Well, coming off a week-long trip to Florida, I have been thinking back to the stack of good books I read. Actually, my reading streak started before that, but I was able to finish one book, read two more, and start another while on vacation. I am on a good book streak right now, so I thought I would share what I have been reading.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I also like to read youth fiction. The writing always tends to be very touching in an uncomplicated way. The Fault in Our Stars is about two teenagers with cancer who meet at a support group. The story follows them through their budding relationship, their support of fellow cancer patients, and even their own illnesses. It is sad and funny and so well-written. I zipped through it in a day. And I cried through the last 30 pages. It touched me very deeply.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Here's another piece of historical fiction that is slated to be a movie. (In fact, I have watched the trailer and I cried when I saw it.) The story involves a young girl named Liesel who is fostered to a couple in Germany during World War I. Her family decides to hide a Jew in their basement. But that is only part of the story. Little Liesel is a poor, uneducated girl, but she finds a book and steals it. Her foster father, an amazing man of character, teaches her to read and this opens up a whole new world to her. She then goes on to steal many books and shares them with the hidden Jew, as well as her neighbors while they are hiding in the bomb shelter. The book is written from the view point of "Death", so you can imagine that all does not necessarily end well. But it's not creepy or weird. It's an amazing book that I highly recommend.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
What's next on the list? I am currently reading a book called At Home in Dogwood Mudhole by Franklin Sanders for the TOS Review Crew. I have only just started but it has grabbed my attention right from the start. I will be posting a review on it soon. Then I am moving onto these books to get me through the remainder of the year.
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
Have you read anything good lately that you can recommend for next year's list??