Francine River’s “A Lineage of Grace” brings to life the stories of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. She takes us along on the journeys of these five strong women and immerses us in their individual tales. We experience the struggle and despair these women had to face as they dealt with prostitution, power struggles, pain and scandals. In the end we see the blessings they each received. This book is bound to cause a few tears of joy and happiness as we see each woman fulfill her calling.
Ken Follett’s “Pillars of the Earth” is a gripping novel about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages. The story is about love, loss, humility, power and the struggles between brothers, the church and those in power. Follett does an amazing job describing the details of how they built the cathedral. He expertly intertwines all of the characters’ lives and how they affect each other in the building of the cathedral. It’s an Oprah’s Book Club pick. Pick up a copy; once you start it, you won’t be able to put it down.
In George Orwell’s book “1984,” Winston Smith is a citizen of the super state of Oceania. They are in a constant state of war with two other rival superpowers and controlled by a group simply known as the “Inner Party” that does not care about helping others. They only have power for the sake of having power. Winston is a member of the “Outer Party” and works for the Ministry of Truth where his job is changing past news stories. In this society, individuality is persecuted and free thinking is known as tough crime. However, Winston dreams of revolution against the state.
John Green’s “Looking for Alaska” follows Miles Halter’s journey from his boring, repetitive life to seek his “Great Perhaps” moment. He attends Culver Creek boarding school and makes a group of friends, including Alaska Young, whom he quickly develops a crush on. She teaches him many important life lessons. The book follows the friends on a journey of ups and downs. Green allows moments for the reader to laugh and cry with the vulnerability of the characters. Green’s books “Paper Towns” and “The Fault in Our Stars” have already been adapted into movies.
In Patrick Rothfus’s “The Name of the Wind” we follow the life of a young orphan, Kvothe, who lives on the crime-ridden streets of his city. One day he manages to enroll in the University for School of Magic at an age younger than most. There, his extracurricular activities include burning down the town of Trebon. We struggle alongside Kvothe and see him rise to become one of the greatest wizards in the world. If you are looking for a fantasy book with plenty of adventure and suspense, this book is for you.
Brandon Sanderson’s “Mistborn” is the first in an adventure-filled trilogy. In an empire controlled by the iron fist of the Lord Ruler and filled with the power of allomancy, the magic of metals, we see the rise of a young skaa girl as she and a gang of other allomancers set off to take down the empire. Together they must defeat the immortal Lord Ruler and his Steel Inquisitors. This book is filled with adventure, excitement and spine-chilling creatures. If you are looking for an exciting and thrilling read, this book is it.