A book for book lovers! Theo Fumis loves books, but because he lives in the slums, the town librarian refuses to let him borrow books or even set foot inside the library. That doesn't stop him from sneaking in to read them though! Due to his mixed ancestry, easily apparent by his pointed ears and blonde hair, Theo is shunned by nearly all of the town's residence, and books are his only escape from his harsh life. A life he dreams of leaving behind by becoming a kafna.
Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) begins with the story of Evelyn Wang, a Chinese American immigrant, and her race to keep her teetering family business running. A high-stakes meeting at the IRS with Evelyn's husband and father takes a sharp and completely unexpected turn, and Evelyn finds herself suddenly thrown into an interdimensional, surreal adventure.
To say Xingyin has lived a sheltered life is putting it mildly. She, her mother, and her mother's attendant live alone in the Palace of Pure Light on the moon, for Xingyin's mother is the moon goddess. Their days pass peacefully, until Xingyin awakens her celestial powers, which prompts an unexpected visit from the Celestial Empress. Xingyin learns that her birth was a secret, and that her mother's position as the moon goddess is a punishment for drinking the elixir of immortality, which the Celestial Emperor gifted to Xingyin's father for saving the mortal realm from the sunbirds.
Unbroken (2014) by Laura Hillenbrand tells the remarkable story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini. Louis was made to run by his brother Pete, who saw the boy had talent but realized that it would also keep him out of trouble. He eventually went on to compete in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, where he shook Hitler's hand.
Eighteen for the three hundred twenty-seventh time, Prince Rhen despairs of breaking the curse that turns him into a beast at the end of each day until feisty Harper enters his life.
If you're a fan of fairy-tale retellings (specifically Beauty and the Beast), then have I got a recommendation for you.
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco is a book full of thrilling twists. There are the mysteries of the paranormal that are explained as they go through. As it also mentions Italian culture and talks of food with accurate descriptions of them.