20 terrific tomes for your TBR: to be read
1Q84

1Q84

Set in 1984 Tokyo, a woman enters a parallel universe, while a ghostwriter takes on a project that's not what it seems. The two storylines converge over the course of the year, exploring fantasy, self-discovery, religion, love, and loneliness. The translation itself has been highly praised. On my TBR because a friend who loves it calls it "the longest book you'll never, not once, lose interest in." 925 pages. More info →
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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

This is one of the few nonfiction works on this list, from the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for journalism. An essential read about a slice of forgotten American history detailing the decades-long migration of almost six million black citizens from the South to the North and West between 1915 and 1970, hoping for a better life, and how their resettlement changed the face of America. Wilkerson focuses on the stories of three individuals, giving us both an intimate portrayal and Big Picture view of what they experienced and how this changed the country. Listen to Traci Thomas rave out this book in Episode 162 of What Should I Read Next: The best bad ending you'll ever read. 622 pages. More info →
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The Priory of the Orange Tree

The Priory of the Orange Tree

What’s not to love about an intersecting tale about an unmarried queen who must bear a daughter to save her kingdom, a spy posing as a lady-in-waiting, and a dragonrider? Fantasy is often composed of series and this standalone is a welcome exception. 846 pages. More info →
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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha Book 1)

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha Book 1)

Magic is forbidden in Orïsha but Zélie Adebola remembers and now she has a chance to bring it back and bring down the monarchy. I downloaded this as an audiobook when it first came out; it clocks in at nearly 18 hours. 537 pages. More info →
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The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South

Renowned culinary historian Michael Twitty traces his family roots (both Black and white) from Africa to America and the history of Southern cuisine in this richly drawn memoir. I've had this ARC on my nightstand since well before the book was published. 477 pages. More info →
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