The above linked article suggests some starter books for those readers who aren’t normally into romances. I am not a big fan of this list, since most of these are way too “romancy” for my tastes. I agree with some of the comments though. Start with “chick lit” or sports romances. I really dislike the historical romances, and I don’t think they should be on this list at all. The suspense books are more along my tastes, and I could probably deal with the contemporary ones, but I feel there are better books out there to start with.
The above linked article lists books that would be great for 2020 bookclubs. I left the update for American Dirt in, because it has some interesting links associated with it. The list is great, and I have heard of several of these.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Followers by Megan Angelo
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Update: when I first recommended American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, I was not aware of the whole context behind the story. I urge you all to read this Buzzfeed article as it breaks down the controversy.
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin
The God Game by Danny Tobey
The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica
Follow Me by Kathleen Barber
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
The Eighth Girl by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung
The Herd by Andrea Bartz
Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict
All The Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
The Girl In White Gloves by Kerri Maher
And They Called It Camelot by Stephanie Marie Thornton
The Queen’s Secret by Karen Harper
Just in time for Valentines Day, this list comes out. I have read a lot of these books already, but not as audiobooks. Most of the others are books that I have heard of, or are on my TBR list. I would recommend the ones that I have read, so I can only assume that the others would be good, too? Not necessarily true, but maybe?
I loved the list of books, but many of them, including Harry Potter, weren’t written when I was a child. I guess I am the mom who shared them with my kid, in this case. My oldest daughter flew through the series when she was young, reading the last book when she was 7 years old. It took her a little over a day. She still loves them, and so do I.
The above linked article lists books about immigration, actually written by immigrants. None of these are involved in the American Dirt controversy.
My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capó Crucet
The Mariel Boatlift: A Cuban-American Journey by Victor Andres Triay
Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares by Aarti Namdev Shahani
Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear
America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States by Erika Lee
Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants by César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández
Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandéz Castillo (Jan. 28)
Illegal: How America’s Lawless Immigration Regime Threatens Us All by Elizabeth F. Cohen (Jan. 28)
Fencing in Democracy: Border Walls, Necrocitizenship, and the Security State by Miguel Díaz-Barriga and Margaret E. Dorsey (Jan. 31)
A Map Is Only One Story: Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home, edited by Nicole Chung and Mensah Demary (Feb. 11)
These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card (Mar. 3)
Afterlife by Julia Alvarez (Apr. 7)
How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang (Apr. 7)
No Justice in the Shadows: How America Criminalizes Immigrants by Alina Das (Apr. 14)
Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud (Apr. 14)
Passage West by Rishi Reddi (Apr. 21)
Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America by Laila Lalami (Apr. 28)
One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle over American Immigration, 1924-1965 by Jia Lynn Yang (May 19)
The above linked article notes the ten best books of 2019, according to the NY Times. I got to none of these books last year. Some of them sound interesting, though.