Sometimes a book sticks with you in the most unexpected ways. Often times for me it’s the least likely of books that stay with me. I recall them randomly in conversation years later, think of them as I am reading another book. Here are five books that have stayed with me that you should be reading.
Think the ’60s were just happened? A lot of cultural and political change is started here. And this books hits everything – culture and society, politics, literature, tech, etc.
The book covers a period of history your high school skipped – or didn’t make it up to. The story of women experiencing the shifts in Iran following the revolution, through the books they read in a secret book club.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I read this when it first came out. I was in high school. No one else had heard of it until the movie came out a few years ago. It’s a short, quick read and worth it. Transport back to high school to sit with the wallflowers at lunch.
I don’t know how it took me so, long to read, but it’s worth it. A dystopian look at a society that shifts women’s roles back a couple hundred years in the course of a just a few months. It’s never a wrong time to read a book about what happens when no one stands up and speaks out.
There is little not to like about this story of French citizens on a tiny island occupied by Nazis. Forgotten by every side for most of the war, they come together to quietly fight Nazis upon occupation. Again, under the cover of a book club. Again – never wrong to read about people taking a stand.