Mukesh has lost his beloved wife Naina, who was an avid reader. While not a reader himself, Mukesh decides to read the book Naina was reading before she died to feel more connected to her. The Time-Traveler’s Wife brings him great comfort. When he returns the book to the local library on Harrow Road in Wembley, London, he decides he’ll read some more and asks Aleisha for assistance. While she works in a library, Aleisha has little knowledge of books. When the seventeen-year-old finds a handwritten reading list hidden in one of the books, she offers them as suggestions to Mukesh. She decides to read the books herself: To Kill a Mockingbird, Rebecca, The Kite Runner, Life of Pi, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, Beloved and A Suitable Boy. While reading and enjoying each book, the two form an unlikely friendship. Mukesh starts to slowly emerge from his dark days of mourning. Aleisha and her older brother struggle to help their troubled mother as reading provides Aleisha with a welcome escape.
The Reading List starts slow and then grabs your heart. Author Sara Nisha Adams has created two very likeable characters who are dealing with extraordinary pain and you so want them to be happy. The intertwining of the plots of the wonderful books on the list provides a nice touch, especially if you are familiar with them.
Many thanks to William Morrow and Custom House / HarperCollins for the opportunity to read Adams’ impressive debut novel as part of the Book Club Girls Early Reads program.
Book lovers, this one’s for you.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: August 3, 2021.
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