It’s a new month which means it’s time for some fresh reads. We’re having one of those hectic life months in March so our reading shelf is looking a little light however don’t fear, we’ve still got some great books for you to put on your radar, all a little different from one another but equally readable.
- SADIE is a YA novel that has received a lot of praise (and rightfully so) for its true crime podcast narrative style #truecrimelover
- BECOMING is the newest release from Michelle Obama and is set to be inspirational AF
- ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE is a Pulitzer Prize winning wartime drama that will pull at your heartstrings
- AFTER is coming to the big screen and is a NA novel where an innocent girl falls in love with a bad boy
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Book I’m listening to via Audible
Yes, I still love to read YA novels and I don’t even care who knows it. Basically a true crime podcast in written form, I’m 20% into the audiobook version and completely addicted to the mystery and playing detective trying to figure out what is going on.
A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about. Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Book our editor Ronnie is picking up this month
Michelle Obama is an icon to this girl and many others so of course her new book is making the list. Ronnie has only just skimmed the surface of this book but so far it’s as inspiring as the women herself. Stay posted for a review in our end of month wrap up.
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments.
Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Book I’m reading
This has been on my TBR shelf for a few years and I recently picked up a beautiful hardback edition of it so of course, I’ve had to dive in. I’m about a third of the way through and this wartime story has been equal parts beautiful and emotionally devastating. Already recommend checking it out for yourself.
Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.
In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.
After by Anna Todd
Book our editor Billie is reading
After Billie saw the teaser trailer for the movie adaptation popping up all over Instagram, she decided to give this a go. She’s reserving judgement until it’s complete but so far, she is mad at how much she is enjoying this new adult book about the quintessential nice girl who falls in love with a chiseled bad boy.
Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way. But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to. But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.
He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.
Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?
Unless…could this be love?
What are you reading at the moment?
Written by Monique Renee
Usually barefoot and deep in wanderlust mode, Mon loves binging Netflix, cuddling babies and stalking through Instagram looking for boho decor inspo and hotties with man buns. You’ll usually find her on holiday, planning a holiday or thinking about holidays.
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