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Okay, with that said, today I’ve picked out three books and given you 3 reasons why I think you should read each…
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
If you know me well enough, you’ll no doubt know this is one of my favorite all time books. Why?
1) The premise is utterly unique. I’ve never seen anything like it. A season of accidents? How? Why? These are the questions that piqued my interest immediately, and I couldn’t resist finding out more. The author seamlessly weaves the narrative together, and you begin to understand how this “accident” season has saturated the very fabric of who they have become as people and as a family unit.
2) The character called Elsie who appears in all the photos of another family. I mean, how creepy? There’s something all too strange about her, and yet so plainly stated that it becomes more intriguing by the minute. She fascinated me throughout, even though she wasn’t physically in the majority of the scenes.
3) Myth and lore – the changeling stories in this book are stylistic, otherworldly, evocative, and utterly memorizing. At times, they can become disorientating, but they also give an ethereal quality to the plotting that can’t be denied. Beautifully rendered.
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
1) It’s by Neil Gaiman. Enough said.
2) The main characters are polar opposites and play off each other very well. I’m a fan of stories that take a very plain main character and bounce them off a very “larger than life” character. The contrast is startling on the page.
3) The humor mixed with dark emotion. There are a lot of funny moments in this book, especially through internal monologue and dialogue. Although things can get a little obscure when they bring in the gods, the darkness it brings balances the humor nicely, and it layers the plot with subtle nuances of philosophical questions.
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
1) This is a very timely book, as it looks at slut shaming, victim blaming, and our modern culture and how it plays on our fears and insecurities. The narrative is bold, brave, and unafraid, and that in itself speaks volumes. I firmly believe this is a book everyone should read, regardless of whether they are male, female, young, or old.
2) Omg, is this not one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. You might not like Izzy immediately, as she’s bold, unashamed, and upfront, but my lord is she one of the funniest characters around, and it doesn’t take long for you to fall head-over-heels in love with her!
3) This book is incredibly empowering. When you close the last page, you’re left feeling like a stronger person, that the way you are judged is not fair, and that you have as much entitlement as anyone else. A must read.
So, there you have it. Three books, three very strong reasons why I love them. If you have any book recs, let me know!
Until next post!