While we were inIndia, I read a total of four books. It was easy to do since our trip was sandwiched between two super long flights and dotted with a few short ones throughout. I was seriously on a major reading roll!
As you all know, I don’t like posting full book reviews. However, I thought I would share a little bit about two of the books I read because they were pretty amazing. And no worries, I promise there are no spoilers ahead.
Even after reading the back of the book summary, I had no idea what to expect upon starting this book. I thought it would fall in the mystery/suspense genre, but now that I’ve read it and had the chance to absorb, I would say it’s more drama than anything else.
The book unfolds from the perspective of multiple characters, and while at first it’s hard to tell how each individual story relates to the others and to the main plot, the dots eventually connect. Liane Moriarty did an exceptional job developing each character in a way that showcases both the ying and the yang of his/her personality equally. The Husband’s Secret is a quick, engrossing read that makes you think about the truth a little differently. In my opinion, this is a must read!
Powerful. The Fault in Our Stars is a powerful book that stays with you for a very long time. While some have dubbed this a Young Adult novel, I would argue that it’s for people of all ages. And I honestly don’t know how to summarize the raw tenderness, an oxymoron I know, that exists within the pages of this book. On the surface, the story comes across as a cancer tragedy, but it’s so much more than that. This book is full of emotion, joy, and love. Even in the face of death, the characters try to find meaning in their lives…no matter how unfair their time on Earth has been.
I was a mess while reading this book. Like my tears could’ve filled five bathtubs. At one point, Vishnu asked me to put it away because my eyes were red and he didn’t want his family to think something was seriously wrong. But don’t let that deter you. While this book was difficult to read and process, it was so beautiful and spiritual. I’m tearing up just thinking about it.
Oh and it’s being turned into a movie, but I’m not sure how it will translate in film form. With that being said, I would highly recommend reading the book before watching the movie. Trust me on this one!
And if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the first blog post in a new series called Par’s Picks. Lot’s of great blog post and articles to read!
What’s on your reading list right now?