Coming to you today with two more incredible Julia’s Picks!
I am beyond proud to give my stamp of approval to both of these. They are completely “unputdownable” and I’ve recommended them both to countless people.
I know it’s been a while since the last installment… but I’m still on my quest to become Heather Reisman, so the Julia’s Picks must go on.
This is an extra-special book because it’s written by a friend’s mom! I bought my copy based on a recommendation from my old roommate Leah, and I laughed and cried the entire way through. It’s a witty and poignant account of caring for parents with dementia. More funny than it is sad, the unbelievable-but-true stories had me roaring with laughter on public transit, in my place of work… everywhere. I even read passages aloud to a couple girlfriends. This is the perfect feel-good read for any time of year, but I would definitely suggest it as a gift for anyone who has cared for a parent or grandparent.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
You know those books you can’t stop thinking about, even after you’ve finished it? This is one of those. I was thinking about this book for weeks after I’d read it (I even named my goldfish after one of the characters). In all seriousness, it touched me in a way very few books have done. Hosseini’s character development is unparalleled – his stories are touching, without being clichéd or predictable. The best way to describe it is as the girls’ version of The Kite Runner – and not because it’s girly, but because it’s about two women instead of two men. They, Mariam and Laila, have seemingly separate lives, until Rasheed comes into the picture… and I cannot tell you any more because you absolutely must read this book as soon as you possible can. It’s beautiful, haunting and evokes every emotion a great novel should. For that reason, it’s probably my favourite book ever. And that’s saying a lot.
Have you read either of these? What did you think?