Well, it’s official. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter.
Which means six more reasons to find a good book to read! If you don’t have a pile on a bedside table waiting, here are a few I’d recommend:
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Think My Fair Lady (original play – Pygmalion), The Sound of Music (The Story of the Trapp Family Singers), even You’ve Got Mail (based on play Parfumerie; little shopgirl/caregiver partnered with/pitted against wealthy “landowner.” Only with a twist: former Buttered Bun cafe clerk is hired to be companion for former stud-now-quadriplegic. More than a romance (thankfully, as not my thing), a story about choices. Couldn’t sleep until I finished it, and then I couldn’t sleep after.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt and Fairyland by Alysia Abbott
Both, coincidentally, swirl around the “gay” topic, and both are told from young girls’ points of view. In the novel Wolves, set in New York City, June unravels her uncle’s secret life. Revealed in bits and pieces only after his AIDS-related death, June struggles to understand him and herself. On the opposite coast in San Francisco, Alysia also struggles to understand, love, and ultimately forgive her own father in her memoir, Fairyland.
And while all three (of which all are now on my GoodReads list of favorites) feature female protagonists (which, oddly, was not why these books were chosen), fear not, testosterone readers. A strong male presence figures prominently in each book; in fact, without Will or Finn or Steve, there would be no story. The relationships between each of the pairs is of paramount significance. You must read them for yourselves; I will not spoil.