I read a large variety of fiction, I'm relatively familiar with young adult novels but my favorite genre is science fiction. That being said, I'm also a sucker for the classics, especially ones with a good love story.
For those who are familiar with Greek mythology and for those who aren't, Ariadne is an incredible read. Following the lives of forgotten women of Greek myths, Ariadne brings light to these women and the sacrifices they made. Saint does an incredible job of taking the mythology and turning it into prose, where you can keep ample track of the characters and the troubles they face.
Intellectually stimulating, visually appealing and a thriller for the ages, The Secret History is incomparable. Based in an imaginary town in Vermont, this book follows the story of college kids from out of state as they explore the classics, pagan practices, and even death. This book is incredibly difficult to put down and as a bonus, it has all kinds of references to "Vermonters" and the state we love so dearly.
Colson Whitehead's new novel is a colorful look into 1960's Harlem. Following a furniture salesman, Ray Carney, this book felt a little slow to start but that very quickly changed. Whitehead's writing is exquisite, his characters are fascinating, and the description he provides of New York City is unlike any I've read yet.
I think this may have been the fastest I've read a book in years. Matt Haig's writing flows so freely and this story is so incredibly captivating, you won't want to put it down. The Midnight Library is a beautiful story that everyone should read. I can confidently say that if you read this book you will gain a much greater appreciation for the life you have.
Madeline Miller's storytelling abilities are astounding. Spanning thousands upon thousands of years, telling the story of the Greek witch, Circe is a daunting task that Miller executes flawlessly. This books is one of my all-time favorites and does a beautiful job of giving a voice to one of the most mysterious characters from The Odyssey.
Margaret Atwood's writing is absolutely chilling and far too accurate for my liking. Despite being published in 1985, Atwood's descriptions of how women were - and are - treated in this novel hits incredibly close to home. Ironically, this book has also been banned by multiple institutions and if you're anything like me, that simply adds to the appeal.
Rivka Galchen's second novel is truly an excellent work. Although Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch is a work of fiction, it is based off of real events as well as real letters from the early 1600s. This book is excellent for fans of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, as it is similar to that in some ways but entirely different in others. For one, this book has a much larger focus on the women of the story.
Jane Austen's classic novel is one of my all-time favorite books. Austen does a beautiful job of displaying what falling in love feels like through her characters, with incredible imagery of the English countryside thrown in. Despite being published over 200 years ago, this love story has resonated through the years for so many people because of the simple fact that it doesn't wholly focus on romantic love, but also familial, platonic, and self-love.
Originally written for J.R.R. Tolkien's children, The Hobbit is a must-read for all ages. This precursor to The Lord of The Rings trilogy provides background on everyone's favorite uncle Bilbo as we follow his adventure. Tolkien does a wonderful job of weaving together adult themes of grief and danger with vivid imagery and a fantastical world.
Originally published over 70 years ago, Orwell's chilling novel paints an all-too-familiar picture of a broken society. If you're looking for a book that will haunt you for years to come, this is it. George Orwell's commentary on society and where it could be headed is simultaneously fascinating and terrifying, especially when you realize just how much of it we've made a reality.
As the start of Suzanne Collins' thrilling trilogy, The Hunger Games is considered to have set the stage for dystopian young adult fiction. While many know the story of Katniss Everdeen from the popular films, this book provides a deeper dive into her experience in Panem as she learns to fight her life and the lives of others. This book is excellent for young women who feel as though they could, and should save the world.