Your travel plans might have been altered for this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still escape into a good book. Below are some popular reads that might give you the mental getaway you’ve been craving.
If you’re into reading, then you’ve likely seen this title floating around. Uneducated has become an increasingly popular book over the past year, and having finally read it myself I now understand why. Raw, shocking, and sectioned into palettable short stories, this TRUE story of Tara Westover’s coming of age had me reading every waking minute. Containing some rather serious subject matter, this book provides a provoking examination of the effects that family trauma cycles, lack of education, and untreated mental illness have upon an individual.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Although this book is fictional, it very much has the feel of memoir. The story is set in 1952-70 North Carolina and follows two different timelines that gradually unfold and intersect. Part coming of age, part love story, and part murder mystery, this book will have you intrigued from start to finish - rooting for some characters, against others, and entirely uncertain of others yet. This is one of those stories that I truly hope makes its way into a movie, because I’d be glued to it the entire time.
Did somebody say mythology?! If you’ve nursed a sweet spot for the ancient myths, then you will love this book. Madeline Miller takes the story of mythological goddess-witch Circe and turns it into a detailed narrative - preserving the details of the original while filling in some of the gaps. Circe is made 3D through this telling of her tale, throughout which Miller maintains the bard-esque tone so characteristic to the oral tradition. Not only is this story an intriguing one, but it also provides a refresher on many characters and events within the ancient myths. I found myself becoming educated without effort as I read through this novel.
70 years before writing this novel, Dr. Edith Eva Egers was a prisoner in a Holocaust concentration camp. Throughout that time she suffered many abuses. And while she could have easily chosen to become bitter and resentful toward the world that treated her so poorly, she instead chose to respond with kindness and compassion. She became a world-famous psychologist, and used her own understanding of trauma to help others heal from their own traumatic experiences. This book tells the story of Egers’ time in a concentration camp alongside the stories of her clients, and it will leave you speechless, inspired, and utterly grateful for the chance to choose how you respond to what life throws at you.
If you read my last blog (“Creative Living: Why and How to Live Creatively”), then you saw me reference this book. More in the vein of “self-help,” this novel weaves together an assortment of anecdotes that all revolve around the same idea: people are happier when they embrace creative opportunities in their lives. The novel first defines what “counts” as creativity (hint, think of anything you do for fun), and then outlines how to make those things a staple in your life. It’s a great one to read if you just need a little bit more motivation to commit to those practices for yourself.
These books vary greatly in their content and styles, but are all similar in that they tell truly powerful stories as composed by truly powerful women. If any of these titles stood out to you, jot it down on your book list; I promise you will not regret it.
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