5 Five Star Books!

You love reading, but there’s  no way you have tons of time to find books to read. I hear this a lot. In fact, you say there’s nothing like discovering books effortlessly without going to bookstores or endlessly browsing the internet. But, reading is a never-ending cycle. It’s essential for many reasons; it’s a source of comfort and a way to capture the past or imagine the future. For some, it’s a way to get in touch with feelings or wrestle with controversial topics. If you’re inspired to read more but feel underwhelmed by your TBR list, you don’t need to look any further. Keep scrolling for books people are buzzing about.

“Literature is the safe and traditional vehicle through which we learn about the world and pass on values from one generation to the next. Books save lives.” – Laurie Anderson

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The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson

Why I liked this book: I like stories of redemption, where characters struggle to forgive themselves or others, but finally, see the light. This book makes you think about many current topics, like social class, race, and income disparity. It also digs deep into issues like motherhood and the meaning of family.

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Atomic Love by Jennie Fields

Why I liked this book: This book is an excellent mix of romance and historical fiction. It’s intelligent—there’s tension, and there’s mystery and love. But the heart of the book is Rosalind, a scientist in an era with few. She drags herself up after being knocked down and struggles to overcome guilt. The reviews are mixed on this one – perhaps because of the strong romance theme. I loved it.

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The Star Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman

Why I liked this book: This book is a gem. It’s a fresh, modern family drama with characters that range from charming to cantankerous and stubborn. The plot is clever. There’s a curse on the Fontins family women – second-born daughters can’t find love. That is until Emily sets her mind to it. This is a great weekend read with witty characters that are fun to follow.

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Klara And The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Why I liked this book: How can something as strange and foreign as a story about an Artificial Friend feel so familiar? Because it digs deep into the human condition, exploring humanity, love, and sentiments. It poses some interesting questions. Can humans be replicated? Will Robots soon be a part of our lives? Are we lonely? This is a touching, thought-provoking book with a dystopian theme that ponders life’s lessons.

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Big Lies In A Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

Why I liked this book: This is an immensely engaging story with a bit of love and mystery mixed in. It’s a story of self-realization and forgiveness that will spark your senses with real-life problems. It’s also believable. You will witness the dark side of humanity but will come away with feelings of generosity and kindness.

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Part 1. Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Barbara Tuchman

Part 2. They are engines of change, windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print. Barbara Tuchman

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Happy Reading,

Linda 

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  1. 1
    SallyValente

    The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek was a great read. A book for book lovers and a wonderful historical account of those times.
    I love the Barbara Tuchman quotes which ring so true.

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      PBR

      Sally, thanks for visiting our site. I love the Barbara Tuchman quote too, one of my favorites. And, I really enjoyed the Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. I think it will generate some great conversation for Book Clubs.

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    Donna Hubner

    Two books that I have recently finished are Caste by Isabel Wilkerson and Tightrope by Nicholas Kristof & his wife. I consider both books mandatory reading!!! Also, these two books should be on the reading list of every HS student because they will be our future leaders. Things need to change in our contemporary world: drug addiction,, undereducation, suicide, poverty, racial disparities, immigration reform, etc.

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      PBR

      Donna, Thanks for the book recommendations. I had not heard of Tightrope, but it’s definitely going on my TBR list. I share your concerns about the change needed in our society. I only wish change was not so slow to happen. Education is key to a better world – it would help with the other issues too. I say start encouraging children to read early – it’s the first step in learning.

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