Quarantine Reads

This isn’t going to be like my other book review posts because I’ve been reading so much and I waited too long and it’s overwhelming to have to write a review for each one. So I’m going to post all of the books I’ve read since my last post here and put stars next to my favorites. I don’t know about you but I’ve needed reading like never before while watching our world implode. I hope you’re doing well and I’d love to hear what you’re reading! (Also? Karin Slaughter’s new book comes out on August 4th if you’re anxiously awaiting like I am!)

The books below are books I’ve read to help understand racism and to become a better ally. I highly recommend all of them.

Stamped by Jason Reynolds (YA version but very good; Matthew is reading it now and learning a lot)

How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown (Toledo native!)

Here are the rest of the books I’ve read. I enjoyed them all!  (Stars next to my favorites!)

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

 The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden ** (YA)

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi **

The Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

If It Bleeds by Stephen King

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris (follow up to Tattooist of Auschwitz)

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter **

Untamed by Glennon Doyle (nonfiction) 

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

The Playground by Jane Shemilt

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Institute by Stephen King ** (especially if you love King)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The House on Olive Street by Robyn Carr

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway ** (YA) 

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow (nonfiction)

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Under Currents by Nora Roberts

The Chain by Adrian McKinty ** (super creepy)

Half a Brain by Jenni Basch (nonfiction)

In the Shadow of the Valley by Bobi Conn (memoir)

Devoted by Dean Koontz ** (I don’t normally like Koontz, but this was awesome!)

I Am, I Am, I am by Maggie O’Farrell (memoir)

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ** (not a real band so don’t spend hours looking for their music like I did; soon to be a movie) 

Have You Seen Me? By Kate White

Feed by Mira Grant (YA)

If You Tell by Gregg Olsen (nonfiction; TW: abuse)

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline


One response to “Quarantine Reads

  1. Thank you for this list! I added some to my library queue. I really enjoyed The Yellow Bird Sings. And Red, White & Royal Blue was completely mindless, yet compelling. I’m into Writers and Lovers now… when I’m not praying slash crying for all the classroom teachers I know.

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