As you may know, I’m doing a reading challenge for 2019 where I have challenged myself to read 100 books. I calculated it out to be 8.3 books a month! Which is possible.. Maybe. I might be in over my head but these are the reviews for my top 3 favorites reads of each month! (This was a little hard)
- Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult:
Jodi is an amazing writer. You can tell that she does extensive research on every book she has written. You may be familiar with the book My Sister’s Keeper which was turned into a film. In this story Jodi takes us through the lives of three main characters Ruth, Turk, and Kennedy whose universes collide due to the death of an infant. Ruth is a labor and delivery nurse as she comes in to relive a shift it turns out that the parents are both white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is african american, to touch their baby. The baby goes into cardiac distress while she’s in the nursery and since she hesitates to intervene she is then charged with a serious crime. Kennedy is a white public defender who takes on Ruth case who says that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted Ruth tries to keep her life as normal as possible while raising her son alone.
It is a wonderfully written story with a plot that has you on the edge of your seat. The chapters are separated by characters giving you full background of why and how the characters are the way they are.
2. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Jack beautifully illustrates the story through the eyes of a dog named Buck and what he has to go through in order to survive. The style and language are older which is really intriguing to me. It was written in 1903. The story opens at a ranch in Santa Clara Valley, California, when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska. He becomes progressively feral in the harsh environment, where he is forced to fight to survive and dominate other dogs. By the end, he sheds the veneer of civilization, and relies on primordial instinct and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild. There is such an abundance of violence and animal cruelty that it made this such an emotional read to me. I truly felt like it depicted teway a dog thinks wonderfully.
3. The Universe of Us by Lang Leav
Lang crafts her words so terrifically. This is the first book I have read by her although she is a best-selling author. Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found. Lang’s words encompasses the feeling of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings. I related a lot to her writings about love. I do believe it is more crafted for young readers than the older generations.