Sara’s Must Reads (Heart-Tuggers)

As many of you know, I’m an avid reader. I’m the type of person, that if sitting at the kitchen table for too long will start reading the back of her child’s cereal box. Yes, my love of reading unfortunately derails my life at times. If it comes to eating a meal or finishing a chapter, or at that an entire book, I’d probably starve. And not even at that…my soul would will my body to stay alive a few more hours to finish reading.

Placing dramatics aside, Here are a few reads that have impacted my life:

  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Under City by Katherine Boo
    • Shows the daily struggles of Indian citizens living in the inhumane slums. With dreams and aspirations, we see these characters attempt to rise above the limitations set by their society. Nonfiction.
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
    • With this read, we witness the gender tensions and war conflicts in Nafisi’s Tehran. The connection that Nafisi and her friends form with characters from popular fiction novels breaks down racial barriers. Memoir.
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hoisseni
    • In the backdrop of the Afghan War, Hoisseni introduces us to two colorful characters: Amir and Hussan. Amir and Hussan, once very close, fall apart because of the prejudices pushed on them by their rivaling families. Hoisseni delivers a beautiful story about perseverance, courage, and strength. Literary Fiction.
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hoisseni
    • This is Hoisseni’s second novel. He does a brilliant job in showing us the harsh life led by women in Taliban ruled Afghan. Though the reality is difficult for all women, there seems to be a worse fate for those on the lower ladders of their society. Literary Fiction.
  • Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
    • This novel shows the not so magical side to paradise. Brennert reveals the prejudice and discrimination towards leprosy in 19th century Hawaii. Only through Rachel, Brennert’s heroine, do we see the strength and beauty in the human spirit. Historical Fiction.

After creating this list, I notice that I lean towards a certain type of read, but they’re all very emotional in their own rights. Hope you enjoy.

If you know of one to add to my list, please feel free to share. 🙂

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