What you should read, now!
A friend called me and asked me, what books should I read this summer that will change my life?
Easy question, right? Wrong.
I took some time to think and I sent him my top five picks, maybe more than five. These books hugely impacted me, my thoughts, my ideas, and my love of words. They are a must to your "Read" list. They just have to be consumed for all their worth, dive in now!
1. The Handsmaid's Tale - This book was assigned reading my senior year of high school (Thanks Mrs. Peck!) and is now by far my favorite novel. The main character, Offred, becomes a handsmaid, used only for her reproductive organs. She can no longer read or have any power over her life. It explores so many ideas of women and their roles in society and the effects of a society with no womens' rights. Loved it. Read it. Now.
2. The Giver - Also read this as a school assignment in eighth grade (thanks Mrs. Robertson!), but fell in love with it and have read it several times since. It tells the story of a perfect world, but Jona does not fit this mold and quickly learns the truth about humans, life and emotions. A great, fast, and lovely read. There's also a movie, with a Taylor Swift cameo, which isn't quite as good as the book, but worth it, after you've read the book, of course!
3. 1984 - This also feeds my LOVE for utopian novels. And it was also a reguired read in high school (Thanks again, Mrs Peck!), but worth the read if you haven't read it. It illustrates a world with thought police, restrictions on every thing, and a negative atmosphere that swallows the main character whole. This novel sucks you in from beginning to end and illustrates a world with little power to its people. It'll give you a new persptive on civil rights and beyond.
4. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - I would read this book a hundred times. It sucked me in and left me begging for more on every page. It addressed so many things in Southern culture and racial reconciliation, all topics I find addicting. The mystery thriller meets grit lit is hard to put down, and one I stayed up all night reading. Larry Ott's and Silas Jones's interactions and relationship is interesting and engaging. I never wanted this book to end.
5. Same Kind of Different as Me - Mostly this book is on this list because it made me sob like I have never sobbed before. Not my favorite for writing, but my favorite in pulling the heart strings. The story is honest, authentic and engaging. I wanted to insert myself into the book and into this wonderfully makeshift family. It brings a new perspective and understanding to the homeless and how to love people like Jesus through Jesus. Warning: you will cry and cry and cry. But, it's worth it, every tear.
Let me know if you have thoughts and ideas on your top five. Happy Reading!