At its very core, Babel is a novel structured around semiotics. The best reason to read this book would be for the imaginative world-building, the fantastic intersection between translation and magic, and the deep dives into all sorts of language-related facts. Read Jed's review on the blog.
Counterfeit pulls off a very neat twist about two-thirds of the way in. It’s a story about friendship, family, criminal enterprises, and the Asian way of doing things. Read Jed's review on the blog.
Killers Amidst Killers is Billy Jensen’s harrowing account of the time he spent investigating a series of murders in Southern Ohio. Here, we only get a glimpse through stories told by their friends and family. Read Clifford's review on the blog.
Divided into eight parts and 50-plus short chapters, “Brown Girls” is a coming-of-age story of a group of brown-skinned girls living in Queens; each chapter marks their dreams and delusions, successes and failures, enlightenment and confusion, and happiness and heartbreaks. Read Jowana's review on the blog.
With Elizabeth Zott, Bonnie Garmus gave us an unforgettable character that broke the ceiling in the 60s when ceilings were much higher and harder to break. Read Dan's review on the blog.
The narrative makes Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li more than just a thriller. It captures the despair and disconnectedness of being born into two cultures. Read Dan's review on the blog.
Aldous Huxley's Brave New World kept all the important beats of the story, the visuals worked well for the story, and overall the book feels like it was written as a graphic novel instead of adapted from an existing work. Read Clifford's review on the blog.
Though Book Lovers isn’t an adolescent coming of age story, it hits everything that makes those stories lovable: diving headfirst into new experiences, falling in love, discovering something that makes you see your life in a different light. Read Katya's review on the blog.
This Time Tomorrow is already an easy recommendation for its interesting plot and effortlessly engaging prose. This time travel story is light on the science but heavy with heart. Read Jed's review on the blog.
An enthralling tale of books, first love, fantasy, and an unusual friendship with a talking cat, The Cat Who Saved Books is a story for those for whom books are so much more than words on paper. Read the First Few Pages of The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa on the blog.