Books can give so much; not just an engaging, or entertaining or educational time, nor a place of escape and adventure. Books can help in the most grievous and trying circumstances, but people’s choice of books is as variable as people them selves and the situations they are in.
Here is a selection I came across:
- The River Why – David James Duncan: a great read for any college kid feeling angst about figuring it all out
- Jane Eyre – Chalotte Bronte: at least no one ever tried to burn me alive while I slept.
- Lord of the Rings – Tolkien: Going back to Middle Earth every few years had been a constant source of comfort; I’ve visited it numerous times in the last 25+ years and it never gets old.
- The Secret Garden and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for starters. But books always help me. There is a book for everything you’re going through, even if you’re not looking for it.
- My Black Me: A Beginning Book of Black Poetry – Arnold Adolf: introduced me to some great black poets when I was a kid.
- A monster calls – Patrick_Ness: helped me grieve and gave me an articulation to my pain.