Although I had quite a reprieve from winter this year, with hardly any snow or bone chilling temperatures, I have missed my warm afternoons out in the sun with a good book. Spring is finally here! And with the warm weather, it’s time to dust off my lounge chair and pick some good literature to enjoy in this nice upcoming weather. Here is a list of books I have compiled by favorite authors, that I plan on enjoying this season.
“Deadlocked” by Charlaine Harris
This will be the 12th installation of Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mystery series and will be released on May 1st of this year. I have been fervently keeping up with the series since I began watching the HBO adaptation, “True Blood”. If you watch the show and enjoy it, I highly recommend reading the books as they offer a lot more insight into the storyline, and focus more on the main character, Sookie Stackhouse.
“Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte
As much as I love old English literature, I have never read this book. I have heard mixed reviews from friends and family members who have read the novel, but I figure it’s about time I read the book myself and formulate my own opinion. I have been told the book is a boring read, but taking a closer look at the main characters, Catherine and Heathcliff, I was intrigued by the convoluted relationship between them and am eager to read how their story ends.
“The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis
I have seen the film adaptations, and they have left me wanting more. There are twists in the plot that I did not understand or I felt some of the characters may have been misrepresented. When I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I found myself identifying more with characters that I despised in the movies. The children’s fantasy novels should do well to quench my adventurous imagination.
“The Host” by Stephanie Meyer
This book is Stephanie Meyer’s only adult novel so far. The story takes place on Earth, however, the premise revolves around creatures from outer-space who are trying to save the planet by inhibiting humans with another “soul”. The main character a rogue human who tried to fight being captured by the alien entities but failed. After her body becomes inhibited her “new soul”, the host finds herself confronted with new body’s former conscience and is conflicted between abiding by her duty as a host or listening to her body’s former self.
“The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” by Rebecca Wells
I found this book recently at a thrift store. I had known about the film adaptation, but hadn’t looked into either the movie or the novel. When I read the back cover, I was reminded of myself when I was a child in the 90’s and created a bond with some close friends. My friends and I went through almost everything together growing up, and although we never followed any particular ideology, we often made references to how our relationships with our parents have evolved since we were kids. This book follows the lives of a group of girls who did something very similar, but followed a “guide” they implemented when they are young.