Looking for more books to add to your bookshelves at your new apartment in Tulsa, OK? Now is a great time to curl up on the couch with a good book, but if you’ve read everything in your Tulsa apartment, don’t worry. These top picks from the past year (or two—we may have cheated on a couple!) will help you escape, expand your mind, warm your heart, or sharpen your cultural consciousness. Whatever your cup of tea, there’s something for you on this list!
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
This novel was the winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fantasy in 2019 and is part of a long streak of excellent fantasy novels written by Leigh Bardugo. If you haven’t heard of Leigh or her “Grishaverse” fantasy world, don’t worry, that won’t trip you up at all. This book is the first in a series of novels about Alex Stern, a student at Yale and survivor of an unsolved multiple homicide case tracking down threads of occult secret societies while juggling the impact of trauma, heartache, and uncertainty.
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
If you haven’t heard of N.K. Jemisin, we’re thrilled to have the chance to introduce you to this incredible speculative fiction writer! While we also highly recommend her Broken Earth Trilogy, The City We Became is another great read, so great in fact that it was a Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fantasy in 2020. This novel follows a cast of characters who go through a supernatural awakening to realize that they are the boroughs of New York City—literally. This new way of being is as dangerous as it is confusing because an otherworldly enemy seeks to stomp them out. In order to survive, they must band together…but not everyone is convinced.
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
This novel is the Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and an incredible read for fans of historical fiction. It’s based on the real story of a horrific juvenile reform school that operated for 111 years. The story follows Elwood Curtis, a Black boy in Tallahassee in the 1960s, whose friendships and ideals struggle to stand in the face of a cruel world.
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
If you’re a fan of graphic novels and comics, you might love Heartstopper, a series of books which won the Goodreads Choice Award for Graphic Novel in 2020. It follows the friendship and romance between two students at an all-boys grammar school. An easy and heartwarming read, this graphic novel is suitable for young adults, but will also hold the interest of adult readers.
The End of the Myth by Greg Grandin
This Pulitzer Prize Winner for General Nonfiction in 2020 traces the origins and evolution of the American frontier as a guiding notion behind American identity. It’s subtitle, “From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America,” belies its sweeping scope, but the book is nevertheless a digestible read, even for non-historians. Grandin argues that expansionism has acted as a “gate of escape,” that allows those in power to deflect domestic political and economic conflicts, to the detriment of society. If politics, history, and nonfiction are your jam, this may be the book for you.
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