it’s been a hot minute since i’ve written for show us your life but today’s topic was all about books and anyone who knows me knows i am ALL OVER THIS.
is now the time to tell you i can’t remember the last time i finished a book?
because i can’t remember, y’all. i just can’t.
you know, besides finishing eric metaxas’s biography on dietrich bonhoeffer, which i finished last night and which is SO good. and i just got hold of a copy of bonhoeffer’s the cost of discipleship, which i’m so excited to read.
we could end this post with the words READ YOU SOME BONHOEFFER but we won’t.
instead, i want to tell you about five books i love that you should read yesterday. and then i want to tell you if you’re interested, you can see all the books i’ve read over the past few years if you head over to my booklist.
so! five of my favorites, in no particular order:
one | the thirteenth tale by diane setterfield
i’ll be really honest and tell you i don’t remember the ending of this book because it’s been so long since i’ve read it (and actually it’s sitting in my amazon cart now). but i will tell you i love books about stories and books that immerse you so well in one, and this one does. also, as a lit major and history minor who was raised to be skeptical and distrusted gone girl‘s nick from the beginning, i love this book for the questions it raises about the reliability of a narrator.
two | the help by kathryn stockett
the help is hands down the best book-to-movie adaptation i have ever seen in my entire life, BAR. NONE. and if it sounds like i’m trying to overemphasize that, believe me, i am. stockett drops you right in the middle of the 1960s american south and does a fantastic job at creating the atmosphere. i can’t overstate how critical it is as a historical novelist to recreate and maintain the accuracy of the time period and how well stockett does this.
three | the tiger’s wife by téa obreht
a fascinating piece of literature, written by a young author. obreht is the storyteller i wish i were, and if you want to renew your faith in literature written after 2000, know i dearly hope obreht’s novel will be one of the enduring works of our generation.
four | chateau of echoes by siri mitchell
siri mitchell is a fantastic author. set in france, this is a beautiful story with deep insight into the characters and their development throughout the plot, something that’s rarely found in literature today. so far, this is my top fiction read of 2013.
five | the historian by elizabeth kostova
pretty sure this is my favorite book even though it involves a vampire. BUT. it’s a fascinating story, steeped deeply in the history of europe. it’s the perfect read for anyone who loves history, europe, and/or academia.