Books for your best friend
Christmas is coming, and if you’re looking for a special present for your bookworm BFF, what could be better than pre-loading a Kindle with some great titles? Here are my top five choices for the best in e-books this year…
Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier
The complexity of female friendship is subtly expressed in this story of two women from very different social backgrounds who meet because of their love of fossil hunting. A great, sad, fascinating story which will remind you what a gift your friendships are.
The Bloody Chamber and other stories, by Angela Carter
These re-workings of well-known traditional tales put their female characters front and centre. The stories in this classic collection are strange, unsettling, sensual, gory and brilliant. Short tales are the ideal length for fitting into subway journeys or bedtime reading with an e-reader like the Kindle HD Fire; anyone is sure to be enchanted by these beautiful offerings.
The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan
A troubled teenager fights against the system in this energetic, serious, and ultimately uplifting book. Though in the grip of an uncaring care system, with drug addicted friends and a self-harm habit, Anais is an incredibly sympathetic character who you quickly fall in love with. A book about friendship, love, and hope in the face of seemingly insuperable odds.
Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich
This is a rich evocation of a place unfamiliar to many of us – a Chippewa reservation in North Dakota. The story is told through many voices, but it is its revelation of the hearts and minds of the women that is so powerful. The hard-working, tough-minded, loving, boisterous women that populate this book will touch your heart.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson
Merricat Blackwood’s family used to be bigger … until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl. This odd little book is by turns funny and disturbing, with a unique main character who is never entirely what she seems to be. A book with a mystery that’s perfect for chatting about with a bottle of wine and your bestie!
Disclosure: The above post is sponsored content and was posted in exchange for financial contributions to WriterMom’s Blog. I have not read the books mentioned above and as such make no endorsement of them.