Love, as they say, is a many splendored thing.
This month, 032 Book Club features books that celebrate love in all its various forms and facets. After all, there are many kinds of love stories out there.
Love is being true to yourself. For Stargirl Carraway, it means playing her ukulele at school, meditating in the desert, sending anonymous birthday gifts to strangers and playing with her pet rat. Not many people understand her and most think of her as weird. But things change when she falls in love with a boy in school, will Stargirl still remain true to who she is?
Love is a fun and sweet thing in this stellar debut from Sally Thorne. Lucy hates her co-worker Joshua. They play childish office politics. They keep tabs on each other’s HR complaints. They’re vying for the same killer promotion. But what if they end up falling for each other instead? This book plays around the classic love-hate relationship trope beautifully. It’s light and fluffy and is the perfect read for Valentine’s Day.
Love is passion for education for Malala Yousafzai, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2012, then 15-year old Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban for defending girls’ rights in her hometown. This memoir sheds light to things most of us take for granted: freedom of speech and right to education.
Recommended by Jake
Books about love tend to be about the love shared between people. In Oil and Marble however, the author takes a look at a different kind of love. This novel is about the lives of the master artists: Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti. The book vividly depicts the two famous artists’ love for their craft. The author transports readers back to Leonardo and Michelangelo’s world and makes them share the joys and pains these artists had to endure for their art. Love and passion for the arts may be the theme of the book however it is also through this that readers will realize that ultimately, true love is meant to be shared.
Love wins in this critically acclaimed novel from Benjamin Alire Saenz. Ari and Dante spend a summer discovering, well, the secrets of the universe— namely: growing up, being Mexican, falling in love and knowing yourself. This coming of age tale tells the story of two seemingly different boys. One of them may be in love with the other.
Love is finding purpose and passion in what you do. The Artisan Soul is all about celebrating creativity and turning lives into art. This one’s highly recommended for artists and creatives who want to have a new perspective on things, especially when life gets them down.