Even thought the end of my school year was insanely busy, I had a little time for some reading. I wanted to share three great books I have read recently.
Love in the Driest Season is the most recent one I read. Written by Neely Tucker, a journalist, the book chronicles his time in Zimbabwe and the difficulty he and his wife experienced in adopting a young girl. Zimbabwe has been torn apart by the AIDs epidemic, but there were still many hurdles to adoption. I enjoyed the book primarily because Neely discussed the hardships candidly but also covered his life as a journalist. While I am not a traveling writer, I have always thought that sounded like an intriguing career. I love reading memoirs that cover life paths I was unable to take. This one is great for a little summer reading. Be advised that there are some sad spots, but overall the tone is fairly upbeat.
In the youth reading category is When you Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. A Newberry Award winner, this book is inspired by the writings of Madeline L'Engle (one of my favorite authors). This is a simple enough read for an adult, and the story is captivating. Miranda, the protagonist, struggles with losing a friendship and growing older while also unraveling the mystery of who is leaving strange notes in her apartment.
My absolute favorite of my most recent reading is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. This is a fictional account of a female spy during World War II. She doesn't start out a spy, but she works her way up to the job. The book is a journal she wrote while being captured in France by the Nazis. The journal itself is interesting enough, but the second half of the book is where it gets good. I found myself flipping back to details in the journal as we hear the other side of the story from another character's perspective. While not my favorite book of all time, this is good enough that I'm tempted to buy a copy and keep it on my shelf (high praise for a fiction book). If you only read one of the three on this list, this is the one I'd pick.
I have more books on the docket. I'm currently reading Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay and enjoying another World War II story; this one is about the roundup of Jewish citizens in France. I discovered a used book store in the town to our north, so I'll definitely be picking up some more books there. I went in to buy a few for our 6 year old nephew; hopefully, I will help cultivate a love of reading in him too.
I hope summer is finding everyone happy and enjoying good weather. Any one else reading anything good? Let me know if you have ideas!