Summer is often the time for us to relax and one way to do it is with a good book. We’ve asked four women connected with churchfor suggestions for Summer reading, and we’ve had a wide choice
Allanah writes: I would like to recommend Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth for the summer reading list. After finding the TV adaptation a bit cheesy, I was hesitant to read the book (which my mother bought me). However, it was one of the best books I’ve ever read! Not only does it give a great insight into midwifery of the 1950’s, but also a rich and intriguing view into the East End at the time, as well as the life of a young midwife living in a convent amongst some fairly eccentric nuns. There is delight, sadness, shock, and love to be found in this treasure of a book.
The first volume The Fall of Giants is set before , during and after the First World War. It is typical Follett- a good page turner and not to heavy for summer reading.
Laura (assistant head at St John’s school writes): Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian – I read this most summers as it is my favourite childhood book about an evacuee from London forming a close relationship with an unlikely character – grumpy Mister Tom who is asked to look after him during the war. It is a book about hope and friendship. I love to read how they form a special bond and grow in personality.
and: Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang – this is a book a I would recommend. It was unputdownable for me. It is about three generations of women, spanning a century. You learn an incredible amount about China’s history through personal histories. I was amazed to learn of stark differences between the culture I was raised in, my parents and grandparents were raised in, in comparison to the women in the book. After I read this, I wanted to learn even more about China so read more novels – but this is where it started.
(Laura also suggested Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick)
Mycah, interestingly, like Laura chooses a book read each year from childhood, and writes: I’m looking for forward to reading Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce. I’ve read it every year since I was a young girl and it has been a constant encouragement as a growing woman that I can do anything I set myself up to do.
Of course you are welcome to make your suggestions too – simply comment below.