This summer I rediscovered my library card, lost my library card, and stacked up some library late fees. In the midst I read some pretty good books, which may or may not fit into the cliche of summer beach reads. While it may be quickly turning to fall, here are a few of my favourite books from the past few months:
By Diane Chamberlain
Necessary Lies takes place in racially tense North Carolina in the 1960s, during a time of state-mandated sterilizations. It follows two intertwining stories- that of a young social worker, and the impoverished rural women she is assigned to help. It was a very interesting look at a part of history I knew little about- and very representative of why I enjoy historical fiction so much. It was a fascinating story with memorable characters, and a book I felt I learned a lot from.
By Kathryn Stockett
The Help is a novel about black maids working in white households in the 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi. It is told from the perspective of three women- 2 maids, and a young white woman who aspires to write a book about the reality of their lives. I saw the movie a few years ago, and remember enjoying it- then read the book, and enjoyed it even more. I felt every single character was really well developed, and the whole history of the story very interesting. This book definitely came close to making it on this list.
By Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl tells the story of an unhappily married couple, and the husband’s uncertain intentions that arise when the wife mysteriously disappears. I certainly wouldn’t call this a light beach read- in fact almost the opposite. Gone Girl was intense, slightly disturbing and totally different from the style of book I normally gravitate too. That said, I got really hooked, was genuinely surprised by the various twists, and couldn’t guess the ending till just about the very last page. Looking forward to seeing the movie!
Other runner-up books include: Paper Towns (by John Green), The Lowland (by Jhumpa Lahiri), and A House in the Sky (by Amanda Lindhout […actually one of my favourites, but separate review to come] )