Q: What is the First Book You Plan to Read in 2020?
May we offer some suggestions?
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
Goodreads rating: 4.25/5
Based on the hit Amazon Prime Video Series, Good Omens was one of 2019’s most anticipated books. It stands to reason the main characters, Aziraphale and Crowley (an angel and a demon, respectively) should be natural-born enemies, but having spent eons in each other’s company, they have developed an unorthodox friendship. If you’re curious how they manage this unconventional friendship—while trying to still fulfill their role in “The Grand Plan”—then this comedic fantasy book is a must-read for you. Click here for more information!
The Editor by Steven Rowley
Goodreads rating: 3.78/5
After spending most of the 1990s struggling to establish himself as a writer, James Smale finally gets his big break; none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, editor at a big publishing house, has taken an interest in his yet-unfinished autobiographical novel. However, James cannot finish his novel without also exposing his own dysfunctional family. The book’s impending publication threatens his relationships with both his family and his famous editor. Click here for more information!
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
Goodreads rating: 3.56/5
From New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella comes a page-turning story of family life, love, and the professional journey of a modern young woman. Protagonist Fixie Farr, usually tends to say no to strangers needing favors, but when a man in a coffee shop asks her to guard his laptop, she agrees. To thank Fixie, the man writes an IOU on a paper coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. This chance encounter sets off a cycle of favors and between the two, which progress from small favors to genuine life-changing moments. Does this mean Fixie will finally get the opportunity to grab the life (and love) she so desperately wants? Find out by clicking here for more information!
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Goodreads rating: 4.06/5
Henrietta Lacks was a poor Virginia tobacco farmer who worked the same land generations of her slave ancestors once did. Little did she know that cells collected from her body would be used to create one of the most important tools in modern medicine. Lacks died at age 31 from cervical cancer while undergoing treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951, but cells taken during a biopsy lived on; becoming the first-ever “immortal” cells grown in a culture outside the human body. That culture, dubbed “HeLa,” is still being used for medical research today. However, Lacks’ family was neither informed of, nor gave consent to the scientists who created a multi-billion-dollar industry with their late family member’s cells and continued to live in poverty while rich scientists continued to make a profit. Author Rebecca Skloot details the true story of how a single cell led to incredible breakthroughs like the polio vaccine, cloning, and genome mapping. For more information on this New York Times Best Seller click here!
The Au Pair by Emma Rous
Goodreads Rating: 3.69/5
Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. On the day they were born, their mother threw herself off a cliff. Fast-forward to today: Seraphine is an adult, and her father has recently passed away. While going through his belongings, she discovers a photo that was taken on the day she and her brother were born. In the photo, her mother and father pose with their young son and a mystery baby. Who is the child in the photo? This raises questions about what actually happened the day she was born. Join Seraphine as she attempts to discover the truth about her past. For more information, click here!
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