five: 

 All the Crooked Saints

Maggie Stiefvater

This stand-alone novel is a beautifully written book set in 1980s Colorado full of magical realism. It will make you think long after you’ve finished it about interpersonal relationships and your understanding of who you are. 

 The Golem and The Jinni

Helene Wecker

Two magical creatures, The Golem and the Jinni, are accidentally left to their own devices in 1899 New York. The Golem feels the need to fix the human problems around her, and the Jinni struggles with being stuck in human form bound with an iron shackle.

This is a great reflection of what it feels like to be an immigrant in America, and how it feels to be different than everyone else around you.

Love Her Wild

Atticus

A book of poems by Atticus, a young poet best known for the work he has published on Instagram. His work touches the emotions and experiences that make us all human. 

Ladder to the Sky

John Boyen

This book takes the Picasso quote “good artists copy; great artists steal” to a whole new level. Set in the 1980s in West Berlin, Maurice Swift is a writer working as a hotel waiter when he meets the author Erick Ackermann. Thus begins a journey filled with plagiarism, ruined careers, and uncertain futures.

Storm Front

Jim Butcher

Fantasy meets mystery in this fun start to the Dresdon Files. A professional wizard gets pulled in to a supernatural homicide that may put him in more danger than he is prepared for. Read the first book and you will get hooked on the rest of the series. 


 Kalli’s Top Five:

Educated

Tara Westover

Westover’s story is compelling and intense as she speaks out about her childhood. Never allowed to go to public school due to her parents’ religious extremist views, she grew up learning next to nothing about the reality of current events and history.

Though she eventually goes to college and even earns a PhD, she is always pulled back into her family’s narrow world and has to deal with struggles that exist there. 

 Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi

This book is for anyone who loved Ember in the Ashes. Wonderfully diverse, this teen fiction novel is full of African culture. Zelie has magic flowing through her veins, magic that has all but disappeared in Orisha by the hand of a ruthless monarch. But there may be a way to get it back, and it’s up to Zelie to find it and bring it forth.

 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Delightful is the most prominent word that comes to mind for this historical fiction book. A writer has made it big during the war and is searching for a new topic for her next book when she gets a letter from Guernsey Island.

Thus begins her correspondence with not only the gentleman, but several other residents about their time under occupation during World War II.  The ending will leave you feeling warm and satisfied. 

 The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Mackenzi Lee

This is a fun young adult historical fiction novel about a young man, Monty, used to gallivanting around Europe with his best friend, Percy. Reality sets in when his father tells him he must give up his reckless lifestyle and start learning how to take care of the family affairs, for he’s to inherit.

While he struggles to come to terms with this on his last Grand Tour of Europe, a dark mystery unfolds dealing with immortality, myths crossed with reality, and an island collapsing into the Atlantic Ocean.

Red Clocks

Leni Zumas

For any fan of The Handmaid’s Tale, this book brings forward the ongoing argument for and against abortion. In a not so distant future, Congress has banned abortion across the nation, and five women in Oregon each deal with this new reality in a different way. Explore what it means to be a mother and have the power of choice in this compelling novel. 

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