#BookishBloggersUnite is a weekly hashtag that a group of bookish friends participate in to talk about books. Posts will go up on Friday (or whichever time works best for your time zone!) and there will be a different host each week.
This week’s category is Books for Seniors and Katy @thebookishcronk thought it would be good to talk about the book (or books!) by female authors (following the theme of US Womens' history month) that we’d give to students graduating high school.
I look forward to seeing what book/s for seniors you would recommend. If you want to participate, link your post here.
Books for Seniors
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
I listened to the audio of this which I thoroughly recommend as it is also narrated by Cheryl Strayed. This book may sound like your typical self-help book but it is not. Cheryl Strayed was anonymous as Dear Sugar and received many emails. She answers with stories from her life, which has been TOUGH, compassion and gives you no out. She is understanding but doesn't let you wallow. While you may not experience everything the author has gone through or what the people writing into Dear Sugar has gone through, it is still a lovely read to understand our human behaviour that little bit more and to be a little bit more compassionate to one another.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Just in case a senior exists out there that hasn't heard of this book or read it yet. Angie Thomas' debut novel about a girl who witnesses her best friend get shot by policeman for no particular reason and has to find her voice to speak up is such an important book in today's society. I was crying angry tears reading this and was so proud of Starr's courage and compassion to her friends and family. Her family are an amazing support base for her and that is also an important message to share, not being afraid to lean on your family and friends when you need support, they love you and are happy to help. Those who don't, aren't worth keeping.
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
This was the first book announced for Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf bookclub and it was fantastic. Gloria Steinem has lived such an interesting and wonderful life, doing some amazing things. She recounts her travels, what she learns and how she pays the information she learns on her travels forward into her work on communities, in forums and campaigning. I got this from the library and it is one I would like to eventually own and take my time rereading, highlighting passages and just being in awe of this amazing woman and that she has done and all that she has inspired.