- The Whole Truth and And Nothing But the Truth by Kit Pearson. I realize I’m very late to the party, but WOW these books are excellent.
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I was pretty sure I’d like this, but the reality was a whole new level of liking and nagging thoughts.
- Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson. Let’s be real, Jacqueline Woodson wrote this, how could it be anything but extraordinary? Even so, Feathers surpassed what I’d imagined.
- Connecting Dots by Sharon Jennings. Difficult but so so good.
- Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai – I have my high school English classes to thank for ruining my relationship with poetry, and to be honest I was pretty hesitant to pick up anything called a “verse novel”. How could an entirely novel be written in verse? I was pretty skeptical, but this wonder of a novel absolutely broke my heart and took my breath away.
Oh man, while the opposite has been often true, I cannot think of many situations where this has happened as I don’t give many chances to books that flail in the beginning.
- The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
I tried this series because it is Janet’s forever love and I try to be a good friend. But dang, these books are brilliant. I adored them all.
- The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo – Zen Cho
I was very intrigued to read this novella but didn’t expect it to blow my socks off. And it did. Now I am all things Zen Cho. I will read her grocery list.
- Friday Barnes series by R. A. Spratt
I expected to like Friday but I didn’t think that she would bowl me over with her humungous vocabulary and very awkward social habits. Consider me a fan.
- Dreamers often Life – Jacqueline West
While this book does not end with the brilliance it began, it was, nevertheless, a surprisingly good read.
- The Palace Job – Patrick Weekes
I don’t have good experience reading men writing women, especially white men writing POC women. Weekes did an amazing job.