If you’d liked to be jerked around less, provoked less, and more productive and inwardly focused, where should you start?
1. These is My Words by Nancy Turner; Arizona Territories, 1880s
Based on the author’s own family history, this novel tells the story of Sarah Agnes Prine, whom we first see as a 17 year old traveling with her family through the Arizona Territories. Over the course of the book we see her fight to defend her family from Indians, struggle through the hardships of living on the frontier, teach herself to read, fall in love, and become an incredible, tenacious mother. The book is absolutely riveting, not to mention one of the best love stories I’ve ever read, so don’t pick it up unless you can clear your schedule. And yes, it’s going to make you cry, but it’s entirely worth it!
1. Samanta Schweblin, Fever Dream
This is a weird hallucination of a book—reading it feels like an experience, like something that happens to you, as infectious and mysterious and unstoppable and possibly magical as the disease that powers its plot. There is absolutely no way to put it down without breaking the spell, so make sure you’re comfy.
These are some of the most brilliant literary pieces to have ‘walked’ this Earth, these are just 20 of them that a modern day reader can relate to. *Note: this list has not been made in any particular order.
1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
This one is obvious. It is about an orphan boy who finds out he’s a wizard and survived a killing spell as a baby. A journey of self-discovery, friendships, sacrifices and countless other life lessons that we can all take away from. If you haven’t read this book, you are missing out on life.
1. The Notebook — Nicholas Sparks
Die-hard romantics and those who love to sniffle their way through a book will find themselves reaching out for The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. It is a tender love story about the enduring power of love. This book has been made into a major movie and has topped the romantic book and film category for many years.
1. The Kitchen Daughter
An Asperger’s-afflicted woman finds the keys to life and her family history in the kitchen after her parents die in McHenry’s inspired if uneven debut. Ginny Selvaggio has lived a sheltered life: unable to maintain eye contact, make friends, or finish college due to her undiagnosed condition, the 26-year-old lives in her parents’ home, surfing the Internet and perfecting recipes. But after her parents die, Ginny and her sister, Amanda, disagree about what to do with the family home—Amanda wants to sell, Ginny doesn’t. As they bicker about what to do with the house and the problems caused by Ginny’s awkwardness, Ginny comforts herself by cooking and soon learns that the dishes she prepares can conjure spirits. The ghosts, including her grandmother, leave clues about possible family secrets, as do a box of photographs Ginny discovers tucked away
On September 6, in a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court overturned its previous order on Section 377 and decriminalised gay sex. Even though many celebrated the move, some found it hard to relate to for their limited or lack of interaction with the LGBT+ community. No matter what your orientation is, if you are looking to get a deeper understanding, then here are a few books you should definitely add to your reading list.
1. Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosnay
Sarah’s Key is a story set in Paris in 1942. It’s a super emotional read. The narrative jumps around in time, but it’s fantastic and so gripping.
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Steven Chbosky
“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”