Hey lovely readers!
Here is this week’s recommendation post. Five random books from five random genres!
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes, Joe Layden
“From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner. The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.”
If you’re a fan of the movie you definitely have to read this! It was so fun and it really reminded me why I love the movie so much. I highly recommend the audio book for this one, it’s the best I’ve ever heard. All the behind the scenes stuff was great. But my favorite part was all the snippets from the other actors. So great!
A Deadly Game of Magic by Joan Lowery Nixon
“Caught in a violent storm, Lisa and her three friends take refuge in an old deserted house. Inside are strewn odd tricks and gadgets-the props of a practiced magician. Doors slam shut. The phones go dead. A ghostly hand creeps across the mantel. But the group’s fascination at these effects quickly turns to horror. Lisa has always dreamed of being a magician. Now her life and the lives of her friends-depend on her skill. Because one by one the tricks are becoming more sinister, luring the group closer and closer to the terrible secret at the end of the corridor…”
A favorite of mine from childhood. I absolutely love everything that Joan Lowery Nixon has written, well her YA mysteries at least and this one has always been my favorite. Four students get stranded in a storm and the end up seeking refuge at this random house. But of course they find themselves in the middle of a crazy, creepy mystery. A really great, random mystery YA thriller!
The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
“Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared “light-skinned” woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician and son, explores his mother’s past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, in a poignant and powerful debut, The Color Of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother. The son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white, James McBride grew up in “orchestrated chaos” with his eleven siblings in the poor, all-black projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn. “Mommy,” a fiercely protective woman with “dark eyes full of pep and fire,” herded her brood to Manhattan’s free cultural events, sent them off on buses to the best (and mainly Jewish) schools, demanded good grades and commanded respect. As a young man, McBride saw his mother as a source of embarrassment, worry, and confusion–and reached thirty before he began to discover the truth about her early life and long-buried pain.”
I read this book in high school, my junior year I think and I’ve never forgotten it. I tend to read it once a year, because I love it so much. It’s a biography written by a son about his mother and I can’t really describe how much I love it. It’s one of those books that makes you question so much about yourself and the world around you, but in the best way. It makes you think about life and your own experiences. And I know for me it gave me a newfound appreciation and respect for my amazing and hardworking mother. A really beautiful life story, told in memories from both the author and his mother.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
“Set in the deep American South between the wars, it is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by the man she calls ‘father’, she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage. But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery, singer and magic-maker – a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually, Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves.”
If you haven’t read this book or seen this movie you absolutely need to. Celie’s story is heartbreaking and beautiful and powerful all at once. Her life has never been a happy one and yet she continues to have faith. She discovers the power of believing in yourself, of love, of trust and in the end it pays off. This book isn’t easy to read my any means. It’s filled with rape and violence and racism. But it’s also filled with hope, endurance, and amazing strength of character.
Room by Emma Donoghue
“To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world….
Told in the inventive, funny, and poignant voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience – and a powerful story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible. To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work. Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.”
Amazing book and an amazing movie. This book is told entirely from the perspective of a five year old boy and I found that to be so amazing and unique. He knows nothing of the world except the room in which he lives with his mother. Again this book is a tough read both because of subject matter and narrator. Because you are only getting Jack’s perspective things don’t always make sense. But the story is so worth it.
That’s it guys! I hope you find your next favorite book here!
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! <3 Adrianna
*Covers and synopsis’ from Goodreads