Up there behind food, books have to rank as the second love of my life. So, with my 100 books in 2011 challenge in full swing, you’re in for a treat: recaps of some of my best reads every month or so!
Here are three novels I recently ploughed through:
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Summary: WWII through the eyes of a young girl and the residents of her sleepy suburban street.
Despite a slow start, The Book Thief slowly reels you in before proceeding to wring out your heart. I really can’t say more than that. A must-read.
We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
Summary: A mother comes to terms with the fact that her son is a psychopathic mass murderer.
What shapes us most: nature, or nurture? Are some people just not cut out to be mothers? Can one fake a maternal bond, and what are the consequences when a child feels unloved and unwanted? These are the questions Shriver tackles head-on. Kevin is a bad seed, but his mother is far from blameless. Just how far he will go to take everything she has – until all she has left is him – is as tragic as it is frightening.
Cracked Up To Be – Courtney Summers
Summary: Disturbed Miss Perfect finally cracks – but why?
After such heavy reading, I desperately needed to lighten up. This was the first YA novel I’d touched in forever, and in comparison to what I’d been reading, it seemed insanely short. While the subject matter is dark, Parker is intensely intelligent, self-aware and in possession of a wicked tongue. Watching her manipulate others while trying to come to terms with her buried secret is painful, but Summers makes it clear that there’s hope for Parker yet.
What have you enjoyed lately – any recommendations?