Becoming by Michelle Obama: I was inspired by Michelle’s ambition and all she has achieved separately from Barack. One of the quotes that stayed with me was on the topic of withholding judgement of others; something Michelle’s parents shared with her and her brother when they were young. “Everyone on Earth, they’d tell us, was carrying around an unseen history, and that alone deserved some tolerance.”
Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contrera: This novel was inspired by the author’s childhood growing up in the ‘90s in Columbia when Pablo Escobar was terrorizing the country. The story broke my heart in a beautiful way and gave me a glimpse into a piece of Columbia’s recent history.
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed: Based off of the advice column Dear Sugar, this book undid me with it’s wisdom and honesty. The writing is sheer beauty. I immediately ordered a paperback version to keep as I have a feeling I will keep coming back to this one over and over.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: This novel is about 2 families intersecting and the little fires that start up due to secrecy and assumptions. There is little resolution at the end and this book was just so-so in my opinion.
A Simple Favor by Darcy Bell: This story is very similar to Gone Girl. It’s a page turner, but also a bit disturbing. It left me uneasy, as I think is the author’s intention.