Readers told me 3 books they loved, 1 book they hated, and what they’re reading right now. In turn, I’m recommending 3 books for each reader. (Or more, if I can’t help myself.)
This week we’re choosing books for Carrie. Carrie is pregnant, and was hospitalized seven weeks ago with preterm premature rupture of membranes at 21 weeks. After six weeks of bed rest, Carrie sent me an SOS request for literary matchmaking, saying the antsiness was beginning to undo her. (I can imagine!)
She also said that she needed “something really engaging to help pass the time, but at a reading level that’s not too difficult because I have trouble concentrating right now. (Could be a general pregnancy thing, but it’s also a side effect of bed rest. Ugh!)”
With that in mind, Carrie’s books are:
Love: The Happiness Project, On Rue Tatin (“I’m a big Francophile”), Little Women
Hate: Gone Girl
Last read: To Kill a Mockingbird
An outstanding French memoir: My Life in France by Julia Child
A fun, not terribly challenging novel: The Princess Bride by William Goldman
A new book about happiness: The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
Wonderful kid lit: Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
I sincerely hope Carrie has already read My Life in France because it’s absolutely perfect for her. If she hasn’t, this should be her #1 choice (and I don’t use the word “should” very often when I talk about reading, so that’s saying something!) Even if you’re not an avid Francophile or foodie, it’s a wonderful book: Child is warm, wise, and laugh-out-loud funny.
I chose The Princess Bride because it’s entertaining and engaging, but not a difficult read, and Carrie’s likely already familiar with the story. (If you’ve seen the movie, it’s worth reading the book. They’re both good, and very different.) I’d also recommend any number of breezy novels as found in the summer reading guide, which are fast and easy-to-read, but not dumb.
I chose The Happiness of Pursuit because of Carrie’s love for The Happiness Project. I’m reading this new release right now, and am enjoying it enough to recommend it as an engaging nonfiction pick.
Kid lit is an obvious solution to Carrie’s requirements: this would be a wonderful time to read or re-read any of the wonderful series by authors such as Noel Streatfeild, Maud Hart Lovelace, L. M. Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and more. I chose Rose in Bloom because it’s a wonderful, though lesser-known work by the author of Carrie’s favorite Little Women. (It’s also free for Kindle.)
What books would YOU recommend that are really engaging, but not difficult?
(AN UPDATE: Carrie delivered baby Josiah Levi at 27 weeks. His doctors say he seems more like a 29 week-er. The doctors say they’re not worried about him, but they both still have a rough road ahead of them. Thoughts and prayers appreciated.)