Book Recommendations

Hi! Long time no see. This is a super random post, but I’m putting it out there anyway.

If you know me, you might know that I like to read. Thing is, I don’t do it all the time. What happens is I suddenly get the urge to read, read a ton of books really fast, and then get sort of burnt out.

During a study abroad trip in South Africa two summers ago I probably read 15 books in two months. Last summer I read 9 massive books in a matter of weeks. I read really fast and I get sucked in easily.

That being said, a couple of weeks ago I got the itch to read. I had also been wanting to go to the new Central Austin Library and renew my library card so it all lined up well. Side note: the new library is bangin. Like next time anyone comes to visit, we are going there. Insane.

I put out a request for books with strong female characters. Always on the hunt for inspiration. I got really good recommendations and then looked for more books here and here.

So today I’ll share what books I’ve read since that day I was issued a new library card in April!

  1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

    Hi. Do you like historical fiction? Do you like France? What about WW2? Do you like badass female heroes? Do you like crying when you read? Excellent. Here’s your book. Seriously, it was phenomenal. It made me want to eat baguettes and jam. It also made me want to curl into a ball for a little while. Humanity can be horrific, but it can also be indestructibly brave and vivacious. Read it.

  2. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

    Okay, this one was interesting. A rebel militia vs government army war-torn country full of innocent people seeking to flee. What better way to do that then through secret doors that take you elsewhere around the globe. I know, sounds science-fictiony silly, but it’s not. A commentary on refugees, discrimination, social inequity, and more. It’s a book that makes you think. And makes you feel a little lost and homesick as you sit in your own living room.

  3. It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario

    A memoir. Of an incredible, driven, all around badass photojournalist. Uh, remember this in 2011? Yeah, she was one of those reporters. Addario is on a relentless pursuit of the truth which honestly left me raw and inspired. I bought two disposable cameras after reading it. Am I going to become a photojournalist? Not a chance. But I needed to take pictures. The way Addario recounts different encounters with people and cultures all around the world is uplifting and honest. I deeply appreciated hearing the story from an actual witness’ eyes.

  4. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

    Okkkaayyyy. This was a novella that followed a trilogy that I read last summer. Read the trilogy first, obviously. It’s awesome. And cute. And hardcore. Read them all. Apparently it’s sort of a retelling of Hades and Persephone and also Beauty and the Beast. That being said, this is not a traditional retelling of anything. There are Fae and other creatures and magic and such involved, which frankly sometimes turns me off from books, but not this series. ALSO SJM wrote another series that is better and even crazier in my opinion. It starts with Throne of Glass. You like strong female characters? Celaena Sardothien. Go, read it.

  5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

  6. The Mime Order by SS

  7. The Song Rising  by SS

    I’ll just say this upfront. Apparently this is going to be a 7 book series. As you can see, only 3 are out. It sucks. The waiting, not the books! Alright, let me paint a picture for you: Dystopian London, goes by the name Scion, teeming with regular of people and clairvoyants. Scion hunts down clairvoyants for being “unnatural” due to their connection with the aether aka spirits. If you’re like me, you might read that and think yeah not so sure how I feel about that. Well, get over it. Turns out, it’s awesome. Lead character, Paige Mahoney, is also incredible. This is the first dystopian fiction I’ve read in a while that isn’t a blatant rip off of Hunger Games and all that jazz.

  8. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    People. This is maybe a 1 hour read. Don’t make me tell you twice. Go read it. Do you have a woman in your life? Are you a woman yourself? Do you live in a world with women in it? Default yes, so you have to go read it. I don’t care if you disagree with every single word in it. Just go read it. Why? Because words are powerful and are you a little baby that’s afraid of power? I hope not. Prove me right and go read it.


So there they are! The 8 books I’ve read thus far. I have two more books at home to read:

Caucasia by Danzy Senna

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward.

I’ve got two books waiting at the library for me to pick up, too:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W Durrow.

The only other books I have on my list are:

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah


SO PLEASE! If you have any recommendations, HMU.

Thanks for reading this random post. You rock. Bye.