I know I'm more than a little late on some of these series, but...they're so great that I have to share!
The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown: I read this series twice in two weeks. I have dreams about this series. I wish I had never read it, so I could read it anew. I will warn you that it is graphic, and that book 1 made me disappointed in humanity. But by the time you get to Book 3, all red-eyed and sleep deprived and hungry for more, you won't regret a single minute.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: What can I say that hasn't already been said? Masterful writing, suspense, great use of POV, characters that are truly human and imperfect. And of course the ever present sense of anticipation and fear of finally learning what truly happened
Girl on a Train: Not sure what I can say without giving spoilers away, but let's just say that I try not to look out the train window during my daily CalTrain commute. There are some things you can't unsee or unknow.
Dataclysm: I'm a data nerd, an Excel junky and I love analyses. This book is full of them. Some sobering, some depressing. But truth is truth, and ignorance is not bliss.
Eleanor & Park: It's teen romance at it's finest. Desperate, all-encompassing, and sweetly sad.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: When you read a book, and it reads like the story of your life? That's how I felt about Americanah. When each story grabs you by the throat and won't let go? That's how I felt about The Thing Around Your Neck. When you finally learn the things that your people don't talk about, your government likes to forget, when you finally learn about real war? That's how I felt about Half of a Yellow Sun. When you read what it truly means to grow up? That's how I felt about Purple Hibiscus. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is #bae, #goals and #whatever_else_is_trending. Her writing always makes me think, and I think it would make you think as well.
Dairy Queen Series: It's Cows, (American) Football, Basketball, and the all-American girl. I know it sounds weird and maybe not as exciting, but trust me, you want to read it
Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer: We all make mistakes, and we all try to fix them. Growing up, I used to think that being an adult meant never making mistakes. I know better now. This is a book about fixing those mistakes, and finding the light at the end of the tunnel
The Secret Life of Baba Segi's Wives: Truly, truly exquisite. The woman who has found her place, is at the top, and must secure it at all costs. And the woman who is in the middle, sometimes content, sometimes reaching. Last, the woman who sits and fixes herself until she is ready to live. Oh, and before I forget, of course, the man who thinks he is the center of their world.
Ozzy Etomi's 30 Day Writing Challenge: I'd heard about Medium a few years back but never really read anything on there, beyond the odd article. Then I came across her 30-day writing challenge on Medium. The writing get more and more exquisite as the 30 days count-down. I hope she continues writing when the 30 days are over. Check her out here: https://medium.com/@ozzyetomi
The Everygirl's Series on the women of the White House: It's a great three-part series on the women who work in the First Lady's office (Michelle Obama), and their paths to their current roles. TLDR; You can't predict your path! These women are all in their early- to mid-twenties, and have stories to share and words of wisdom. Check them out here, here and here.
Have any recommendations to share? I'm all ears!