The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen
Beautiful and tragic, The Bird and the Blade is a tale that will not leave me soon. It is based on the opera Turandot by Giacomo Puccini! The writing in this book is melodic. It carried me along gently from page to page, until I found myself at the end. The setting of the story and the history sets this book apart from everything else out right now. Part opera, part Persian folklore, and wholly unique.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects brings its readers into a world full of inescapable consequences. Flynn’s descriptions leave no room for wonder—but a dark melody of its own. I’m finding it almost painful to put down. It’s been a few years since I’ve partook in a good mystery novel and now it will be hard to pull myself away.
A False Report: A true story of rape in America by T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong
Expanded from their 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning article, An Unbelievable Story of Rape, this is a read that is haunting, infuriating, and illuminating all in one. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but an extremely worthwhile read for anyone who is interested in true crime of even reproductive justice.