It’s almost summer time, and summer time means reading time. It is always hard to find really good books to read, because there are always so many to choose from! That is why I’ve put together a little mixed list of classics and new books worth reading during the best season of the year:
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë – an all-time classic that definitely is worth your time. It’s a compelling, dark, tragic, and beautiful love story, filled with surprises and underlying messages. The fact that it is an old book makes it a history treasure, and a personal time machine. It is a challenging book, but if you like quality this is a book for you.
Little Bee, by Chris Cleave – a beautiful book published in 2012 about two completely different lives colliding, cultures melting together, and human compassion evolving. It is not a love story, but a story of two women finding themselves becoming friends although it should not be possible. It takes you to the root of humanity, and brings up important issues regarding refugees and immigration in England. It is a compelling page turner, and you are left a new understanding of life and acceptance of the unknown after this exciting adventure.
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee – an all-time classic about growing up and discovering what the world has to offer. This beautiful book captures the essence of life, and takes you through the so familiar steps of childhood, and reminds you of the innocence of children, and the contrast between what the world seems like and what the world really is, discovered through innocent and unknowing children’s eyes. The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. Definitely a page turner, that leaves you wanting for more.
Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld – a capturing book, published in 2005, about growing up in the 80’s. Prep is an insightful, achingly funny coming-of-age story, as well as a brilliant dissection of class, race, and gender in a hothouse of adolescent angst and ambition. But Prep is more than a coming of age story–it’s a study of social class in America, and Sittenfeld renders it with astonishing deftness and clarity. The book follows a inward, but interesting girl named Lee Fiora through her experience at a snobby, but prestigious boarding school, and takes us through the excitement of boys, girls, and figuring out who one is.