From gripping thrillers and powerful memoirs to textbooks exploring self-esteem and compassion, we’ve got you covered with this month’s essential reads.
The last thing he told me about Laura Dave
This book has been popping up all over the place this month, and it’s definitely worth it.
The last thing he told me was a pick from Reese’s Book Club, and I guarantee that once you collect it, you won’t be able to let go. Filled with heart-wrenching twists and expressive family drama, this gripping mystery concerns a woman who thinks she has found the love of her life – until it goes missing.
Cancel your plans for the day, because this one will hold you captive throughout.
What happened to you? By Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey
Have you ever wondered “Why did I do this?” Or “Why can’t I just control my behavior?” These are questions I know I have asked myself before. When we question our emotions, it’s easy to blame ourselves. Co-authored by renowned brain and trauma expert Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey, this book delves deep into trauma, resilience and healing. This choice of non-fiction explores these themes through deeply personal conversations and offers a revolutionary and profound change from the question “What is wrong with you?” “To” What happened to you? “
Topping the charts on the New York Times List of bestsellers for weeks now, this book will change the way you view your life.
Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Andy Weir brought us The Martian, and now it brings us another compelling interstellar adventure. Hail Mary is absolutely epic and has been one of my favorite books this year.
The Plot: Ryland Grace is the sole survivor of a desperate last-ditch mission, and if it fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except for the moment, he doesn’t know. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.
The anthropocene reviewed by John Green
At the top of the world charts, The Anthropocene Reviewed will not disappoint. John Green explores the current geological age in his latest book. This one delves into how humans have reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. It’s clear Green has a knack for storytelling, with this book being his seventh. His others like The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns have received numerous awards, and have even been made into films.
Fun, complex, and rich in detail, I cannot recommend this one enough.
Danielle Henderson’s Ugly Scream
This deeply moving and stimulating memoir is filled with humor and wit. Written by Danielle Henderson, a well-known TV writer and co-host of the film’s podcast I saw what you did.
In The Ugly Cry, Danielle tells stories of growth and wisdom. She shares the lessons she’s learned along the way, while changing our conventional understanding of family and its boundaries to include the millions of people who share its story.
Animal by Lisa Taddeo
I’ve read over 100 of them this year, and it’s still in my top 10. Author of Three Women, Animal is Lisa Taddeo’s debut novel, and it’s absolutely captivating in every way imaginable. Grab a blanket, a comfy seat, and a tall glass of wine, as this book will take you on a wild and vivid ride.
Lisa Taddeo has a unique way with words in that she has the power to draw you in immediately. When you open her book, she wraps her words around you and keeps you where she wants you from start to finish. You won’t regret choosing this one. The audiobook also just dropped, narrated by Emma Roberts, and it’s phenomenal, so you might want to grab your headphones for this one if audiobooks are your thing.
Girlvana by Ally Maz
This manual presented by British Columbia-born yogi Ally Maz explores self-compassion through the ancient teachings of yoga and meditation. This book comes at the perfect time with the stress of the pandemic and the changing rules and regulations, as we look to reopen the world again. Girlvana contains the tools and advice to keep you grounded in an ever-changing world.
This book is packed with information, like breathing exercises, yoga postures, and short stories that are sure to motivate and inspire you. I absolutely loved this book, and although it is called Girlvana and is aimed at girls, this book has something for everyone. None of us are exempt from the powers of self-compassion.
Welcome home by Najwa Zebian
Written by famous poet Najwa Zebian, Welcome Home is all about accepting your vulnerability instead of fearing it. Zebian’s debut novel is a safe place to welcome self-esteem, compassion, and forgiveness into your life.
Najwa shares her personal story for the first time in this memoir, speaking openly about leaving her home in Lebanon at the age of sixteen, to become a young Muslim woman in Canada.
Welcome Home is a response to the pain we all feel when we don’t feel at peace with ourselves. We all deserve our own homes.
Someone’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford
Ashley C. Ford is the former host of The Chronicles of Now podcast and co-host of HBO’s companion podcast Lovecraft Country Radio. Well known writer, you may have come across his work in The Guardian, ELLE Magazine, Buzzfeed or OUT Magazine, to name a few.
Ford’s memoir, published by Flatiron, is truly brilliant and unforgettable. Somebody’s Daughter is the story of a childhood defined by the impending absence of Ford’s incarcerated father.
This memoir enters the world of growing up a poor black girl in Indiana and explores how isolated and complex a childhood with an incarcerated parent can be. As Ashley struggles with her body and her surroundings, she sets out on a powerful journey to find the threads between who she is and what she was born into, and the complicated family love that often binds them together. We guarantee you won’t regret choosing this one.
The Queer Bible edited by Jack Guinness
A powerful and intimate collection of shorts inspired by QueerBible.com, an online community dedicated to celebrating our dearest queer heroes, past and present.
The Queer Bible, published by Dey Street Books, is a selection of beautifully illustrated essays by our most admired heroes like Elton John, Tan France and Mae Martin. A celebration of LGBTQ + history and culture, edited by GQ Editor-in-Chief Jack Guinness, this one is a must read.