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RWD's Recent Reads

We know how hard it is to keep up with your reading goals, especially as we enter the fourth month of the year and start to lose that start-of-the-year momentum. So, we've compiled a list of some of the RWD leadership team's favorite recent reads to add to your tbr!

Ashley (Internal Programs Lead): Gone Girl

Author: Jillian Flynn

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Who Ashley would recommend this book to : "I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries and uncovering the truth! The story alternates between the points of view of Amy and Nick, two main characters, each chapter further unraveling secrets of Amy’s disappearance. (There are some darker themes, so read with caution!)"

Eryn (Social Media Manager): The Anarchy of Colored Girls Assembled in Riotous Manner

Author: Saidiya Hartman

Genre: Non-Fiction

Eryn's thoughts about this book: "Very cool life. I would recommend it to anyone who feels like the accepted ways of living life sound gross. it's basically a biography of Esther Brown who lived her life her own way"

What Eryn is looking forward to reading in 2022: "Fanfiction"

Trinh (Program Manager): Radio Silence

Author: Alice Oseman

Genre: YA Fiction

Trinh's thoughts about this book: "Although Radio Silence was not my favorite book of 2021, I think it'd be a great read for a lot of teenagers! This YA novel centers around Frances, who believes her only purpose and talent lies in academia. But she's also secretly obsessed with a sci-fi podcast and builds a deep friendship with its creator, which helps both of them realize that they're capable of changing their lives. Something about it feels very real and true to The Teenage Experience™. I love how it deals with common issues that teenagers face in regards to fitting in, figuring out their identities, and forging a future separate from the impositions of their parents or society."

What Trinh is looking forward to reading in 2022: The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Bryan (Program Manager): Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice)

Author: Yoshitoki Ōima

Genre: Manga

Who Bryan recommends this book to: "I recommend it to most anime watchers as the movie was a good adaption to the manga. Plus, the themes in the movie is more darker in the manga."

Karen (Program Manager): Born a Crime

Author: Trevor Noah

Genre: Memoir

Karen's thoughts about this book: Born a Crime is a great way to begin diving into the world of memoirs and autobiographies. Noah expertly navigates his complicated childhood in apartheid through personal narratives and witty quips that tie the book together. It’s an amazing read; you can’t help but become fascinated by Noah’s stellar storytelling.

What Karen is looking forward to reading in 2022: What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About

Max (Program Manager): Night Train to Lisbon

Author: Pascal Mercier

Genre: Literary Fiction

Who Max recommends this book to: "I would recommend this book to readers who like books that are philosophical and thought provoking. I liked the fact that there's a book within the book that guides the main character on his journey."

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