What I’ve Been Reading Recently: May 2022 Edition 

It’s mid-May and I’ve read 11 books so far! I’m back in one of those situations where I’ve been reading a ton and haven’t necessarily been writing full reviews, so I figured I would take today to talk about a few of my recent reads. 

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir – All My Rage is for sure a favorite YA book of 2022. Yes, I am still hiding in shame that I still have not picked up An Ember in the Ashes (maybe one day?!), but wow, will I be picking up any more contemporary novels from Sabaa Tahir. All My Rage follows two best friends, Noor and Salahudin, living in Juniper, California, and the way their lives unfold as the two lose someone very close to them. The book explores so many themes, including hope, dreams, loss, the experience of being an Muslim American teen in a not-so diverse place, bullying and intolerance, and so much more. Definitely a gut-punch of a read, but I loved how everything came together in the end. This book is for sure going to be a staple YA contemporary or classic. 

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead – I feel like I’ve seen In My Dreams I Hold a Knife everywhere over the past few months and decided to borrow it from the library on a whim. I love college-set books, and this thriller takes on a college twist, as the book transitions between protagonist Jessica’s college years and life ten years later at her college reunion. Jessica reunites with nearly all of her college friends – one of the friends, Heather, was brutally murdered months before graduation from Duquette (which is apparently based on Duke?). I flew through this thriller, having loved unpacking each friend’s life and the events leading up to Heather’s murder. There were a few twists and I’m glad that the book wasn’t super predictable, as the suspect was not who I imagined it’d be! 

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