Books to Read This Spring
March and April provide the perfect opportunity to catch up on all that reading you had planned for the winter months. With far drearier days ahead, it can be nice to cozy up with a good book and settle in for the end of spring showers. With many great books coming out in Spring 2019, and just as many that are already available, there is no reason not to find a story worth reading. Here are a few you may want to check out from your local library.
If you enjoy thrilling novels set decades or centuries in the past, here are two excellent choices:
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
This harrowing novel follows the life of a Jewish man named Lale Sokolov as he is put to work in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. His work, however, doesn’t follow the patterns of most manual labour jobs those imprisoned beside him engage in. Lale is given the job of a Tätowierer; a tattooist, inking the arms of incoming Jews with the numbers that would forever remain as a symbol of the atrocities committed in these dark places. Of any novel set during the war, this is the one to read.
The Gown by Jennifer Robson
This new novel by the author of Somewhere in France follows women both past and present, in post-war Britain and Toronto more than 50 years later. You need only look to Robson to create and capture such a stunning portrayal of a society hurt tremendously by a terrible war, and the daring hope for a new dawn, embodied in a dress. This story works to unravel a minor mystery that involves the wedding gown of Queen Elizabeth herself, and also touches on the lives of the people involved with its creation. A must read for 2019.
Sometimes what we need is a good book to make the world seem a better place. Here are some you can try:
Becoming by Michelle Obama
If you need to feel inspired, look no further than this former first-lady of the United States. Her new memoir, at times reeling with feelings of disappointment and also moments of sheer happiness and joy, brings us closer to the many ways in which someone who seems like no-one, can become something truly great. Her warm voice spills throughout every page, and makes Michelle Obama’s story one well worth picking up.
One to keep your eye on:
Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
The latest to be published by journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell will be released in print sometime this Fall, and believe me when I say, I can’t wait. Gladwell spins a story out of random facts and interesting connections like no one else. Who else can write a book on things like ketchup and mustard, and make it a bestseller? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, perhaps this is a great time to read some of his earlier books, perhaps Tipping Point, or Blink. A blending of pop psychology and engrossing story-telling, Malcolm Gladwell is certainly one to read this year.