Since one of my goals for the year is to read 26 books (that’s one book every two weeks for those of you playing along at home), I thought it might be fun to share some of the books I’m reading and liking with the internet. So far I’ve finished six so far which I’m pretty happy with, and I’ve also gotten a few more in the works.
Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
This one is sort of an ‘untold story’. A fictionalized account of the life of Alice of Alice in Wonderland fame. I’m not sure how much of it is true (and to me it doesn’t make much of a difference), but it follows young Alice begging for the book to be written and then the repercussions throughout her life. I’m a nut for both historical fiction and grown up versions of children’s stories, so this one was a win/win for me. Fantastically well written, I would recommend this one to anyone who fondly remembers Alice.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
I have been an avid VlogBrothers subscriber for a while now, but hadn’t read any of John Green’s book until The Fault In Our Stars came out last year. I loved it and knew immediately that I would have to read his others. Looking for Alaska is about a guy at boarding school getting to know a girl named Alaska who–nope, not giving it away. Just read it. It’s awesome.
Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith
A book my sister gave me for Christmas, Glaciers is a novel following the musings of a young woman. What it lacks in plot it makes up for in beautiful prose. You get to know Isabelle, her present and her past, as she recalls memories of growing up in Alaska. Glaciers is a great book, but it certainly is not for everyone.
Messenger and Son by Lois Lowry
These two go together and are the continuation of the universe established in The Giver and Gathering Blue, books I read a long time ago when I was a kid. Both look into the world of the village that Jonas sees at the end of The Giver. Time has past and Jonas, is now the leader of the village. He helps Matty, a messenger between the village and outsiders to use his gift to heal the wounds of the town.
Later in Son, Claire, a young woman from the community where The Giver began, tells her side of the story as the birthmother of Gabe. The book follows her journey to find Gabe and runs into characters new and familiar in the process.
I would recommend both of these books. While they are aimed towards young adults (remember my love of them?), they both, along with their companions The Giver and Gather Blue pose lots of good questions to readers of any age. In fact, I almost think that I got more out of them this time around than I did when I had first read their predecessors. Reading these was like returning to an old friend, a true joy.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Kind of a “and now for something completely different” moment right here. Mindy Kaling was, of course, one of the writers of The Office, and currently the creator and star of her own show, The Mindy Project. The book is a memoir (I guess? I’m not really sure about the definition of these things) of her childhood and her quest to be a writer/actress on stage or screen. It covers up to and partially including her time at The Office. Just like she is on screen, Mindy is entertaining and engaging on a page. And funny. Of course funny. But you already knew that much, right? Recommended to anyone who enjoyed Bossypants by Tina Fey.
I am still reading, though somewhat less lately, I expect to have another review post in a month or two. In the meantime, have you read any of these? What did you think? Any recommendations for me?