Before I get into my review of The Reading List, I want to say that two things have been a great help to me over the past couple of years in helping relieve anxiety, feel in control and, generally, make life more enjoyable.
Those two things are books and lists.
When I started a reading goal of completing a book a week a year and half ago, I never could have imagined the community I’d find. Discussing what I’m reading and want to read brings so much commonality among people you don’t know. There’s endless things to discuss about a story – and you can have that discussion with anyone.
Likewise, a couple years ago, I found a passion in making lists. This simple task can simplify anything. During what’s been a stressful time for all, I’ve found lists keep me going, helping me manage daily tasks, plan for the next thing, and dream about big things in the future.
Why I Loved The Reading List
Knowing this, you better believe I loved a book about both reading and lists. The Reading List is a heartwarming book uses a book list to connect a community and help characters in their individual lives through the lessons found in the list’s stories.
The main characters, a young Aleisha and older Mukesh, meet in the library where Aleisha works. When Mukesh, a widower who’s new to reading, wants a book recommendation, Aleisha uses a book lists she’s found. They both read simultaneously and connect their own lives to these classic stories.
I loved these characters and so many more. Their individual lives pulled me in, but so did the list, almost a character it its own right.
Anyone who loves books and lists will love this sweet story. This one truly pulls at your heart strings and makes you hopeful that people can find a little good in the world.
Get more book recommendations for the end of summer. Hope you’re having a great August!