A quick read that’s “absolutely charming,” according to one staff member, is Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks. Uniquely told from the point of view of an “ancient” imaginary friend, Budo is well aware that the day will come when 8-year-old Max no longer needs him. And sure enough, one day Budo is presented with a dilemma: dare he band together with other imaginary friends to protect Max, knowing that a successful effort just might be what Max needs to give Budo up? Rest assured, in the end all ends well.
Fans of Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey will enjoy reading Longbourn by Jo Baker. Once again we are in the Bennet home, but this time we meet the family from the point of view of the servants. While the Bennet family carry on their lives in the background, this story centers on the young housemaid Sarah and the handsome new footman who catches her eye.
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride is a “hilarious whopper of a tale” that’s a great choice to listen to. With a mix of historical characters and wild imagination, McBride tells the story of a young slave, Henry, who travels disguised as a girl with the abolitionist John Brown and ends up at the 1859 uprising in Harpers Ferry.
Although Ann Leckie has had many short stories published, Ancillary Justice is her debut novel. To hear the plot of this well-written science fiction book you would think it would be confusing, but it’s not. Breg was once a colossal starship, controlling a myriad of functions and linked to thousands of soldiers, but is now simply a single entity in a frail human body bent on revenge. One interesting convention that the author uses is writing so that it is not obvious what the gender of the characters are.
Finally, a great book discussion book with a challenging dilemma is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. In this unique love story, two very different personalities learn to care deeply for each other. Will, who has always pushed the limits to the extreme, is now a quadriplegic who does not care to continue living. Louisa has always lived a predictable life close to home when she is hired as his caretaker for a six-month term. Each challenges the other to make the most of their lives, but what will this mean for their future?