I’m on the hunt for a new book to read – and I’ll be honest, I need something pretty light and mindless. I need something that pulls me in from the first paragraph.
Don’t judge me, I’m considering a Mary Higgins Clark novel, The Cinderella Murder. And unless you have any other suggestions, I’ll be heading to the library this weekend to borrow it.
Here are some of my favorite books from the past year:
This is the Story of Honor Bright, an English Quaker who travels to America in 1850. The collision of Quaker principals, with American slavery and the Underground Railroad sets the stage for an adventure story that will keep you turning the pages for more.
When Paul Kalanithi, recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, considers having a child, his wife Lucy asks “Don’t you think that saying goodbye to a child would make your death more painful?” To which he responded, “Wouldn’t it be great if it did?”. This book is haunting and beautiful. Heartbreaking, yet uplifting. A book full of contradictions and paradox – addressing big questions about life, living, dying and purpose, made all the more poignant being viewed through the real life lens of a man dying of brain cancer. There is something in this book for everyone.
When I recommend this book to people, I am secretly jealous – they have such a good read ahead of them! The Orphan Train is the holy grail of books for me. An easy read that sucks you in, yet is well written, with a healthy dose of history – in this case, a look at the Orphan Trains that bused homeless orphans to families out West in the late 1800s/early 1900s. It is filled with female lead characters, imperfect yet strong, who overcome adversity. You won’t regret this book.
19-year-old Ruthie is left reeling when her mother disappears. She finds herself on a treasure hunt for clues which might help track her mother down. Set in rural Vermont, The Winter People is a ghost story for grownups. This book left me hiding under the covers well too late into the night.