Did you know that August 9th is National Book Lover’s Day? The Virginia Square Plaza Blog has some book suggestions for you to read this month. Check out a book from the Arlington Public Library and get reading!
Books Coming Out This Month
If you’re looking for an intriguing murder mystery, read See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt. This book comes out this month. It’s the story of Lizzie Borden who some suspect murdered her father and stepmother in 1892. If you’re looking for a book that’ll change your perspective and make you think, read Sour Heart: Stories by Jenny Zhang. This book came out on August 1st. It’s a collection of stories from Chinese American girls who grew up in New York. Learn about all sorts of different and interesting stories from the perspective of these girls.
Nobel Prize Winners
If you haven’t already read I Am Malala, we highly suggest it. It’s a book written by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb. It tells Malala’s story of how she fought against the Taliban in Pakistan for her right to an education. She even survived a shot to her head and continued the fight. You might also like Lord of the Flies. It’s a book that has been a favorite by students and critics for decades.
The Secret Life of Bees is a great coming-of-age book. It’s written by Sue Monk Kidd. It’s the story of Lily Owens who lives with her abusive father and housemaid, Rosaleen. The book tells Lily’s story of accidentally killing her mother as a toddler. As a teenager she tries to discover who her mother was and meets people who may be able to help her and help her find healing. The House on Mango Street is another great option. It has been taught and read by people all over the world. It tells the story of Esperanza Cordero who learns to invent herself and discover who she is while living in Chicago.
We could all use a good fairy tale every once in awhile. Cinder is a non-traditional fairy tale about a sixteen-year-old cyborg living in New Beijing in a dystopian era. It chronicles her story of surviving her stepmother, stepsisters, and the plague, which starts to spread through their city. It’s written by Marissa Meyer. The Snow Child is another great fairy tale about Jack, Mabel, and their snow child. This book was written by Eowyn Ivey and delights many who have read it.
What are your favorite types or genres of books? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading and visit again soon!