I had two friends who invited me to participate in two different Facebook challenges at roughly the same time, so I turned it into my own creation, which I called the “Life is Good with Books I Love” challenge. Now the problem with the challenge was I was only supposed to post the pictures of the books with no explanation. <Gasp> Asking writers to not talk about their favourite books is like…well, let’s just say that it is a different sort of challenge. So I thought I could at least blog about it. So here they are, the seven books I chose and why.
“Embers” by Richard Wagamese
I blogged about what this book meant to me earlier this year. I’ve been turning a lot to books that soothe my soul in the past year or two, and I found this one to be so magical that I bought it. For excerpts from this amazing, soul soothing book, click here.
“Loving vs. Virginia” by Patricia Hruby Powell; illustrated by Shadra Strickland
I had never heard of the story of this interracial couple who fought to decriminalize interracial marriages until last year. This beautiful novel in verse, which was eye opening for me, alternates between Richard and Mildred Loving’s viewpoints.
Read this article for some of the background of the case and for some books, including this one, that tell the story.
“Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Last week I wrote about how I am reigniting my love for my garden, and this is the book I mentioned in that post.
First published in 2003, the book has had a resurgence in popularity. Read an interview with the author here, in which she talks about the current pandemic situation and hope for the future.
“Light a Candle” by Godfrey Nkongolo and Eric Walters; illustrated by Eva Campbell
Before he became the president of an independent Tanzania in 1962, Julius Nyerere had the idea of lighting a candle at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, and this did indeed happen after he became president. The book is the story of the Uhuru (freedom) torch.
My father was born in this country before it became independent and when it was called Tanganyika (Territory), and so I have always had an interest in the country.
Click here to read what I had to say about the book in a previous blog post.
“A Many Splendoured Thing” by Han Suyin
This novel about Eurasian Suyin and her English lover Mark provided comfort and insight in the early years of my marriage, while I was living in Beijing. The author Han Suyin was half-Chinese and half-Belgian, which gave her a unique perspective on bicultural and biracial relationships.
“Women Who Run With the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
A gift from my bestie, this book is as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1992.
If you don’t have time to read it right now, this article contains an excellent summary.
“The Art of Bev Doolittle”
I love optical illusions and I love nature, and Doolittle’s art combines both. I fell in love with her art when I was a young woman.
Watch this video for examples of her pictures.
I could likely do this challenge for a year and then some, so there were many books I left out like my childhood favourites “Anne of Green Gables” and “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
What books would you put on your list? Leave me a comment below.
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