When people ask me what my favorite book is, I have a hard time answering. There are just so many amazing stories out there. However, I related to Tom Barren in All Our Wrong Todays more than any other character I’ve read. He struggles with family, mourns the loss of his loved ones, and is desperate to set things right. We all make mistakes, but his is a monumental one and it will change the world forever. I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s clear in the prose that Elan Mastai is speaking of something he knows. He’s speaking from his heart.
In The Fifth Season we are introduced to a world filled with danger and loss. Damaya is a child whose parents have locked her away out of fear. Her abilities are powerful and terrifying to anyone who doesn’t understand them. She’s forced away from her home and taken to a place where she must learn to always obey. Nothing she does from that point forward can be of her own volition. She is the property of the Fulcrum, and she will train under their guidance to control her unusual power. The beautiful prose and fantastic world-building in this story will leave anyone who picks this book up breathless.
The Song of Achilles follows Patroclus, a down and out prince whose father cares nothing for him. When he’s involved in the death of another boy, he’s sent away to live in the kingdom of Aegina under the care of King Peleus. It’s here that Patroclus meets and falls deeply in love with Achilles, the half-god son of King Peleus. This is a love story unlike any other. The deep bond between Achilles and Patroclus is tragically beautiful. I’ve never fallen so hard for two characters. This book will hold a special place in my heart for all of time.
The Handmaid’s Tale is a wonderful classic everyone should read. We’re introduced into an extreme world of patriarchy and submission where women aren’t allowed to read and those who can carry children are forced to do so. Our main character never really tells us her name. We simply know her as Offred, which means she belongs to Fred. Her duty is simple. Give Fred and his wife a baby. Trouble is, she’s not getting pregnant. This is a poignant and harrowing tale that gave me a new sense of responsibility.
Oh how I love The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. We meet Arthur Dent, a grump who’s trying to save his house from being torn down. Only, there’s a lot more going on. When his best friend, Ford Prefect explains that the end of the world is coming, Arthur is less than convinced. Soon, however, he finds himself on an alien spaceship with the knowledge that Earth has been destroyed. He and Ford will go on quite an adventure, later joining up with Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian, and a depressed robot named Marvin. It’s one of the funniest, best told stories I’ve ever read.