(This list excludes a few poetry books that should be on this list because they are listed here)
Set in Nigeria. The female protagonist has a hard life with many trials and upsets but she triumphs in the end. This is a transcendent book and I highly recommend that you listen to the audio version since it is written in vernacular.
2. I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood by Tiara Clark
A poetry collection which deals with tough topics like racism and sexism.
3. Saving My Enemy by Bob Welch
The true story of two soldiers, an American GI and a German soldier, who met on the 60th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge (WWII) and formed a deep friendship by forgiving each other for their part in the war. This is WWII story the likes of which I've never read before and I was so touched by it. Want to find out more? Please read my review here.
4. The Atlas of Happiness: The Global Secrets of How to Be Happy by Helen Russell
Country by county Helen introduces the reader to words and concepts that people in that region use to find happiness and contentment in their circumstances.
5. Violet Bent Backwards in the Grass by Lana Del Ray
The first poetry collection by this singer/songwriter.
6. Fred Rogers: The Last Interview and Other Conversations by Fred Rogers
We all love Mr. Rogers and what he created in his neighborhood. If you read these interviews and conversations, done near the end of his life, you will be reminded why you like him so much. This book was gifted to me by Deb Nance at Readerbuzz. Thank you.
7. Dune by Frank Herbert
Reading this classic Sci-Fi book knocked off my one reading goal of the year---to read Dune. Not a personal favorite but I can certainly see why this book has stood the test of time. I listened to the audiobook which was very well-done.
8. Day is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute by Maya Angelou
One hero of mine honoring another hero in this beautiful poem.
9. A Promised Land by Barack Obama
My husband and I started this audiobook back in December and we finally finished it in April. I love Obama and followed his Presidency, so most of the information was not news to me. I just didn't like how long it took for us to finish the book (29+ hours of listening.)
10. A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green
This is the second book in the Carls series. I loved the first book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, and found a lot to like in this sequel. Another audiobook selection for me.