Flash Talk 2015

I love to read and when I know a reader that tends to stick to one genre, I like to find them some alternatives to branch out and try new things. (And remember: Read anything you want! There’s no such thing as a guilty pleasure.) So if you’re here, I’ve got a few suggestions for you! 🙂

Reasons to read fiction:

Here are the four books I recommended in my flash talk (plus a few bonus suggestions):

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
keywords: fiction, young adult, secret society, feminist, humor, private school

About a teen girl named Frankie who finds out about an all-male secret society at her school and investigates a mystery around it. She’s super smart, possibly a future criminal mastermind. There are pranks & it’s fun to read.

Also recommend: Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
keywords: non-fiction, memoir, social justice, racial inequality, racism, history

This book made me cry on an airplane. It’s an essay from the author to his 15-year-old son trying to come to terms with what it means to grow up as a black man in America in 2015. He asserts: Doing violence to the black body is an American legacy and tradition. It’s not a failure of the system. It is part of the system. It doesn’t soften things to cater to what white people might be more comfortable hearing. It’s heartfelt, painful, and honest.

Also recommend: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s writing elsewhere (like on The Atlantic), The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Romance sales are over $1 billion/year. They account for 17% of all fiction sales (only the very broad “general fiction” category sales more). See here for some great infographics on reading romance & sales. http://www.dangerousbooksforgirls.com/infographics

The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan
keywords: fiction, romance, historical fiction, newspaper, publishing, women’s roles, women’s suffrage

Set in 1877, about a woman who is editor and owner of the Women’s Free Press, known for its outspoken support of women’s rights and votes for women. It’s got lots of historical detail and social commentary, plus the romance for added interest.

Also recommend: the rest of the same series by Courtney Milan, Sarah MacLean’s Love By Numbers series

Reboot by Amy Tintera
keywords: fiction, young adult, science fiction, horror, dystopia, zombies

Wren, now 17-years-old, was killed & after 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas.

Also recommend: The Way We Fall, Ashes, The 5th Wave