- Cult of Two by Michael Faudet
- The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in this One by Amanda Lovelace
- My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoche Williams
- Inward by Yung Pueblo
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- The Cheater’s Guide to Love by Junot Díaz
2020 enters a new decade, and with this new decade, perhaps it’s a good time to read books which push our thinking on how to live most authentically and true to ourselves (in the case of My Friend Anna, this is a story about quite literally living an honest life versus living a lie). Perhaps it is living out our truths in the most authentic way possible can we work towards affecting the change that we hope to see in the world. I have this hope as we enter into the new decade, it’s pure and simple, and yet increasingly difficult to come across in society.
The themes which arise most poignantly throughout these books include love, healing, introspection, and perhaps most importantly, pluralism. As our pluralistic society begins to fade, we must foster this by being the example of it in acting in sincere kindness to one another everyday. I don’t think we should underestimate the power of pluralism and in acceptance. By accepting ourselves and others as we are, the real work in improving the world’s state begins.
“And because love, real love, is not so easily shed.” – Junot Díaz