By Mónica González
Hello Book Junkies! As you may know, last Wednesday, our lovely friends at The Bookmark hosted their monthly book club, this time, revolving around Jessi Kirby’s contemporary Young Adult novel Things We Know By Heart. As you may not know, certain vehicular disaster stroke once more in my life, preventing yours truly to make it in time to cover the event for the first time ever. But don’t fret my literary inclined friends. I’ve been doing some research on the super friendly, and super-eager-to-chat (or so I’ve been told) Mrs. Kirby, and I happened to stumble upon her Goodreads bookshelves. So, in the absence of a proper book club coverage, I give to you, the ten books that Jessi Kirby has given five stars to. Enjoy!
10. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
A teenager who’s been on the run with her mother for years, has to learn to settle down, leave her past behind, and live a normal life with her father, after her mother is arrested for her kidnapping.
9. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
This is a story about finding strength in loss, empowerment in discrimination and a family where you least expect it. A must read!
8. The Alchemist by Paulo Cohelo
This is one of those books that everyone should read at least once in their lives, or you could be like Kirby and reread it once every couple of years.
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Harper Lee has proven that the issues tackled in her books, not just this one, but also her recently published Go Set A Watchman, can be adapted into modern day issues as well.
6. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
A memoir that tells the struggles of a group of amateur climbers and their quest for survival during the deadly storm that struck Mount Everest in 1996.
5. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
A talented singer who loses her voice after a boating accident seeks solitude and lands in a small town where she becomes entangled with the local playboy, who happens to be the only person who doesn’t treat her like she could break at a moment’s notice.
4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The story of Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchanan in the luxurious and enthralling 1920s is another classic that you should definitely pick up! And no, watching the Leo Dicaprio movie does not count.
3. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
A rape and murder victim keeps an eye on her family from heaven, as they struggle to pinpoint the location of her killer, getting justice for the crimes.
2. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
This is one of those classics that you always know about when growing up hispanic, which also happens to be an international best seller. It follows the story of a girl who’s forced to remain unmarried and care for her mother until death, while the love of her life is forced to marry her sister in order to remain close to her, and how their unconsummated love and passion grows for over twenty years in hopes of being reunited.
1. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
In Kirby’s most recent read, a girl struggles to find her place in the world after her all-star brother gets in a drunk driving accident and eventually convicted. Her family only seems to care about what happens to him and not to his victim, which leads her to seek out a place where she finds acceptance, understanding, self-discovery, and maybe even a bit of romance.
Remember you can get these and many other titles at The Bookmark.