I’ve been doing a lot of reading in the past few weeks, getting through novels a lot quicker than I usually do. I thought it might be fun to list the last five books I’ve read because I recommend each one of them very highly.
8th Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch
Up From The Blue by Susan Henderson
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
I also noticed a similar theme in these vastly different books: a desire to be a better person. A desire to be someone new.
An 8th grader who wants to redefine who he is, not the kid who puked in the lunchroom, but who changed an entire community.
A woman willing to go to incomprehensible lengths to make a difference in a stranger’s life.
A woman desperate not to change the course of her life who soon discovers that she must in order to find happiness.
A young girl desperate to be accepted by two parents with very different views about how she should think and feel.
And the ‘popular’ mean girl in high school who finds herself with 7 chances to find out who she really is as she struggles to get the last day of her life ‘just right’.
I think we must be living in a time when people are redefining who they are. They want to do the right thing and be better people. Our literature must reflect that.
So, what are the last five books you read? Do you see any similar themes?