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The Uncorked Librarian focuses on diverse books to inspire travel and inspirational fiction and nonfiction. Discover what books TUL is currently reading each month with these mini-book reviews.

Along with new book releases, see what we are currently reading here at The Uncorked Librarian.

Some of these titles will focus on our 2021 Uncorked Reading Challenge while others might include quarterly group reads for our Facebook community, Uncorked Readers.

Plus, as TUL builds new book lists and travels throughout the year, you might find books set in a specific destination around the world. We also love the occasional bestseller and/or must-read new book to keep up with the cool kids.

Lastly, we are smitten with Book of the Month. Find a few opinions about BOTM selections. You may join us and sign-up for BOTM here→

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Uncover diverse books to read each month and see what we are loving (and not loving). This reading list will help you with our Uncorked Reading Challenge, Book of the Month Selections, must-read books, and oldies but goodies.

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Currently Reading Winter 2021

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Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

Book About Racism | U.S. History & Slavery | Oprah’s Book Club
August 2020

One of the most relevant and thought-provoking books of 2020, Wilkerson discusses how like India and Nazi Germany, America has its own caste system. Our caste system began with slavery and inspired Nazi Germany for how to manage marginalized groups and guard white supremacy.

Caste is a social order that is so woven into the fabric of American society, it is second nature to us to uphold it. We don’t even question it.

Wilkerson defines caste as a system that holds everyone in their place and withholds privilege, resources, humanity, and kindness from people who are lowest on the hierarchy. In America, our hierarchy is first based on someone’s skin color.

Told through stories of hate crimes, slavery, and abuse, Caste is an eye-opening, must-read. Book Information→

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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

YA Romeo & Juliet Retelling | Political Fiction Set In Shanghai China | Book Of The Month
November 2020

A lengthy multicultural Romeo and Juliet retelling set in Shanghai, China in the mid-1920s,  I have mixed feelings about These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong.  This 3.5-star romance is a solid political fiction novel. However, the plot needs some clean-up, and the sloggy storytelling falls short.

Juliette Cai is back from America and trying to avoid her family enemy, Roma Montagov.  Although in rival gangs that shoot on sight, Juliette has never really fallen out of love with Roma — even though he betrayed her.

With a monster plaguing the streets of Shanghai – insects that cause people to rip out their own throats — the Communist Party moving in, and European foreigners trying to carve out their piece of the county, Juliette and Roma decide to team up to go up against them all.

Can they save Shanghai?  What about their doomed love? Book Information→

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In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Book Of The Month | Christmas Family Fiction Set In Utah | Time Travel
October 2020

In A Holidaze is a sexy and sweet rom-com sure to put you in the holiday spirit if you love movies like Holidates or Groundhog’s Day or if you are looking for Christmas family gathering books. 

A 3.5 to 4-star book set in Utah, Mae leaves her family and friend’s Christmas vacation home after drunkenly making out with an old childhood friend. Blame the spiked eggnog. Unfortunately, Mae’s secretly in love with her best friend’s brother, Andrew.

On the ride to the airport, Mae wishes for happiness just as a truck hits her parent’s car.  Mae is caught in a time travel loop where her dreams start coming true.  Is it too good to last? What happens when she isn’t happy once again? Book Information→

Currently Reading 2020

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Currently Reading September 2020 blog post cover with book covers for The Death of Vivek Oji, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, Convenience Store Woman, The Vegetarian, The Nickel Boys, and The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse
Currently Reading August 2020 blog post cover with book covers for Metallic Red, How To Be An Antiracist, The Vanishing Half, Dear Martin, Big Friendship, and The Beauty In Breaking
Currently Reading July 2020 blog post cover with book covers for Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid, Home Before Dark by Riley Sager, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, A Burning by Megha Majumdar, Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, and Over The Top by Jonathan Van Ness
Currently Reading June 2020 blog post cover with book covers for Untamed by Glennon Doyle, Happy & You Know It by Laura Hankin, Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan, Ask Again Yes by Math Beth Keane, Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore and A Girl Like You By Michelle Cox

Currently Reading May 2020 Reading List with book covers for In Five Years, Beach Read, Dear Edward, Little Fires Everywhere, Building A StoryBrand, and Daisy Jones & The Six
Currently Reading April 2020 book reviews and book covers for Becoming, Writers & Lovers, The Henna Wars, and Girl, Wash Your Face
Currently Reading March 2020 blog post cover with book covers for Harley in the Sky, The Socialite, Flame in the Mist, and Smoke in the Sun
Currently Reading February 2020 with book covers for Anna K and The Caroline Paintings