I read a lot. I love reading and will read almost anything; I’m not that picky but there are a few books that I’ve read that I immediately want to share with everyone I know because I NEED to talk about them. These are the 4 books you should be reading (if you have time, I’m sorry I know school’s happening).
The Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill
This book is without a doubt one of my favourite books of all time. After I finished reading it I was pretty much forcing it on anyone I had ever met because all I wanted to do was to talk about how incredible the book was. Written by Canadian author Lawrence Hill the novel follows Aminata Diallo from the time she is kidnapped from her Village in West Africa at age 11 to be sold into slavery in South Carolina to her freedom as an elderly woman. Although Aminata herself is a fictional character the novel is based on true events and it’s first person narration makes it read like a memoir. The novel is both beautiful and heartbreaking and Aminata is one of the most dynamic, strong, and interesting female characters I have ever come across in a book. If you read only one book from this list make it this one; it’s not only a sweeping, gorgeous, incredible book but it’s also an important part of history that most of us don’t know enough about.
One Day - David Nicholls
One Day by David Nicholls follows Emma and Dexter on the 15th of July for 20 years. Each chapter follows the two characters on one day a year (July 15th) so we get snapshots of their lives and their relationship with each other. The novel is light and funny, easy to read, but also absolutely heartbreaking as it depicts not only two people who seem to keep missing their chance to be together but also beautifully captures real life in that it doesn’t always go according to plan. This book absolutely broke my heart but it’s just as funny and uplifting as it is sad and it’s one of those books that I want to read over and over again. Even if you’ve seen the movie so you know how the book ends I strongly suggest reading the book because as usual it is so much better than the movie.
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Again, this book has a highly successful movie but the book is better, deeper, and more in depth than the film. The novel, written by Canadian author Yann Martel tells the story of a young Indian boy, Pi, who survives 227 days stranded in a lifeboat with a tiger. This book is smart, fantastical and seems to toe the line between realism and fantasy. Some moments were thrilling and almost scary for me while others were really thought provoking and there is one moment at the end of the novel which will make you want to read the whole book over again right away.
Room - Emma Donoghue
This book is about to get a lot of attention because there is a movie based on the book that just won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at TIFF. I read this book years ago when my mom gave it to me for my birthday; the book is written from the point of view of a five year old boy who has never been outside of one room. Jack was born in Room, he doesn’t know any different but for his mother it’s a prison where she is being held captive. Because Jack is only five and doesn’t understand what is going on this protects the reader a bit from his mother’s harsh reality while still being able to understand what is actually happening. Sad, heartwarming, and thrilling this book was hard for me to put down and being written from such a young child’s perspective it was unlike anything I have ever read.
If you do read or have read any of these books OMG LET'S TALK ABOUT THEM. Or if you have any books you want to recommend please please leave them in the comments.