Ruta Sepetys$10.99 $10.11
Shannon Lee Barry$9.99
I've been following Shannon on Instagram for ages now, and quickly fell in love with her words. She writes about people so beautifully - she sees their nuances and quirks and paints them in your mind's eye with so much love. Her writing is whimsical and magical and filled with hope, and to read the story of how she fell in love through her poems was a truly precious thing.
Abbie Emmons$16.99 $15.63
Laura Tucker$17.99 $16.55
It had been a while since I'd read a middle grade book, but I could not have loved All the Greys on Greene Street more. Sweet, funny, heartbreaking, and healing, it tells the story of Olympia, the daughter of artists who doesn't know what to do when her dad disappears overnight and her mom stops getting out of bed. It's hard to believe that this is a debut. With the honest charm that comes with a twelve-year-old narrator, this book delivered in every area—great characters, a bit of mystery, beautiful writing, and a realistic look at mental illness. A great read for anyone of any age.
Meg Waite Clayton$27.99 $25.75
I read a lot of historical fiction, but this quickly climbed to the top of my favorites list. The majority of WWII fiction revolves around the camps, but this gave a new perspective—the kindertransports system, run by Truus, a woman unable to bear children herself who is determined to get all of the Jewish children safely out of Austria. It's one of those rare books with multiple storylines that keeps you engrossed in every single page, and leaves you in awe of the people who fought not only for their own lives, but for the lives of every single person that they possibly could. This book will keep you hooked until the final page, and will make you hold the kids in your life a bit more tightly.
Heather Morris$16.99 $15.63
"An incredible true story of heartbreak, resilience, and hope, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is unlike any WWII novel I have ever read. This is the kind of book that leaves you in awe not only of the depths of evil that humanity can reach, but the immense strength as well. The fact that it's all true makes it all the more mesmerizing. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an absolute must read."
Cynthia Williams, Beverley Bass, et al.$17.99 $16.55
A huge lover of theatre, I first heard of Beverley Bass's story through the breathtaking musical Come From Away. The story of her dedication, resilience, and passion is a perfect fit for a picture book, one that I would give to any little girl with big dreams.
Ray Bradbury$17.00 $15.64
I don't know how I went so long without reading this, but wow, what an incredible book. I'm generally not a huge dystopian fan, but Fahrenheit 451 is absolutely brilliant. Set in a world where books are illegal and firefighters set fires instead of putting them out, this book is one that sticks with you long after you read the final page. It's filled with parallels of our world today, and is such a thought-provoking exploration of technology, privacy, desensitization and censorship. A fascinating book that I think everyone should read.
Julie Andrews$30.00 $27.60
In Home Work, Julie Andrews shares about her life and career from Mary Poppins up until her return to Broadway. From Poppins to The Sound of Music toVictor/Victoria, fans will enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some of their favorite films, as well as receive insight into Julie’s personal life as well. She shares the trials and joys of her second marriage, raising her children, and adopting from Vietnam. One cannot help but be amazed by her strength and courage, and inspired by her story.
John Green$19.99 $18.39
I absolutely fell in love with Turtles All the Way Down. It's realistic and heartfelt and hopeful in a way that few books I've read are. The characters are genuine and well-developed, intensely flawed but intensely lovable. With incredibly realistic depiction of mental illness and the quirky, thought-provoking style that John Green is famous for, Turtles All the Way Down is a book that I plan to return to again and again.
Ariel Lawhon$26.95 $24.79
Anna Anderson: ragamuffin or royalty? I've always been fascinated by the story of Anastasia, and this book takes you into the mystery of the woman who claimed to be the lost princess herself. I Was Anastasia is written from two perspectives - Anna's and Anastasia's - spanning nearly eighty years. With all of the intrigue of a thriller, you won't be able to put this book down. Find out for yourself - who was Anna Anderson?
Louisa May Alcott$14.00 $12.88
With all of the hype recently around the new movie adaptation of Little Women , I couldn't help but revisit Alcott's classic novel. Growing up in a house of girls myself, I think that I will always love this story, and always see so much of my own life in that of the March's. It's a charming story of resilience and strength in a time when women were supposed to fade in the background. This book is the perfect way to spend a cozy day, and as we all continue to excitedly swoon over Greta Girwig's new version, I would encourage you to take a look back at where it all began.
Julianne Donaldson$15.99 $14.71
Intriguing, thoughtful, and romantic, I loved the story of Blackmoore. Desperate to get away from a life that feels completely caged and the boy who can never be hers, Kate is forced to secure - and reject - three marriage proposals to win her freedom. But is the price worth the reward? With characters reminiscent of Austen, a Jane Eyre-esque atmosphere, and a romance that's in a class of its own, this book is one that I will definitely be picking up again.