I’m an avid reader, finishing about a book a week, so for this week’s Fun Friday, I thought I’d share three of my favorite reads from the past few months. And, hey, if you read any of them (or have already read them), let me know what you think!
- The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey. Set in the same post-apocalyptic world as The Girl with All the Gifts, this prequel centers around a team of scientists and military personnel (plus a very clever boy with autism) who set out to find a cure for the monster plague that’s infected their world. Unlike The Girl with All the Gifts, the main character in this book isn’t the title character. Instead, it’s the scientist who most believes in the boy’s genius. It was her who convinced the authorities that the boy with the odd personality should be part of their mission–and now he has to prove himself, because no one else on the team wants him along.
- The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson. True crime at its finest, Larson is a master storyteller, interweaving the true stories of Daniel Hudson Burnham, the brilliant architect of the 1893 World’s Fair, and Henry H. Holmes, a psychopath masquerading as a charismatic doctor who built a “World’s Fair Hotel” that he then used to trap and murder dozens of people. This is one of those true stories that’s definitely stranger than fiction.
- This is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel. An overworked but happy couple decide to keep it secret that their youngest child is transgender (born a boy but presenting as a girl). They’re doing this, not because they’re ashamed of their daughter, but because they’re afraid of how other people might treat her. And of course the secret comes out. Beautifully written with equal doses of humor and heartbreak, this is a story that will stay with me for a long time.
Do you have a favorite book you’d like me to read? I’m up for the challenge!