There are classic books which most people are familiar with, then there are modern books. Modern books will grab your attention and pull you in immediately. Here are some of the best books in the last 5 years.

We have all seen the news lately. This book, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, starts with a fairytale ending and ends with everyone’s worst nightmare. In the beginning, newlyweds Celestial and Roy begin their married life. Then, Roy is wrongfully convicted of rape and murder. This emotional tale will pull you in and not let you go until the last page. This novel will get you thinking about modern-day issues such as wrongful conviction and imprisonment, emotional turmoil in a marriage, and prejudice in the justice system.

If your mind is fixed on feminism, then pick up The Power by Naomi Alderman. This features a dystopian world in which women are physically dominant. With the touch of a hand, they send electric shock waves to whoever and whatever they please. Your imagination will be transported to a world in which the social dynamics have been turned in a way only Naomi could have dreamed of.

If you’re looking for historical fiction, then try reading Hamnet. This novel takes place during the Black Death in which the world is seen through William Shakespeares’ eyes. Seen through the eyes of a brilliant author, set in a time where the world was crumbling. Any reader of Hamnet is sure to be transported to a time and place of wonder and disaster. Written by Maggie O’Farrel, this book won the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

If you’re looking for an in-depth novel that will take you inside of a character’s life, look no further than Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo. This diverse and wide-reaching tale will grab your heartstrings with its poetic style and intrigue. The characters’ stories are linked together through the masterful style of Evaristo. Evaristo’s purpose, to engage the reader in a story of being Black and British throughout history.
Finally, if Greek mythology is your vibe, consider picking up the New York Times Bestseller Circe. In this tale, Madeline Miller tells a story of a place where mortals and gods collide. The story follows Circe, who is banished to a remote island by the vengeful Zeus.

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