Like a lot of my buddies, I've resolved to read more books this year. After all, we gain so much from expanding our literary endeavors. While I am typically a vintage books kind of gal, it certainly is refreshing to see modern novels that focus on relevant issues.
If you are searching for a new perspective around the world, then take a look at these 7 top modern books:
1. “This Is when It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel
Rosie and Penn start a parenting journey they never expected when Claude, one of their five biological sons, struggles together with his gender identity. Through the novel, they learn to navigate the challenges of keeping his identity a secret and also the dangers that result from breaching trust. Filled with heartbreak and humor, “This Is How It Always Is” captivated me with its raw honesty. I laughed, cried, and cherished each character. This novel is a must read!
2. “Coming Clean” by Kimberly Rae Miller
Mental illness is a predominant theme in “Coming Clean,” although not within the ways you might anticipate. This memoir shares the true experience with a young woman who grew up in a home that “started to resemble the bottom of a garbage can.” Her father's compulsive hoarding and mother's addiction to shopping threatened her relationship with her parents. It is just like the show “Hoarders: Buried Alive,” but from the look at a family member as opposed to the hoarder themselves.
3. “Call Me Tuesday” by Leigh Byrne
Some events change everything. Tuesday Storm learned this difficult lesson first-hand after her sister's illness and a tragic accident renders her mother mentally unstable. This fictional memoir highlights the realities of abusive homes, including the fearful desperation of Tuesday's father because he wages an interior war to divulge his wife's secrets for the sake of his daughter.
4. “Bear Town” by Fredrik Backman
Backman certainly displays his creativity in this captivating novel. The small community of Bear Town revolves around its local hockey team. Although the opening chapters might edge for non-sports fans, “Bear Town” touches on current issues like sexual assault, homophobia, and sexism as people in the city go to great lengths to preserve their image-even in the event that entails compromising their morals. I greatly appreciate how the storyline explores issues from multiple viewpoints: the victim's, the abuser's, and every of their parents', coaches', and friends.'
5. “The Atonement Child” by Francine Rivers
Dynah Carey seems to have the ideal life having a loving family along with a handsome fiancé. That's, until she's raped. An unwanted pregnancy leaves her confronted with a difficult decision. Does she embrace the budding life inside of her or should she compromise her Faith to end her nightmare? Abortion is a controversial topic, and Francine Rivers does an amazing job at conveying the reasons of the woman's choice.
6. “Call Me From your Name” by André Aciman
“Call Me By Your Name” isn't one of those generic summer romance books. Elio meets Oliver, his father's most promising student, at his parents' elegant Italian mansion. The boys cannot deny their growing affections as they test out their sexuality. The novel provides a real, raw view of homosexuality that avoids the clichés of both LGBT and heterosexual love stories.
7. “Dreamland” by Sarah Dessen
Caitlin is a senior high school girl seeking a whirlwind romance. She soon meets Rogerson, and becomes fascinated with how different he's using their company boys at her school. Despite his abusive home, Caitlin continues to be surprised when he hits her the very first time. Sarah Dessen is a fabulous YA author with plenty of books out, and in “Dreamland,” her talent definitely shines as she explores the conflict of cutting ties with an abusive relationship.
The insight these books offer is infinitely valuable. Whether or not they align with your personal situation or not, they've the power to revolutionize your opinions. The next time you need new things to see, give one of these simple novels a try!
What books have you been reading since the start of the new year? Tell us!