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This month’s title is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.
Official Synopsis from Goodreads: The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it — from garden seeds to Scripture — is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.
I read The Poisonwood Bible back when it was first published and really loved it! It was one of the first books I read that had chapters told from different points of view. This has turned into one of my favorite formats, as it really helps the reader identify and learn from all of the different characters. But for my first link for this month’s selection, lets stay in Africa with a missionary theme, and pick up:
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
This is a beautiful, haunting book. This also talks about missionaries, and colonialism, and it was gorgeously written. A true classic that I remember discussing with my brother, which brings me to my next selection:
Drood by Dan Simmons
I haven’t read this book yet, but my brother talked about it quite a bit when he was reading it. It has to do with Charles Dickens and the writing of his last, unfinished novel. It sounds quite fascinating, but it might be too much in the vein of “horror” for me to enjoy it. I haven’t decided yet if I really want to read this one, but I do love Charles Dickens, which is where we’re headed next! Which title of his shall I choose?
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
This is one of my favorite Dickens, and it has one of my favorite scenes in it: the scene where Pip is declaring his love for Estella. “You have been in every line I have ever read.” Ahhh – I love it! And speaking of love stories, we now head to:
Possession by A.S. Byatt
This is one of those novels that was so popular, and the buildup for this was so intense, that when I read it, I didn’t love it as much as everyone else did. I also had seen the movie prior to reading the book, and I remember enjoying the movie more. But, this is one of those books that I would like to read again and give another chance, as the love story was good, and involved letters, and I do usually love a love story that involves writing and letters. Another love story involving letters that I’ve read is:
Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks
I usually don’t read romance novels, but this one I did read, and I remember liking it a bit. Also, the movie was absolutely gorgeous! This book takes place on the coast of North Carolina, and another book that is set on the East Coast is:
Body Surfing by Anita Shreve
This one is set on the coast of New Hampshire, and I don’t remember too much about the book besides the coastal setting. I do love Anita Shreve’s books, and I remember liking this one, but unfortunately I just can’t really remember much about it!
So there is this month’s Six Degrees! We travelled from Africa, to England, and then to the East Coast. Where will next month take us?
Have you read any of these books? Do you ever struggle to remember books that you read?