Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell

I’m really loving Rowell’s books. This had all the readability of a great YA lit book but was about an adult relationship on the brink. It was smart and the characters were real, and I closed it feeling super-satisfied (and a little homesick for my husband.)

Read this when you want something quick and delightful that will grip your heart.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

A favorite daughter dies, and her family reels from the loss. A beautiful portrait of grief told in a compelling, page-turning manner. From a craft perspective, I love that each and every character detail in this book helps to answer the question, What happened to Lydia? Even the details of her parents’ past helps to illuminate how the family got to where it was and how it led to Lydia’s disappearance.

Read when you want a really deep portrait of people, or if you’re in the mood for something literary that still pulls you along with plot.