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 Grace and Moira.
Love: Eleanor & Park, Quiet, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Hate: The Icarus Girl
Recently: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (but I didn’t like it)
Grace likes plucky females and isn’t afraid of serious reading. (I focused on the plucky, not the serious.)
Someday, Someday, Maybe feels like a modern cousin to Miss Pettigrew, while Parnassus is similar in feel. The first Flavia de Luce book features a precocious kid solving mysteries in the British countryside, circa 1950.
Introverts in the Church is a fascinating follow-up to Quiet (whose author makes a cameo to visit a California megachurch), and I recommend it if you have the tiniest bit of interest in religion or spirituality.
Love: The Graveyard Book, Winter Sea, Quiet, anything by Jane Austen or Elizabeth Peters
Last Read: Bread and Wine and The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
Austen-ish: North and South
Historical Fiction: Trinity
Whimsical: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Nonfiction: The Kitchen Counter Cooking School or The Power of Habit
I haven’t read Winter Sea, but the fascinating description reminds me of Leon Uris’s books, especially Trinity. North and South is a perfect next step for the Janeite who ran out of Austen novels. I wouldn’t call The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland a Neil Gaiman read-alike, but it does start with the Green Wind appearing in a 12-year-old’s bedroom in Omaha.
Since Moira loves Quiet and Bread and Wine, a nonfiction recommendation is in order: The Kitchen Counter Cooking School is a foodie memoir, with recipes; The Power of Habit is a provocative exploration of why we do what we do.
How did I do? What books would YOU recommend to Grace and Moira?
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