Well Christmas usually brings great tidings, and fabulous books. The holiday season did not fail me this year in literary texts, and I read two of the best books I have ever set my eyes upon. Because I loved both of these books equally, I have decided to let them share a post. I feel like I am almost cheating them, because I liked them both infinitely better than anything else I have read this year, but then again, this preface almost does them justice 🙂
My boss, my friends, even random strangers I have over heard have been raving about this book. I was also looking for a Christmas present for my mom. She likes a good book, so I bought it, which gave me the excuse to proof read it before I wrapped it up. Smart thinking? I’d say so.
This book is about breaking racial and gender barriers in a hostile world. Set in Mississippi in the 60s, three different women struggle to succeed in a society that is against them. Aibilee and Minny are two African American women working as maids, while Skeeter is a rich white woman set on making a change . These three women work together to get their stories heardd. Stockett does a wonderful job creating three distinct perspectives and voices for each women. This is a heartfelt story that really got to me, and I literally did not put the book down. My mom came in a couple of times when I was reading it, and I had to dive under my covers so she wouldn’t see me. Needless to say, she was a little suspicious. But I was too invested in the characters to let a little something like keeping a Christmas gift secret get in the way.
This next book was in my Christmas stocking, and I had finished it by the end of Christmas day, it was that
good. Set in post World War II England, Juliet is a writer with nothing to write about. That is when she gets a letter from a man in Guernsey who has one of her used books, and wanted to find more. After friendly communication, she finds out there is much more to the story. A whole group of friends on the island of Guernsey created a literary society to keep themselves safe from the Nazi occupation. Juliet ends up visiting the island, and learns more about the wonderful stories. This novel, written entirely in letters, is the kind of British humor that I love. It is written beautifully, and I was crying happy tears by the end.
Please read both of these books. They are both very uplifting, and good for the soul like chicken noodle is for your health 🙂