I've set a personal challenge for myself to read one book every week this 2020-2021 school year.
Week 1: 23 August 2020:
Natasha Preston "The Cellar"
A gripping tale of abduction and being held captive for an extended period of time along the lines of Emma Donoghue's "Room" and Lucy Christopher's "Stolen."
Week 2: 30 August 2020:
Zeyn Joukhadar "The Map of Salt and Stars"
Lyrical story about a Syrian family's journey across the Middle East and Northern Afria to find refuge in Spain paralleled with a 12th century story that mirrors their experience, beautiful and brutal at the same time.
Week 3: 6 September 2020:
John Boyne "Boy In The Striped Pajamas"
Uniquely innocent account of the Holocaust from the point of view of a nine-year-old boy whose father is a high-up official in Hitler's army and in charge of the concentration camp, Auschwitz, while the boy is quite clueless about the whole thing.
Week 4: 13 September 2020:
Marie Lu "Legend"
First in the Legend series, which is a science fiction series set in a dystopian world in the future where there is a massive divide between the haves and have nots and young people are tested to see if they can be trained to be soldiers defending the "Republic of America."
Week 5: 20 September 2020:
Jasmin Darznik "Song of a Captive Bird"
A work of fiction based on the life of progressive and iconoclastic Iranian poet, Forough Farokhzad, a powerful piece of work that instantly sends you running to Farokhzad's poetry and to learning more about her life.
Week 6: 27 September 2020:
Lemn Sissay: "My Name Is Why"
Renowned poet and author Lemn Sissay's heartwrenching memoir about growing up in the UK's child care system in the late '60s and throughout the '70s and early '80s.
Week 7: 4 October 2020
Woody Allen "Apropos of Nothing"
Autobiography of the award-winning and prolific writer, comic, actor and director, which also addresses his accusations of him molesting his adopted daughter and marrying his girlfriend's adopted daughter.
Week 8: 11 October 2020
Mike Hilleary "On the Record: Music Journalists on Their Lives, Craft and Careers"
Non-fiction collection about the world of music journalists put together from quotes from music journalists. Great insight if you're looking into going into this career.
Week 9: 18 October 2020
Elizabeth Acevedo "Clap When You Land"
This is the third novel in verse from the author of Poet X, wonderful story about sisters with the same dad who didn't know anything about each other, one living in the Dominican Republic, the other living in New York, impossible to put down with minimum words with maximum impact, this is a quick but powerful read.