April Reads

Although April is behind us, it looks like its showers are following us into May. Why not grab a book from your local library and cozy up for a rainy weather read? Read on for some suggestions from my 2015 Reading Challenge.

The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig (Book Written This Year)
This was a book I found on our New Books Shelf and I am so glad I picked it up! A dystopian fiction set in a world after nuclear devastation. In this tale, all people are born in twins; one perfect (the Alpha) the other flawed in some way (the Omega) and they are politically divided. This story follows Cass, an Omega seer who dreams of a world where twins can live next to each other in happiness rather than torn apart by societal demands. Fast paced and exciting The Fire Sermon kept my interest peeked the entire time. I look forward to the rest of the trilogy and I’ve even heard that there is a movie deal in the works!

Zombie Haiku (Finished In A Day)
This was book that I was able to enjoy thanks to our InterLibrary Loan Service. It told the story of an unnamed man as he fights the zombie apocalypse but eventually falls prey to a zombie. His de-evolution into a brain-obsessed, flesh eating creature is told solely in Haiku poetry form and is both entertaining and gag-inducing.

Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors (Set Somewhere You Want To Go)
A historic fiction set in 17th century Hindustan and following the family of the emperor responsible for building of the Taj Mahal, Beneath a Marble Sky caught my attention early and didn’t let go! Told from the perspective of the eldest daughter of the emperor, Shors imparts a story of love and hate, dedication and betrayal, war and politics; this book has it all and then some. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for any and all who love setting and a great story.

The Bear by Claire Cameron (Based On A True Story)
Loosely based on a terrible bear attack in Algonquin Park in 1991, The Bear by Claire Cameron takes creative license and adds in two children who escape the attack and must survive alone in the wilderness until help arrives. The story is told from the perspective of 5 year old Anna and is utterly fascinating, horrifying and heartbreaking. The Bear is a well written novel that captures both the innocent, egocentric voice of a child as well as the strength of survival and underlying love for family.

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (a Play)
A Raisin in the Sun follows the Youngers, an African American family living in Chicago in the 1950s. The plot revolves around an insurance cheque for $10,000 that the Youngers are about to receive and the differing opinions on what to do with the money. This play definitely deserves its classic status. The dialogue was realistic and sad and beautiful all at the same time. With race issues still affecting us today, and in light of the recent riots in Baltimore, it’s important to revisit classics like Hansberry’s play to see how far (or not so far) we’ve come.

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