Excellent book should be shared —June 6, 2014
Have you ever liked a book so much that you bought extra copies to give to your friends? One such book for me was “Love Walked In” by Marisa De los Santos. When I was first reading this book, I thought it was going to be a dorky romance novel. Boy was I wrong. The writing, the depth of feeling and the characterization in this book make it a wonderful read. I just had to share it.
This was in 2007 when I thought I needed to buy books instead of borrowing them from the library. There are still a special few I will buy to have permanently in my collection, but most I’m happy just to read and pass on. The library has saved me SO much money.
Another book I felt this way about was “The Bean Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver. Again, I was won over by wonderful character development and a multi-faceted plot, plus, it is set in a time for which I have a nostalgic connection. It has some pretty good life lessons too.
Two non-fiction books I love are “Alive” by Piers Paul Read, and “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer. “Alive” is the true story of the tragic airplane crash and ultimate survival of sixteen of the passengers who endured ten weeks of horror before they were finally rescued from a remote spot in the Andes Mountains. If you decide to read this, let me know, and I’ll give you a character guide to use. It charts the fate of all of the original forty-five people on board.
“Into Thin Air” is another man versus nature book about an especially deadly year on Mt. Everest. Both books show man’s compulsion to survive, no matter the odds. They both also make great use of detail and have a plot that is immediately interesting.
Hard to believe I’d recommend a book that I literally wept through more than half of, but I am. “Night” by Elie Wiesel is another significant non-fiction work. It is the true story of Wiesel’s tortuous survival at the hands of the Hitler regime in their attempt to eradicate all Jews. You wonder how Wiesel keeps going through the snow with no proper shoes, enduring the beatings, the scarcity of food, the uncertain future for him and his family. What strength of spirit it took to keep plodding along, even when so much that is important to him had been taken away. It’s like “Hunger Games,” but this is for real.
Two of my all time favorite books were written by Anita Shreve. “The Pilot’s Wife” is simply engrossing. It’s like a mystery within a mystery, a conundrum. You have to keep reading as the multi-layered plot unfolds.
“Fortune’s Rocks” by Shreve is sort of a romance, but is oh so much more. It also has great plot, character development and sense of place and time. It’s sensual, but without being smutty or vulgar. This would be a super beach book, but don’t expect a “Fifty Shades . . .” sort of book, this has excellent writing and an actual plot.
Maybe you read it in ninth grade or some other time, if not, please read “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. What a fantastic book to show the man versus self conflict of doing what is right, even if you know there will be repercussions for you. The book also had a multi-faceted plot, excellent description and character development, and it gives us a glimpse into the aspects of racism of an earlier time.
These are just a few of the books I’ve read that I thought were wonderful enough to recommend to someone else. I sure hope you enjoy them too.
If you have recommendations, please let me know. I’m always looking for a really good read. It’s almost time to sit out on the dock and soak up some sun.