Absolutely stunning! In this collection of poetry, Ada Limon writes about loss and grief, small
moments of joy, family relationships, fertility, and so much more. Her tender and vulnerable
voice is often met with a splash of dark humor. The collection’s straightforward, carefully
crafted words and broad topics makes The Carrying accessible to a large audience.
Read this in 2015 and still cannot stop thinking about it! Loosely based on the life of Margaret
Mead, Euphoria tells the story of three anthropologists researching tribes in New Guinea during
the early 1930s. The characters in this novel are very well developed and their lives become
deeply involved in one another. It is a seductive, historical fictional novel that you won’t be able
to put down.
Elena Ferrante’s stunning Neapolitan book series follows the complex and heated friendship of Elena and Lila. The neighborhood in Naples, Italy where the young girls live is crowded, poor, and filled with violence. However, in this first book, Naples appears to be gradually transforming for the better, and for one of the girls, opportunity begins to open up. I think what really captivated me was Ferrante’s depictions of women—showing the side of power, self-awareness, and brilliance, but also a side of struggle, fear, and doubt.
When the were no more Harry Potter books, this filled the gaping hole in my soul. Yup, it’s that
good. Kvothe is hiding his true identity living as a humble innkeeper until he is persuaded by a
historian (who identifies him as the legendary hero and adventurer that he is) to share the story of his life. The Name of the Wind, the first book of Patrick Rothfuss’s fantasy trilogy, focuses mainly on Kvothe’s early years as a brilliant, quick-witted, and often reckless student studying to be an arcanist at university.