I’ve been so excited to write this post because who doesn’t love talking about books? Also, it makes me remember that I do love reading, especially when it’s not course-related, as much of a nerd as I am :). While there are sooooo many more books that I love (stay tuned for a list of all of my favourites), here are 5 books to give you a taste!
1. The Century Trilogy - Ken Follett
These books were amazing. As someone who loves history, especially 20th century history, the fact that the books trace several different families from Britain, the US, Germany, and Russia throughout the 20th century and talk about how all of their lives intertwine, each of these books struck a perfect chord with me. They were set against real-life events and people, too, so one of the characters works closely with President Wilson on his Fourteen Points in the first books, for example, and I think that makes the story that much richer.
2. My Sister’s Keeper - Jodi Picoult
Actually, all of Jodi Picoult’s books are works of a true master, but my relationship with Ms. Picoult began with this book. My mom had been reading My Sister’s Keeper and I remember coming out of swim practice one day to find her sobbing hysterically in the car because she had finished the book…and I’ll leave it there. With her books, I’m completely sucked in and I literally cannot put the book down until I’m done. I’ve done this on several occasions and it’s such a satisfying feeling.
3. Harry Potter - JK Rowling
I first picked up the Harry Potter books when I was in second grade and I whizzed through the first four books! From there it was history and I dove into a world that defined my childhood, and is still a major part of my life today. I was Hermione (the ultimate Smart Girl) for at least three Halloweens and I read the books and watched the movies over and over and over. I especially loved the audiobooks, because Jim Dale’s voice is pure magic — I remember listening to the tapes on my walkman when I was about 10 — and is so soothing. I actually listened to the first few books again this summer when I was commuting into the city and it made mornings so much better. I could go on and on about Harry Potter, but I wouldn’t do it nearly enough justice.
4. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
I’ve read all three of Khaled Hosseini’s books and they are so beautifully written! Each is set in the mid-to-late-twentieth century in Afghanistan (with some characters moving to America at some point) and as a student of the Middle East, I think he paints an incredible picture of this region and its history. The characters are so deep and the endings are always bittersweet and they leave me feeling so fulfilled at the end and all throughout when I’m reading them. Each has made me cry (out of joy and sadness), and gasp with a surprise plot twist, and close my eyes to picture these worlds.
5. Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowen
My mom and I actually read this book together while we were travelling around France and I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. It’s set in the 80s and is the story of two teenagers, who are misfits in their own ways and who fall completely in love with each other. I won’t say any more about the plot because you really do have to read it to appreciate the beauty of it, but like the back cover says, it will remind you of what it was like to be in love for the first time and how it just pulls you right under. The writing is sarcastic and smart, and clear, and it grabs at your heart and never lets go. In fact, I loved it so much that I’m re-reading it! HIGHLY recommend this book! :)
Inspired to be,