Readers told me 3 books they loved, 1 book they hated, and what they’re reading right now. In turn, I’m choosing 1 mainstream pick, 1 eccentric pick, and 1 YA/memoir/nonfiction pick for each reader. (Or more, if I can’t help myself.)
This week we’re choosing books for Ronna, whose books are:
Love: The Book Thief, Their Eyes Were Watching God, One Thousand Gifts
Never liked: The Awakening, Of Mice and Men
Right now: Anna Karenina
Ronna isn’t afraid to engage with hard topics: the three books she loves aren’t exactly all rainbows and unicorns. But she doesn’t want to read anything overly dark or depressing, which is why Of Mice and Men ended up on her “never liked” list, even though Steinbeck is often suggested as a read-alike author to Hurston.
For Ronna, I was looking for books of substance that didn’t shy away from difficult topics, but carried strong themes of redemption.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is on everyone’s mind after Maya Angelou passed away this year, and it’s a strong match for Ronna’s favorites. (Host Ann Kingman was just raving about the audio version on a recent Books on the Nightstand podcast.) Angelou’s autobiography contains some very difficult scenes, but it’s ultimately an uplifting and inspiring book.
These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine is best-book-of-my-life material for many readers, and matches the tone of Hurston’s and Voskamp’s book—although it’s written in its own unique style. I haven’t heard the audiobook for this one myself but I’ve heard it’s fantastic.
It’s worth pointing out that Their Eyes Were Watching God is $1.99 for Kindle right now.
Those are my picks for Ronna. What do YOU recommend she read next?
P.S. The ebook for The Time in Between, a gripping novel from this year’s summer reading guide, is on sale for $1.99 right now. Head here to purchase, and here for more page-turners that you can’t put down.
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