The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – 5 stars This exploration of Henrietta Lacks’ life, death, and afterlife through HeLa cells, taken and sold without her consent, was fascinating and so, so important. Skloot weaves it all together beautifully.
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray – 4 stars This Victorian satire is long but completely worth it. It’s hilarious, and I had such a great time following the main character, Becky Sharp.
Everything Below the Waist: Why Heath Care Needs a Feminist Revolution by Jennifer Block – 4 stars This book gives an overview of all the problems in women’s healthcare, and it’s a lot. It’s such an important book that provides information that all women need to know. But it’s also terrifying.
Lyric Poems by John Keats – 4 stars I didn’t expect to love this as much as I did. I had a rough time with the first few sonnets, but once I got to the odes I was head over heals for Keats!
Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip – 3 stars There wasn’t anything necessarily wrong with this; the plot was interesting and there were great concepts. I just couldn’t connect with the characters and felt that the writing kept me at a constant distance. Full Review
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum – 4.5 stars This story of a toxic, co-dependent relationship and a teenage boy’s break from reality was absolutely amazing. I adored it, and there will be a review coming soon.