Pull It Together: January - March 2019 Reading List

I got a ton of reading done this quarter thanks to the apps Libby and Overdrive, and wanted to share a quick list of them. You can also follow me on Goodreads now (yes, I finally made one^^)

January

The Outsider by Stephen King
Believe it or not, this was my first Stephen King novel. It was incredibly well written with great characters, which made it even harder when bad stuff started happening :( The story is about the investigation into the murder of a young boy and takes an unexpected supernatural turn. It wasn’t mind-blowing but if you want a quick thriller read, this is it!

Buy it here.

Artemis by Andy Weir
Written by the author of The Martian, Artemis takes us to the colony on the moon where Jazz is just trying to get by. Her many odd jobs leads her right in the middle of a bad business deal that could have some big (deadly) consequences for her home. This was a quick read, and all the details thrown in to create this world were great for a scifi nerd like me :)

Buy it here.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I highly suggest listening to this via audiobook as I did. Elizabeth Gilbert goes into her belief in creativity and what it means to be a creator. Some of the ideas were a little hokey and eye roll inducing but overall it left me truly inspired!

Buy it here.

February

March by John Lewis
I started off Black History Month with the graphic novel by John Lewis, sharing his story in the fight for civil rights in America. I only read book one this month, but I highly suggest each part of this series! The art work and the way Lewis tells his story is incredible.

Buy it here.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Yes, I finally read it! This novel follows a family through multiple generations during (and slightly after) the Japanese colonization period. Min Jin Lee’s writing had me drawn in from the first page and as the story progressed, my heart broke over and over. This is a fantastic historical novel and sheds light on a part of history often glazed over.

Buy it here.

March

The Sisters Are Alright by Tamara Winfrey Harris
This was a short read but it was absolutely packed with information and references for further reading. Tamara Winfrey Harris tackles the issue of how African American women are treated in the media and how that affects how they perceive themselves and how others form their prejudices. It traces all the way back to the pre-Civil War and once you see the tropes she talks about, you will see them everywhere. An eye opening and engaging read!

Buy it here.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
After loving the film, I decided to read Brooklyn which ended up being almost exactly like the adapted screenplay. The book follows a young girl from a small town in Ireland, who is given the opportunity to live and work in Brooklyn, New York. We see her many struggles to adapt, the age old question of what makes home, home? and more! Truly an excellent read :)

Buy it here.

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What have you been reading?