When I have the time, I enjoy reading. So, having to stay home is providing me time to read! I have fond memories of my father reading to me at bedtime, even when I could read on my own my father would read to me. It was our special time together each day. One book I remember him reading to me was a Swedish Fairytale book, which I still have somewhere in a box. My father instilled in me a love of reading and learning, which I instilled in my daughters. Books can impact us in different ways. Some books are great escapes from our current situation, and some books help us learn more about ourselves or the world around us.
Here are some of my favorite books I recommend you try. During this pandemic, you can listen to books for free on Amazon using their Audible Audiobook. If you are like me, you prefer the smell and feel of holding a real book, but during this time it might be hard to get the real book.
Some of My Favorite Books:
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This is the story of a single dad, his daughter “Scout,” and their life in a small Southern town in Alabama during the 1930’s. Atticus Finch is a lawyer who defends a Black man accused of a crime he didn’t commit. The story shows the prejudice towards others of different races, as well as towards the mentally handicapped, and how a young girl struggles to understand.
The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
This is a story of a Black man researching his family history and discovers his mother isn’t just “light skinned” she is white and has a Jewish Heritage. This is a story about love of family and doing anything for each other.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
This is another period book I love. This book is one that my father encouraged me to read when I was in Junior High. Once I read the book, we watched the movie together. This is a story about a young girl growing up in the early 1900’s of America. The struggles of poverty many experienced, and trying to find hope in any situation.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
This is a quick read, but so meaningful. The story follows Eddie as he meets people he impacted during his lifetime. (Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie is also a good read.)
Sweet Tea Tuesdays by Ashley Farley
This is a story about close friends who share sweet tea every week for 26 years, then life happens. A great “beach read” about women who come together during though times.
Mary Kay Andrews is an author I have read just about all her books, and recommend every book of hers I have read! Andrews writes about strong women who have to overcome their situations. Many of her books take place in small Southern Coastal towns. Here are two you might enjoy: The High Tide Club and The Weekenders.
A good book is a great escape, so pick-up a book and start your journey.