Here at MEDIA CONNECT books are our jobs. That doesn’t mean, however, that we don’t enjoy reading in our downtime as well. In fact, outside of working hours, many of us are voracious readers, always on the hunt for the next great read.
In that spirit, here are some of our favorites from the past year:
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. Beautifully written, a John Green spiderweb centering around- what else? The process of growing up. First love. Loss of a mother. Grief. Topics that can be easily overwrought. However, Nelson’s writing carries her all the way through, tackling LGBT material in a delicate way. Didn’t necessarily have to love all the characters to appreciate the prose, and that’s the kind of story I always have to heed praise to. One of those books that I read on the train, in bed, on the couch, and felt like it was the end of something when I finished. I’ll be attached to it for years to come and that is the best reception a book can give you.
–Lindsey Hall, Associate Publicist
While it’s hard to pick just one book that touched your heart in the last year, if I think of a book that made me think, that made me see the world a little differently after I put it down, and that made me take a deeper look at myself, that book is Looking For Alaska by John Green. I find myself investing in each character he writes about, which makes his work wonderful to dive into. I loved how the main character, Pudge, was obsessed with famous last words. I loved that Alaska had her own world and pulled not only Pudge, but the readers into it as well. It’s a great story about growing up, about the “great perhaps,” and has universal themes that extend beyond the average young adult story. Also, being born in the nineties, I always appreciate good labyrinth symbolism. Aside from the plot, John Green’s writing is brave and honest, which are two of the best qualities I think a writer can have. I’d recommend it to anyone.
–Anna Patrick, Digital Publicist and Social Media Strategist