It’s hard enough for us parents to find time to read, let alone to decide what to read. Head to the library and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the stacks upon stacks of interesting-sounding titles (who can blame us for judging a book by its cover?). Just keeping up with book lists can seem like a chore. That’s why we here at LiveMom are introducing you to local authors, who will be giving you the skinny on what’s on their reading lists…because who better than a writer to turn you on to new and interesting books?!
This month, we bring you Top Five Reading Recommendations from Deanna Roy, a five-time USA Today bestselling author of women’s fiction, romance, and books for middle grade readers. Her most popular books include Forever Innocent, Forever Loved , and Forever Sheltered, which follow several college-age women with tragic pasts as they learn to move forward in their lives toward happiness and love.
You can meet Deanna at The Austin Author Affair, a local event that features 50 authors at the Renaissance Marriott Arboretum Hotel. The main book signing is Saturday, May 23 from noon to five p.m. and is free. There are also meet and greet events as well as a ticketed VIP Party Saturday night. Learn more at http://austinauthoraffair.blogspot.com.
Deanna’s Five Favorite Books
1. The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
This Newbery-award winning novel sits beside me at my writing desk and has for over thirty years. Whenever I feel myself rushing or cutting corners with my story, I glance over at it and remember to take my time. I first picked up this book when I was about twelve. I was deeply touched by the story of a girl coming of age, worried about boys and friends, but also fiercely protective of her younger brother Charlie, who was brain damaged by a fever when he was small. This is a beautiful work, and no matter how many times I read it, I never fail to cry at the tender love between sister and brother.
2. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
This is a fun, bouncing young adult novel told in verse. I made my husband read it — and he loved it. It has smart, meaningful things to say about love, and whether you’re a teen at heart or a mother looking ahead to those adolescent years with abject terror — Sones has a lot to tell you.
3. Possession (Vintage International) by AS Byatt
Brilliant. Beautiful. Romantic. Sweeping. This novel has more highlighted sections than any other in my library. Told both in current day and Victorian England, it follows two literary scholars trying to solve the mystery of a passionate affair between two poets. The movie is also well worth your time, and you can read or watch in either order — both versions hold up well.
4. The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
Atwood is better known for her classicThe Handmaid’s Tale, but this book is the one that has stayed with me the longest. In it, a woman feels crushed by the pressures of her engagement. She finds she sympathizes with food so incredibly that she can no longer eat, until eventually she imagines that she is being eaten herself. It’s a masterful symbolic work that resonates with anyone who has been overwhelmed (which is me, most of the time!).
5. Confess: A Novel by Colleen Hoover
I was drawn to Hoover’s romances with Hopeless, a powerful book about the way abuse can shape you in ways you never realized. But her newest, Confess, has sparked an amazing internet phenomenon of people confessing the secrets they held most deeply. I confessI have been riveted by the posts of readers who are moved to changed their lives after reading this novel.
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