It’s amazing what we take for granted. In working on the edits of the WWII story I’ve written about how a captured teenage boy becomes a man as a Japanese POW in WWII, I’m reminded how much I’ve taken for granted. We live in a peaceful, secure country where education is possible. Where loads of us are about to attend graduation ceremonies. Where our young men and women have worked so hard to get their degrees. I write about one of them that wasn’t as lucky. I’m not quite ready to share an excerpt but will be very soon.
Here are a few books I’ve read this year that I would recommend if you like the backdrop of change that only graduation/college life can provide:
Blankets by Craig Thompson Here’s my review:
I received this beautifully illustrated book from my daughter for Christmas. A friend recommended it to her in her sophomore year in college. The story goes to some uncomfortable places, but does so with such eloquence and honesty that you leave with a better understanding of what it means to love and what faith really is. I’d recommend this book to any young adult, especially those who are trying to keep the faith in a conflicted world where every one seems to have an opinion over what they should or shouldn’t do. And those in the first throes of a loving relationship. This was a book that my daughter said had really touched her very deeply. I can see why. The illustrations are breathtaking and comes from an inspired artist.
Wiccan by M. Leighton Here’s my review:
The premise of Wiccan will make your heart stop. Mercy from the time she is an eight-years-old can sense and see murders. Murders that have taken place in the past. Only now, well, she sees them before they happen. Can she stop them? Can she allow herself to fall in love in the process? You will not be able to put this book down. The only serious problem with Wiccan is that it ends. And, honestly, I wanted more. Read it and you’ll understand what I mean.
Check out the great graduation/last day of school reads of my fellow carnis!