Finding good books is always hard. It takes me forever to pick which books to read, which sucks because I go through them so fast. Being a fast reader used to suck, because I’d always have to bring three or four books with me when travelling. That’s the reason why I love my e-reader so much. If you don’t have one, look into it. The Kobo is my reader of choice, but I have friends who swear by the Kindle as well. Either way, both e-reader libraries should have the books I’m about to mention!
“On the family homestead by the sea where she grew up, Martha Mary saw ghosts. As a young woman, she hopes to distance herself from those spirits by escaping to an inland college town. There, she is absorbed by a budding romance, relieved by separation from an unstable sister, and disinterested in the flyers seeking information about a young woman who’s disappeared—until one Indian summer afternoon when the missing woman appears beneath Martha’s apartment window, wearing a down coat, her hair coated with ice.” – From Amazon
I read this while I was in the Dominican Republic earlier this year, and really enjoyed it. It’s a lot different from the types of novels I normally read, and it surprised me in a good way. It has a somewhat off-kilter feel to it, and you never truly feel settled in what’s happening. If you love ghost stories, like I do, The Clairvoyants is a modern twist that you should add to your spring reading list.
“As sisters they share an everlasting bond; as queens they can break each other’s hearts…
When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined—with Margaret’s younger sister Mary—to a unique sisterhood. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France.” – From Amazon
I also read this while on vacation earlier this year, and if you love historical fiction, you will adore this book. Philippa Gregory is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, because she brings history to life. This book really taught me a lot about the people surrounding Henry VIII, and made me interested to read more about them. I’ve always loved reading about Anne Boleyn especially, but I tend to neglect the other people in his life, like his sisters and the wife that came before Anne. I just love this type of fiction, especially for spring reading. Three Sisters, Three Queens actually made me enjoy the Tudor’s history even more than I already do.
“A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
– From Amazon
I read this the last time I was in Europe, while on the train. I can’t really explain why I love this book, because it was all about the emotion of it. It really draws you into the lives of the characters, and I think that every person will get something different from this novel. My sister ended up reading We Were Liars shortly after I did, and she said she had the same love for it. This is another book that isn’t what I would normally describe as my type of novel, but I truly enjoyed reading it.
“When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.” – From Amazon
I actually read this for one of my University classes, and it’s one of the few “class novels” I’ve ever enjoyed. It’s interesting to explore the possibilities that come from having companies like Google and Apple that have so much control over our daily lives. It’s a novel that’s very timely, considering all the problems arising surrounding privacy in relation to technology. There’s also a movie coming out soon, starring the beautiful Emma Watson as Mae, and Tom Hanks as the CEO of the Circle. I personally can’t wait to see this novel come to life onscreen.
Kateryn Parr, a thirty-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives—King Henry VIII—commands her to marry him. Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride and Kateryn’s trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as Regent. But is this enough to keep her safe? – From Amazon
Another Tudor novel, and surprise, surprise: it’s by Philippa Gregory. This is the first book I read after Three Sisters, Three Queens, because I was inspired to read more about the lesser known of Henry’s wives. The Taming of the Queen follows his marriage to his last wife, Kateryn Parr. It’s an interesting look at a time in Henry’s life that isn’t as talked about as his earlier years.