“Boys will be boys” is never an excuse. Told in dueling points of view by siblings Ashley and Derek, Someone I Used to Know tells the story of how Ashley was raped by Derek’s teammate and the aftermath of the trial two years after the trauma. This book is a raw and honest portrayal of rape culture in our society, and about what sexual assault can to do a victim and the family as a whole. It’s a tough but important topic and a phenomenal read.
This is a beautiful children’s story about Sylvester and his discovery of a shiny magic pebble. This was always a special book to me as an only child and one that I enjoy reading as a parent to my only child. At the end of the day, no amount of magic is as spectacular as being together with your family.
The Eye of the World is the start of an amazing 15-book series (if you count the prequel) set in a world where women tend to be in power, and only women can wield magic safely without going insane. But there is a prophesy that “The Dragon Reborn,” a male magic user (channeler) will be reborn and both save and destroy the world as we know it. This series is becoming a TV series by Amazon, but that's not the only reason to take a dive into this world. It will hold a place in my heart forever and is always the first book I recommend for Adult Fantasy.
Beautiful Ruins was recommended to me by a patron whose taste in books mirrors my own. It is the story of a young man trying to build up his hotel, The Adequate View, on a nondescript Italian coast that draws few visitors. The story skips back and forth through five decades with five other characters and their unique dramas. It is the tale of a man who feels insignificant yet has a considerable impact on those he meets.