There are few books I find that, when fully read, I have a sense of total awe and satisfaction. When I happen upon those books, I can’t help but return to them time and time again, as if the story gets better with every single read.
Of these books that I have found, here are my top 5:
This post-apocalyptic tale is by far my favorite book of all time. The challenges the characters face in a dangerous new world, coupled with the struggle to be good and decent people in such difficult circumstances, there is much we can learn through this work. Even in the times we are currently living in, we can learn to see the value of kindness and discernment in all situations.
This book opened my eyes to some historical facts that I had previously been unaware of. The bravery of the men and women who fought with the French Resistance during World War II is truly astounding.
This story follows two sisters as they maneuver life in a Nazi-occupied territory. They are subject to unthinkable atrocities and great loss, but continue to create good with the things they do both during and after the war.
Anne of Green Gables is one of my childhood favorites. I have read it many times since I first cracked its spine in fifth grade, and the story never gets old. Definitely a bit different from the TV and movie versions, this book tells of a brave girl who rose above harsh beginnings and found the love of a family all her own.
Rilla is the daughter of Anne of Green Gables and her story is told about 7 books later, marking the end of the series. I love this book because it depicts the perspective of a young girl whose country, including her brothers and friends, have been thrust into war. It has everything you would expect in a good story: love, a bit of suspense, sadness, and bravery.
Andrew Carroll has spent years curating thousands of letters written by service men and women to their loved ones back at home. This book, only a fraction of the letters shared by families from around the country, helps an outsider gain understanding of American conflicts from the perspective of the soldiers who endured them. These are average men and women, thinking of their families and times gone by, that answered the call to serve their country in times of war and peace.
What are some of your favorite books?