I really enjoy reading but do not do it nearly enough. I think many are like this, and just choosing which book to read can be difficult. I wanted to share a few books with you that are among my favorites. I will be sharing more in the future, but here are my top three favorite novels (not necessarily in order!)
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai is a novel which explores the individual and communal impact of colonialism in a northeastern Indian town in the middle of the last century. A great look into history, culture, and the lives of the characters Desai will introduce you to, this book is on the top of my list.
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis is again a lesser-known work by an outstanding author (now best-know for his Chronicles of Narnia series). Lewis retells the myth of Cupid and Psyche in an intriguing and dramatic turn through the eyes of the “ugly sister”, Orual. I re-read this book every year and am continually amazed by the depth of understanding Lewis shows of the divine-human relationship, totalitarianism and its effects on humanity, and his theme of the “dark and light, thick and thin”.
The Short Reign of Pippin the IV by John Steinbeck is one of this great author’s lesser-known works, but also one of my favorites. The short novel is a satirical look into early and mid-century French politics that still has me laughing and thinking.