It’s time for some book recommendations. I’ve done a lot of flying back and forth between coasts in the last few months and have read some amazing books along the way. There’s nothing better than a good book to transport you out of your current state and into a wonderful storytelling world.
1. What She Left Behind – Ellen Marie Wiseman
Have you ever heard about The Willard Suitcase Project? Remember, it was that old asylum in upper state NY that had been closed since the 70’s. They just opened it up and discovered an attic with hundreds of suitcases. The suitcases were intact, and inside were the belongings of all the people that had come through the doors. Ms. Wiseman saw the photos of the suitcases and decided to base her next book on an imaginary character that attended Willard asylum. The book is an effortless read that takes you back and forth from present day to past, and tells the story of two women. I read the entire book in one sitting. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
This is my second book by Ms. Hyde (When I Found You, and she also wrote Pay It Forward) and she certainly does not disappoint! The thing I love about her writing is that I am always hooked by the first page, somehow her characters immediately attach themselves to your heartstrings. I found myself crying a lot reading this book, but not because it’s sad, but because it’s beautiful. It’s a story about an old man who is driving his RV to Yellowstone park to disperse his son’s ashes. Along the way his RV breaks down and he gets delayed in a small town and spends time with a mechanic and his two sons. He ends up leaving the small town with the two sons in-tow and spends the entire summer showing them Yellowstone and creating lasting bonds. It’s really a beautiful story.
Ok, yes…this is a book about World War II and it’s based in France…but stay with me! It’s GOOD! I mean really GOOD, two sisters, completely different personalities and it’s a great story! I found myself wanting to slip into my bedroom each night to continue reading about the adventure and to see how it unfolds…
So, this may be categorized as YA, as it’s about the story of Junior, a quirky kid growing up on an Indian reservation. It takes you through the hardships, the culture, and the bonding, all with a sense of humor. It sort of reminded me of an adult, less immature version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It even has comic drawings throughout…Alexie must have been channeling that book a bit.
What I’ve realized is that I don’t have that many books to recommend this time around because I went and joined a book club…and well…the books I read for book club weren’t horrible but they weren’t my favorites. I realize now I read a lot more books when I’m not in a book club because it feels less like homework…Happy Reading!!
If you’re looking for a great book to read, check out some of these suggestions…