As far as reading is concerned, the year is off to a great start. Here’s what I read to wrap up 2018 and kick off 2019.
The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo
Written in verse, this YA novel follows Xiomara Batista as she sets out to discover herself—separate from her parents’ expectations, separate from the church she grew up in, and separate from the stereotypes that go along with her curves. A National Book Award winner, Acevedo’s debut novel reminds readers of all ages what it’s like to find your voice.
This anthology by a whole host of bang-up YA novelists is a collection of short stories featuring—you guessed it—the moment two people meet. From out-there science fiction to down-home realism, the stories range from cute to thought provoking in this quick, lighthearted read.
Becoming, by Michelle Obama
The former first lady’s memoir skyrocketed to 2018’s bestselling book within weeks of its publication. And for good reason. Her witty, conversational tone and her unapologetic candor bring a distinctly personal touch to a memoir about race, family, politics, and the power of hope.