This months reading recommendations feature a blue cover theme. The cover and/or the spine of each of these novels is decorated using various shades of the color blue, my absolutely favourite color. Each of these books is vastly different than the next, and they’re a good mix of different genres and reading levels. Let me know your opinions of these novels down below!
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones is story which follows the fourteen year old protagonist Susie Salmon, like the fish, in her journey through to the afterlife after she is murdered. Her killer has not yet paid for his crimes, and Susie tells the story from a series of memory flashbacks, current observations of her living family and through flashbacks from the killer himself.
The story is heart warming yet heart wrenching, and it makes you feel the emotional impact of the death of a child from everyone in her life, as well as unraveling the mystery of what happened to her in her final hours.
This novel was also made into a movie starring Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz in 2009, but the movie does not do the novel justice. It’s a must read.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This story follows a young blind girl named Marie during World War II in Paris, France. Her father works for the museum of natural history, and his life is threatened by the Nazi’s after the disappearance of one of the worlds most valuable jewels. Marie is sent to live with her estranged uncle on the coast of France, and she spends her time fixing radios and illegally broadcasting what is happening throughout her war torn country. Her path crosses with a German boy, and together they try to mend their tools to track down the resistance. This work of historical fiction is a page turner, and I absolutely could not put it down.
A Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Light Between Oceans follows a happily married couple through their journey to conceive a baby. Together they run a lighthouse on an island, isolated from the rest of their small community. After suffering miscarriage after miscarriage, a boat washes up on the shore of their island with a dead man and a young living baby girl on board. They take the baby girl, and begin to raise her as their own.
This story follows the heart wrenching decision of a grieving family, the impact of their isolation and the realization that sometimes what seems like the best solution isn’t always the right one.
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The easiest way to describe The Selection series is it’s the Bachelor meets dystopia. 35 eligible girls from different states throughout a futuristic United States, now called Illéa compete for the chance to marry Prince Maxon. Society is divided through a caste system, with numbers ranging from 1 (the royal family) through to 8 which is the forgotten and lost. Each caste is assigned a role within society and their job is to do their assigned roles to keep the community flowing.
War keeps threatening the country of Illéa, and the rebels continue to attack the castle to destroy the monarchy and the caste system. This story follows a girl named America who receives an opportunity to compete in the Selection and discovers more about herself along the way. It’s the first book in a series of five novels, all gripping and exciting.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Ruta Sepetys is one of the best historical young adult fiction writers I have ever read. This story follows four individuals during the World War II times on their harrowing journey to trying to board the MV Wilhelm Gustloff. It’s a captivating book that tugs at all your heartstrings. It shows the passion of young people during one of the toughest times of their lives: trying to survive a war torn country during the Second World War.