The rigorous routine of life is often hard to escape, and, if you do find the time to relax you realize you’ve forgotten how. Well, why not do it the old fashioned way? Leave the computer, television, and telephone aside, and sit down with a good book and a steaming mug of coffee.
Here are a few great books that will be easy to find at any library:
The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger- This is a love story that explores the human soul at depth. Clare Abshire is an artist who struggles with the frequent but inevitable disappearances of her husband Henry DeTamble. Henry is a librarian born with a genetic disorder that causes unpredictable time travel. The story is told from the perspectives of both characters.
Publishers Weekly said: “This clever and inventive tale works on three levels; as an intriguing science fiction concept, a realistic character study and a touching love story.”
When Crickets Cry, by Charles Martin- The story of a seven-year-old girl with a serious heart problem, and how she changes the life of a man who thought he had left his painful past behind him.
Southern Living said: “When Crickets Cry manages to deliver a poetic love story, a heart-pounding medical thriller, and a spiritual epiphany, all while smoothly introducing charming characters and twists that keep the pages turning.”
Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen- This historical fiction tells the story of a man who leaves veterinary school and joins a circus following the death of his parents. What he discovers there is a completely unfamiliar, and he quickly learns the rules of survival in a world not his own.
The book has been described as “An atmospheric, gritty and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932… Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place.”