As you know (probably), I do a ton of reading.
Sometimes I read light and easy books, that are cute sweet stories, but that I will probably not remember much of in a couple months. But sometimes I read books that tend to stick with me all through life.
There are books that I have read maybe only once and maybe even years and years ago when I was young, but the story some how sticks with me and makes an impression on my heart. I may not remember the name of the book or the name of the author, but something about the story just sticks. Those are some of my favorite books.
I love a book that can touch me emotionally and cause me to think or feel deeply.
Two books I have recently read that I think have done this is a new novel called Beloved by a young author Kaitlyn Krispense and a classic called The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.
Beloved is written by young new author and you can visit her blog here. I didn't read the book thinking the writing style was absolutely amazing. There were times when I thought it was well said and times when I thought it was a little choppy or awkwardly said. There were times when I thought that I would have written it a little differently, too (but I am not the author of that book, so I don't really have any say). But the truth is, the author did have the ability to make me think and feel deeply and I think that is what makes the book stick in my memory. I don't know if I underlined anything in this book or came away with any grand quote, but I did come away from the book having a greater desire to love and reach out to hurting children who have no family. I came away from the book longing to be able to adopt or foster care or both, some day myself. I would definitely consider reading more from this author.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte I just finished reading, as well. This story was really sad at points. Anne wrote it as a kind of warning for young women to be cautious in the kind of man she marries. I don't think she was ever married herself, but she did have some very hard and difficult experiences which influenced much of the book. The book was beautifully and creatively written. After getting into the book, I had a hard time putting it down. I still like Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte better, but I really enjoyed reading a book from another Bronte sister. I have still not gotten the courage to read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and don't know if I ever will, but I would read more by Anne or Charlotte.
What are some books that have stuck in your memory recently? Any book suggestions, especially if I can get it free on kindle? Classic or new fiction?