As a self-identified dectuple-booker (someone who reads ten books at once,) there is always something new on my reading list. This usually happens when I go to Barnes and Noble to pick out one new book, but I realize there are about 7,569 books I’d ideally like to read as well. So I add them to my mental list, and slowly but surely, I get through all of them. Currently, these are the five books I’ve got my eyes set on reading right now.

American Street | Ibi Zoboi

I was really pleased to see that Barnes and Noble dedicated an entire section to Black young adult authors, and while I wish I could have bought all of those books on the shelf, I decided to settle for just one in my budget. This book stood out to me the most because I think it has a perfect combination of elements: education, strong story-telling, and page-turning emotion. The book has almost five stars on every site I’ve visited, and it was even nominated as a National Book Award Finalist! I am super excited to crack open this one and get started on it.

The All-Night Sun | Diane Zinna

I actually picked up this book on the same Barnes & Noble trip as the last book I mentioned. I always judge a book by the inside blurb, and as soon as I opened this one and read it, I was immediately dying to know more about what happens. I love a book with a good twist, and this story sounds like it has some juicy ones! I’ve never heard of this author before, but I’m looking forward to checking out some of her other work if I end up liking this novel! I’ll be sure to let you know what I think.

Gingerbread | Helen Oyeyemi 

I’ve read books by Helen Oyeyemi before, and I really think she is such a phenomenal, unique author. Her writing style is so fresh and the characters are so memorable, they stick with me for years after reading. I’ve actually been pushing Nathaniel to read Mr. Fox by Oyeyemi, which is one of my favorites. Gingerbread sounds like such a sweet book to me, especially considering the name, and it’s definitely going to be the next book I purchase at Barnes and Noble.

Second Chance Summer | Morgan Matson

This is actually a book I’ve read a few times before, but I didn’t actually own it until yesterday, when I picked it up at Barnes and Noble. The first time I read it was in high school, and I cried so hard, I didn’t even know what to do with myself after I finished it. I read it again a couple of years later, and it was another round of the waterworks, so I’m fully expecting to cry a third time! I think the reason I get so emotional from this book is because it focuses around the complicated relationship between a father and his daughter, and that really hits home for me. I’m glad it’s finally officially in my collection, and I can’t wait to read it again. And probably cry. 

The Likeness | Tana French

Slowly but surely, I am indulging myself by eating up every Tana French title available. I just simply love her mystery novels, and every few months, I make a point of picking up a new one. Her plots are so singular and complex, I can’t even imagine having so much creativity and organization to pen these stories! Each one is so different as well, but they all share similar themes: deceit, nostalgia, secrets unearthed, and chilling plot twists. If you’re a fan of mystery/thrillers, Tana French’s work is a MUST. My favorite thus far is In the Woods, so I’d recommend checking out that one first. 

That’s everything I’m currently looking forward to reading right now! As you can see, I already own a few of them, but I’d like to finish up some of the other books I’m reading before I start more. I’ll be sure to update you guys in a few months on my progress with these!

With the current circumstances, I’ve had a lot of time to crack down and get some much-needed reading done. I’m the kind of person who loves to re-read books, so if some of these titles look familiar, that’s why! However, there are several new books that I’m super excited to dive into right now. I hope you find this article helpful and informative, and maybe, it will encourage you to pick up some new novels as well. *Side note: these are not all of the books I’m reading, just about two thirds of them! Altogether, I’m currently reading about sixteen books.*

Memoirs of a Geisha | Arthur Golden | Historical Fiction Watch Memoirs Of A Geisha | Prime Video

This is probably my fifth time reading Memoirs of a Geisha, and I can assure you it will not be the last. I LOVE this book. I remember the first time I read it was for a school project in high school, and though I dreaded the idea of a book assignment at first, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the story and devour the entire novel. I think one of the reasons I love this book so much is because of how much I identify with Sayuri’s sensitivity and empathy. It’s truly a beautiful, fluid, elegant recount of Japanese history, and I get a great deal of peace and clarity from reading these pages.

Slaughterhouse Five | Kurt Vonnegut | Satire, War Novel, Science Fiction

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I’d always heard of Slaughterhouse Five, but I’d never read it before now or even knew what it was about. However, about three weeks ago or so, I was in my boyfriend’s dorm room and noticed a copy of the book under his bed. He assured me I would love it and gave me the copy to borrow, and goodness was he right. It’s not a difficult book to read grammatically, but the subject matter and the themes are really deep and sometimes quite difficult to stomach. I laughed a few times throughout the book, but to be honest, I mostly cried. I’ve been touched so much by this unique, unexpected story, and I almost don’t want it to end. Highly recommended by me if you haven’t read it already!

Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips | Mystery, Psychological Thriller

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I actually just finished reading this book a couple of days ago, and since then, I’ve been scouring the internet for forums, threads, and discussions about this incredible book. It’s a perfect combination of mystery thriller with soft, elegant storytelling, and unlike many mystery novels, it’s not gory or graphic at all. The story can seem a bit fragmented at times, but trust me when I say it all comes together beautifully at the end. The final chapter of the book absolutely shocked me, and I’ve been thinking about it (and searching the internet for discussions) ever since. I would recommend this book to all book lovers, crime junkies or not. 

The Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu | Novel, Fiction

BBC - Culture - The Tale of Genji: The world's first novel?

I tend to be drawn to big books, so it’s no surprise I had to buy this giant 1300 page piece of beauty. Fun fact about this book; it’s believed to be one of the first (or even THE first) novels ever written. I’ll be upfront now and say this book isn’t for light readers- it’s translated from ancient Japanese, and it’s LONG AF, but I personally think the story is very interesting and beautiful. Considering the history of the novel and the amount of times it’s been translated, I actually find the writing to be very fluid and elegant to read. Essentially, the novel centers around a man named Genji and his intense mommy issues (and how that manifests in his love affairs.) So far, I’m a fan. Only about 1200 pages left. 

Anne of Avonlea | L.M. Montgomery | Novel, Fiction

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Although many people don’t know this, Anne of Green Gables is actually a part of an eight-book series that details Anne’s entire adult life, and even the lives of her children. Anne of Avonlea is the second book in the series, so it picks up right after Anne and Gilbert rekindle their friendship and become teachers. I love reading about the adventures and mishaps of our hero, Anne Shirley, so of course I am always excited to see where her story continues and flourishes. If I am correct, this is my third time reading the story, and I am just as interested now as I was the first time I ever picked up Anne of Green Gables. It’s a perfect, classic story, and I think everyone should read it at least once in their life. 

Sisters in Law | Linda Hirshman | Biography

Interview: Linda Hirshman, Author Of 'Sisters In Law' : NPR

This book is a little bit different than the other ones I’m reading, because it’s a nonfiction, biographical account rather than a whimsical story. I’m actually very interested in history and nonfiction pieces, particularly those centered around women, so I was really excited to pick up this book. I really enjoy a review on the back of the book that describes it as “gossipy,” because that’s exactly how the book feels. I love kicking my feet up on the couch and cracking open this book to see what Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor are up to, and I especially love the cultural and historical insight this book gives me as a woman. It’s truly a remarkable recount. 

The Tubman Command  | Elizabeth Cobbs | Historical Fiction

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It’s a little known fact that I am a huge Harriet Tubman stan, as I have been since I read all about her in second grade. It probably goes without saying that I was absolutely thrilled when I came across this book over winter break in a local bookstore, and I had to buy it on the spot. I love that this story is historically accurate in several ways, but also adds a sense of whimsical and magical adventure. If you love historical fiction and strong female leads, I highly recommend picking up this book. 

In A Dark, Dark Wood | Ruth Ware | Psychological Fiction

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This is yet another book I’ve read before, but I loved it so much, I had to pick it up again. I’m really drawn to mystery novels and psychological thrillers, and this book in particular really pulled me and left me feeling amazed by the last chapter. I also loved the setting of the novel: a bachelorette party in the middle of the woods? Of course it’s bound to be a wild story. It’s not as creepy as some of the other mystery stories, but it’s still a great story that I enjoy getting sucked into. 

America: The Last Best Hope | William J. Bennett | American History

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Like I said before, I’m really interested in history and nonfiction, so I’ve been slowly but surely getting through this giant recollection of American history. I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of William J. Bennett himself, but this is an interesting book and I’m finding the content to be very informative. I feel like it’s really important to have an understanding of where you come from and what has shaped the modern times, and that’s exactly why I’m reading this collection. I’m especially looking forward to reading about World War II, which comes in the second volume. 

All The Light We Cannot See | Anthony Doerr | Historical Fiction All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel (9781501173219 ...

Admittedly, I bought this Pulitzer-prize winning book ages ago and just haven’t stuck with it (and then I forget what happened, so I start over!) However, I am determined to get through the book this time. It’s a beautiful, elegant, almost poetic fictitious story of two paths crossed during World War II, and I absolutely love the writing style. Interestingly, the short yet impactful lines actually remind me quite a bit of Kurt Vonnegut’s writing style. If you liked Memoirs of a Geisha, I guarantee you’ll like this story as well. They’re both gorgeous, fluid retellings of true history, with a storytelling twist. 

I hope you found this article helpful and informative! Maybe it will even inspire you to pick up a few new reads yourself during this awkward period of quarantine. Have you read any of these books before? Let me know in the comments!