With so many great recommendations lately it’s hard to pick what to read next, but Condy always decides.
Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of a Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters
Charlotte Jones Voiklis, Léna Roy
Goodreads says: This elegant and insightful biography of Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007) was written by her granddaughters, Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy. Using never-before-seen archival materials that include photographs, poems, letters, and journal entries from when Madeleine was a child until just after the publication of her classic, A Wrinkle in Time, her granddaughters weave together an in-depth and unique view of the famous writer. It is a story of overcoming obstacles–a lonely childhood, financial insecurity, and countless rejections of her writing–and eventual triumph.
Why? I fell in love with reading again this year and after reading A Wrinkle in Time, I felt inspired to learn more about the author. I loved that her success was earned and even though her stories were a little too out there for publishers at the time, she persevered. I think we don’t talk about perseverance like we used to and I want to see how she lived and how she succeeded.
Little Fires Everywhere
Goodreads says: Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.
Why? This book came as a recommendation from a fellow book nerd and I’m throwing it in here because I trust her recommendations that much. Ever since she’s mentioned it to me, I continue to see it pop up in social circles and conversations. I suspect it’ll be a fast read.
Would love to hear what else you’re hoping to read–leave a comment!