Today in the Bishkek U.C.A. office there was an animated conversation among staff about some of our favourite novels. Books are sometimes portals to other worlds and they can be a way that we gain empathy for characters in other times, cultures or even fantastical places.
Here are two recent books that I loved:
“It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.”
The other recent book I loved is “Searching for Alaska,” the first novel written by John Green, best known for “The Fault in Our Stars.”
Green has an amazing ability to write from the perspective of quirky, smart young adults who are grappling with huge questions around family, friendships, life and death. For me this book had moments of laughter and tears and gratitude for the people in our lives who believe in us.
So, these are two of my recent favourite books.
What books do you love? Why would you recommend them? How have they impacted you?
Put your suggestions in the comments below!