5 Must-Read Books

From revivals of classics to newer calendar releases, here are my top 5 to read now. Thrilling fiction?  Cultural studies? Self-help? Whatever your jam, these books had me reading from cover to cover.

Between the World and Me

"This is required reading," says Toni Morrison. Between the World and Me is a 152-page letter from Coates to his son, Samori. In it, he pens a beautifully woven narrative based on his own personal experience on what it means to be black in America. This moving testament conveys the fears and faith he has for his son's life. It goes beyond the simple hopes a patriarchal figure has for his son's future based on his past. It is a universal glimpse for all into a story -- "a new story, a new history told through the lens of our struggle."

Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

Living a harrowed life and being burnt from both ends led Brigid Schulte to research whether an "all work and no play" mentality is universal. From sociologists to global families, she discovers why people are busier than ever even with modern day technology that should free up time. If you feel like you're losing your mind and minutes in a day, you're not alone.

The Woman in Cabin 10

This New York Times and USA Today Bestseller will keep you on-the-edge-of-your-seat. Lo Blacklock is the story's protagonist and a journalist working for a travel magazine. She's the epitome of a hot mess -- desperate to prove there's more to life than getting engaged to her boyfriend and gin-fueled alcoholic stupor, she takes on the assignment of chronicling an all expensed week-long vacation on a new luxury cruise ship. She witnesses a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers are accounted for. Was it just confusion from another night of drinking, or more? This thriller had me guessing till the end.

Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You is a cultural story of a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. It is a universal story of human connection and personal discovery. Lydia, the daughter of Marilyn and James Lee, and oldest sister to two younger siblings, is found dead in a lake. Her death disturbs the intricate family balance, and unearths truths, lies, buried resentment, and long-forgotten events. A moving tale about how families can live under one roof without truly being a family.

1984

This dystopian novel by George Orwell has doubled in sales since the beginning of 2017. In 1984, Britain is governed by a dictatorial regime, better known as Big Brother. It literally watches your every move and thoughts through home telescreens, it makes "edits" to incorrectly documented history, and limits expression of speech by creating a new language called "newspeak." Written in 1948, it is still a relevant reminder of how delicate freedom and democracy can be.

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