Curl up with a good book!
Calling all bookworms! Sunday, August 9 is National Book Lover’s Day! It’s a day to encourage the love of reading and calls for just one day, to put down your devices and pick up a book.
HI Now Host Kanoe Gibson is a self-declared bibliophile and shares her top three favorite summer reads.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
“I’m a little late to the party with this one, as it was released in 2018 and quickly became a New York Times bestseller. To this day, it is still in the top 10 on Amazon. The book is set in the late ’60s in the marshlands of North Carolina. Kya is a young girl known as the “Marsh Girl” and is often abandoned by her abusive father to survive on her own. Because she’s reclusive, no one really knows who she is. So when the local high school football star turns up dead, all eyes turn to her. It’s a beautiful story that is eloquently written about survival, grief, loss, hope, prejudice, and love. This one will give you
all the feels! It’s one of those books that grips your heart and stays with you for a long time.”
Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
“This one is a page turner. It’s set in both the 1950s and modern day and tells the life story of Hollywood starlet Evelyn Hugo, who was an icon in her day– think Marilyn Monroe. Because she’s lived a very reclusive life, no one every really got the “ins” on her very scandalous and glamorous life. In her dying days, Evelyn decides to give one interview to an unknown magazine reporter. Through the interview, you get to hear about her heartbreaking yet beautiful love stories that keep you captivated to the very end.
The best part– how her life actually intertwines with the reporter. A must read.”
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
“This is a young adult fiction– a first of this genre for me. It’s about 16-year-old Starr, an African American girl who lives in a poor black neighborhood but attends a mostly-white prep school in the suburbs. It’s so poignant for today, with the story almost running parallel to what’s going on in the world. It really opens your mind and heart to the racial injustices the black community faces
and immerses you into a world that we typically aren’t exposed to here in Hawaii. It’s a movie on Netflix… but the book is better.”
So find your favorite spot, grab a good book, and read the day away!
If you do post on social media, use #NationalBookLoversDay to spread the word!
Kanoe’s Bookstagram IG: @readerinparadise