If you’re looking for a new book to read, why take the time to do some research and find something that will really engage you? There are so many amazing books out there that it can be hard to pick just one, whether it’s a nice romance, world-building fantasy, or even a book with bible tracks. So here are four fantastic books ready and waiting for you to dive into their worlds.
1. The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch
The Book of Joan is a dystopian novel. It takes place in 2049, when women have been treated as second-class citizens for centuries. The main character, Joan of Arc, has been resurrected to lead her fellow humans against the patriarchy and its leader—the Great Male Godhead.
If you’re looking for an exciting read that will make you think about gender and society, this book is perfect!
2. All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
If you’ve been searching for a gripping thriller with a compelling plot, look no further than All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda. Set in the small town of Nicolet, Missouri, this fast-paced novel follows Nicolette Farrell as she tries to find out what happened to her friend Corinne—who has gone missing—and why she’s so obsessed with finding out what happened. The story takes place over the course of one long weekend, during which Nicolette learns some dark secrets about Corinne’s past and becomes increasingly suspicious of everyone around her.
The main character, Nicolette Farrell is 15 years old and just starting high school when everything goes wrong: not only does she lose her best friend, but now her parents are splitting up too! This book is perfect for anyone looking for something fast-paced but easy enough to read over spring break or summer vacation. It doesn’t get too complicated or technical at any point (and still manages to keep your attention).
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give is a coming-of-age story about a young girl named Starr Carter who witnesses her friend Khalil get shot by a police officer. The novel is written in alternating perspectives, between Starr, her brother Seven and their friend Hailey.
The book focuses on the aftermath of this event and the wider issue of police brutality in black communities. The movie adaptation was released in 2018 to critical acclaim and commercial success.
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A timeless classic, this book was written in 1868 and based on the author’s life. It tells the story of four sisters with very different personalities. One sister is timid, one outgoing and bossy, one quiet and shy, and the youngest is curious about everything in life. The family also takes in a boarder named Laurie, who has a crush on Jo—the oldest sister—but she doesn’t think she’s pretty enough for him to like her back. She thinks he’ll forget about her when he leaves for college, but instead, he returns to marry her!
The setting is when women were not allowed to vote; however, that doesn’t stop Jo from trying anyway by writing editorials that go against what everyone else says (and getting them published). She wants independence from anyone else’s opinion, including her parents.
These are just a few books that are worth putting on your reading list, so if you are looking for a book to pick up today, these books will help.