With your honeymoon on the horizon, the next step is to stock up on a few classics to while away the time, whether it be on a plane, train or reclining by a body of water! And what better way to purchase a favourite read than by supporting a charity and buying a pre-loved edition? World of Books offers just this, an opportunity to save money, help the environment, and make a difference simply by selecting a second-hand book from their website.
The books are sorted, graded on quality and then priced to suit, easily accessible and at bargain basement prices! This idea particularly appeals to me, as I read so many books that I then donate along my travels all over the world, it feels good to be able to officially be a part of the ongoing life-cycle of a classic novel.
I’ve found two of my favourites on World of Books at a steal, and I wanted to share a quick snapshot of them both. Perhaps you’re on the look-out for that perfect honeymoon read and need a couple of tips!
Yes, a well-known and loved classic. But Harper Lee’s novel of racial inequality and injustice has endured for a reason. It is renowned for its warmth and humour, despite dealing with the serious issues, and remains topical, relevant and of course, beautifully written. Published July 11, 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird was an immediate bestseller and won great critical acclaim, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. It remains a bestseller with more than 30 million copies in print
Harper Lee only gave the world the gift of this one novel, about which she famously stated “I have said what I wanted to say and I will not say it again.” It has stayed with me since I first read it as a teenager, and I still pull it out to read every year or so.
This wonderous and sweeping narrative is also the only work produced by its author, Arundhati Roy, her debut novel published in 1997. The book is a description of how the small things in life affect people’s behaviour and their lives, the repercussions of your choices. The story shifts in time and space, and covers countries and continents, with her ability to voice the thoughts and dreams of children one of the most effective I’ve encountered.
The God of Small Things is a fascinating read that transports you to India, with its heat, its people and its politics.