Nothing to Envy – Barbara Demick

Short & Sweet: Nothing to Envy is a surreal peek behind the curtain of the lives of six North Korean defectors and their families. Rather than a dry report of the crimes behind the regime, this novel discusses the day-to-day of ordinary citizens, and the trials they face. An absolute staple for any reader interested in North Korea.

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Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman

Short & Sweet: Harking back to the older, simpler days of storytelling, Norse Mythology utilizes a short, tale-a-chapter method of presenting old Norse myths and tales, with characters we’re all familiar with at the forefront. Simple and straightforward, but wonderful all the same.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

Short and Sweet: Set firmly on the line between reality and fantasy, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a phenomenal story of star-crossed love, betrayal, loss, and hope against all odds. Characters are 3D, their motivations just as clear, all set against a centuries-long war with the two who seek to turn the tide for peace. One of the most well-written and engaging YA novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading, to date.
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