“When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine”
This week we experienced the annual solar eclipse and on the very same day we celebrated the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. In lieu with the week, I wanted to share all the books with ‘sun’ in the title.
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Let’s get on to some sun related books.
- I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson
We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”
At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world. This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
I started this book a while back and it went back to my DNF pile. But over time I did want to come back to this book and what a better time than this? From what I read, the miscommunication between Jude and Noah is very sad. I never got to the end to know what actually happened but I will get to it asap.
- The Sun Is Also A Star – Nicola Yoon
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
With the new movie out, I’m dying to read this one first and then watch the movie as that’s the rule. Seems like an fun-loving, teen romance between Natasha and Daniel that I’m very eager to read.
- A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding—that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them.
Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love—a stunning accomplishment.
To be honest, every time I pick up this book, I get side tracked. I can’t seem to concentrate on reading this book. Although, I’e heard a million ‘you must read it’ and maybe this time round I’ll be able to finally read this book.
- Catching The Sun – Tony Parsons
Just how badly do you want to find paradise? When taxi driver Tom Finn is almost jailed for confronting two burglars in his own home, he leaves broken Britain and takes his wife and children to live on the tropical island of Phuket, Thailand. Phuket is all the Finn family dreamed of – a tropical paradise where the children swim with elephants, the gibbons sing love songs in the jungle, the Andaman Sea is like turquoise glass and this young family is free to grow. But both man-made disaster and the unleashed forces of nature shatter this tropical idyll. Catching the Sun is a gripping, moving story of a family who goes in search of Paradise — and end up discovering themselves.
Who doesn’t want a happy life for their family? The synopsis itself makes me want to know how Tom Finn’s faces life’s most inevitable disasters. I do need a good survival story so this one should be a nice read.
- Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow – Jessica Day George
“Blessed” or “cursed” with an ability to understand animals, the Lass (as she’s known to her family) has always been an oddball. And when an isbjorn (polar bear) seeks her out and promises that her family will become rich if only the Lass will accompany him to his castle, she doesn’t hesitate. But the bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle, which is made of ice and inhabited by a silent staff of servants. Only a gruelling journey on the backs of the four winds will reveal the truth: the bear is really a prince who’s been enchanted by a troll queen, and the Lass must come up with a way to free him before he’s forced to marry a troll princess.
A perfect Beauty and The Beast meets A Court of Thorns and Roses. Fantasy is my love and I absolutely can’t wait to read this retelling. Prince and princess with animal friends and most of all, magic. What more do I say?