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Ah, reading! It’s good for the soul, your imagination, and allows you to stop, take a breath, and escape for a while. A good book is the equivalent of a mini-vacation. So find a little time to sit back and read one of these awesome works of fiction:
I have fallen in love with just about anything by Blake Crouch. His writing style is superb and he immediately captures your attention and makes you feel as if you, yourself, are in the book. I devoured Wayward Pines in just a few days and moved on to the sequels immediately. To this day, I occasionally have flashes of certain scenes pop up in my head and it takes me a minute to realize it was from the book I read and not a movie I had recently seen. That’s how good Crouch’s writing style is.
Wayward Pines is about an FBI agent, Ethan Burke, who arrives in the town of Wayward Pines under mysterious circumstances. Everything in the town is just a little off and Burke spends most of the book trying to find a way out of the town but he can never quite succeed.
The book was turned into a show a few years ago but, I will be honest, the show did NOT live up to the book. If you’ve seen the show and liked it, you should definitely read the book. If you’ve seen the show and didn’t like it, don’t judge the book by the show and read it anyway. You won’t be disappointed.
When you are done reading Wayward Pines, definitely check out the rest of the rest of Blake Crouch’s work. I have now read almost everything by him and you can really see how his writing style developed over time if you start with some of his earlier work. He has become one of my most favorite authors.
Outlander is the first book in a series of 8 (and counting; I believe the 9thbook is currently being written). The first book follows Claire as she accidentally goes back in time to 18thcentury Scotland. While sounding a little sci-fi just based on that description, that is the only sci-fi things about it. The whole book is full of suspense, romance, adventure, and history.
Gabaldon spends 3-4 years writing each book to ensure that all historical details are accurate and the story flows smoothly and you can really tell the care she takes. The books have been turned into an excellent show that I am a fan of. They really stuck to most of the main details in the book and the actors really got the main characters down. I have been quite impressed.
This series has also been turned into a hit show on Starz. I actually think the show has lived up to the books as well as it can and enjoy watching it. The books are so detailed that you get so much more out of them but the show is definitely worth watching.
If you are looking for a great faith-based book to get lost in, A Voice in the Wind and it’s sequel, An Echo in the Darkness, are great options. I have read and re-read these books multiple times.
Set in 70 A.D., A Voice in the Wind is about a young Christian girl, Hadassah, who works as a slave for the daughter of a wealthy family in Rome. Marcus, the son of the family, finds himself attracted to Hadassah who, in turn, starts to find herself attracted to him. Hadassah must overcome the obstacles to their growing love while also keeping her faith a secret in order to survive.
The description of the book does not do it justice. It is a must-read. Have tissues on hand.
I must admit I saw the movie before reading the book. I loved the movie but I love the book even more. While the movie can stand on it’s own, it doesn’t seem to stand quite so tall after reading the book. The detail in the book is phenomenal and really drives the plot points home.
The Help is mainly about 3 women in 1962 Mississippi. Skeeter is a twenty-two-year-old white girl who, after learning that the maid she grew up with was no longer at the family house, decides she wants to write a book from the point of view of the maids in Mississippi. She enlists the help of Aibileen, a black maid working for Skeeter’s friend, and Minny, another black maid, and Aibileen’s best friend. Each chapter in the book is written from the viewpoint of one of these three woman and it is heartbreaking, heartwarming, at time very entertaining, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed every word and highly recommend it.
On most “must-read at least once” lists and on my personal “favorites” list. I love the old language and the timeless story. Of course, I love just about anything by Jane Austen.
Pride and Prejudice is about Elizabeth Bennet, as well as her family, and her relationship with Mr. Darcy. Difficulties ensue when Mr. Darcy views Elizabeth as just another lowly girl in search of a wealthy husband leading to Elizabeth, in turn, to view Mr. Darcy as just another wealthy snob. In the end, though, they are destined for each other. The great thing about Elizabeth is her strength. In a world where girls are primarily looking for a wealthy husband, Elizabeth wants to marry for love and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. And, of course, it is written beautifully.
So, if you are looking for your next great read, pick one of these great books. And feel free to comment below and tell me if you’ve read anything fabulous lately!