The Fall 2020 Booklist You Need Right Now
Posted on August 27 2020
We love a good book. Whenever autumn comes around, the days are shorter, the nights grow longer and there is nothing more relaxing than cozying up with a pumpkin spiced latte and a mesmerizing read. Today on Zeena Uncovered, we’re stocking our shelves with some tried-and-true page turners we know you’ll love. It’s time to spruce up your booklist with a little romance, a few harrowing escapes and a just enough fantasy to feed your inner bookworm!
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – The newest addition to the Hunger Games saga, author Suzanne Collins spins a new tale about 18-year old Coriolanus Snow who is given the impossible task of mentoring a hopeless female tribute from District 12. When Snow begins to have feelings for his doomed student, each choice he makes could lead to victory or disaster, inside and outside of the arena.
If You Tell – Raised by an abusive mother, sisters Nikki, Sami and Tori, risk everything to overcome the unimaginable horrors of their childhood home and write their own futures. A tale of survival and the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood, this true-crime novel will shock and inspire.
Anna Karenina – We love a classic, and this 1878 masterpiece by Leo Tolstoy is still arguably one of the best novels of all time. A cautionary romance filled with beauty and contradiction, love and despair, fall under the charms of Anna as she weaves her way through high society.
The Girl with Seven Names – A true story of survival, Hyeonseo Lee chronicles her harrowing escape from North Korea during the 1990’s famine and the 12-year journey she endures before being reunited with her family again.
The Lovely War – As told by the goddess Aphrodite, The Lovely War is a tragically romantic story about four star-crossed lovers during WWII. “They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect turned soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past,” (Amazon). With their fates intertwined, Aphrodite must spin their tale to save her own skin – think Scheherazade on Mt. Olympus.
All American Boys – Ripped from the headlines, All American Boys couldn't be more timely in the wake of the BLM movement. In a case of mistaken identity, 16-year old Rashad is brutally beaten by police outside the neighborhood bodega. By chance, his high-school classmate, Quinn, captures the painful moments on a cell phone camera, which unleashes a tornado of truth and lies as racial tensions tear their quiet town part.