I kind of write a post of books that I love and appreciate each week in the form of “My Favorite Books.” Sometimes, though, it’s nice just to have a compiled list of books that I’ve really appreciated reading.
So, without further ado, here are five books I’m glad I read:
1. Tuesdays With Morrie (Mitch Albom)
Author Mitch Albom became friends with Morrie Schwartz when he took several sociology classes taught by the professor. After college, the two of them lost contact until many years later when Albom learned of Morrie’s terminal illness. Every Tuesday, the two would meet up and talk. Each week, Morrie would give a lesson to his only pupil. This book is the compilation of these visits and a dedication to friendship.
2. The Fact of a Body (Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich)
Part memoir, part true crime story, Marzano-Lesnevich tells the story of how, as a public defender and strong advocate to abolish the death penalty, began to wrestle with unusual emotions about her beliefs as she begins reviewing convicted murderer Rick Langley’s case. Perfectly balanced between telling her story and that of Rick Langley’s, the author touches on a variety of controversial topics without leading the reader astray from the main points as well as keeping you riveted to the very end. A heavy book, but one that is worth the read.
3. Roots (Alex Haley)
I read this book over the course of a month one summer a few years ago. It’s the story of Haley’s family, starting with Kunta Kinte, the African man who is forcibly taken from his home in Africa to become a slave in America. Each generation has their own story and hardships, until we reach the author and his journey to tell the family story. It’s a hard story to read in some parts, but necessary. It’s definitely a classic, especially in black/African American literature and definitely a book to be read at least once.
4. The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
I first read Anne Frank when I was eleven years old, same age as Anne when she began her diary. I then read it again in college when I was going through a period where I needed to read books to feel like I wasn’t alone and needed connection. Anne helped me find that connection and that we’re not alone. Not to mention she’s very poignant for her age. I’m sorry she had to suffer so much at the hands of people who thought voices like hers should be silenced. Definitely worth a read, I’ve read it several times since then.
5. The End of Your Life Book Club (Will Schwalbe)
During his mother’s final years battling cancer, she and her son, author Will Schwalbe read various books together and discussed their impact and views of them. It’s part memoir, but really a dedication to books and how they impact us as humans and how they bring us together. Definitely one that stuck with me for a very long time.
Have you read any of these books? Let me know which books you’re glad you read.
I realized I picked all nonfiction books for this list. If this post is well received, maybe I’ll do one for fiction!