Obviously, in the past year, I have been reading a lot, and though some of the books weren't my favs, I've read a couple that have stuck with me for some time afterwards.
The one that comes to mind the strongest is Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. It's the story of two friends growing up in the 70's and 80's, centered around their relationships with each other, parents and lovers. Not only do the time, fashion and music references hit home, like slouch boots and big hair, but the theme of friendship and motherhood is so strong that you can't read this book without a box of tissues nearby.
While one of the characters reminds me so much of myself, it opens up my eyes to my own strengths and weaknesses. It's one of those books that begs for discussion and as a few neighborhood women were reading it at the same time, we got together for an evening to discuss it over wine and food, and of course, friends. We're waiting to hear of a movie to come out from the book and had fun trying to cast the characters.
Presently, I'm reading the seventh installment of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, An Echo in the Bone, and I am completely in love with Jaime and Claire all over again. They never stop and though they must be in their late 50's (?) by now, their romance and relationship is still flourishing and passionate while at the same time, so mature and emotional intimate. One night as Jaime has trouble falling asleep because Claire is taking care of a woman giving birth, he muses that whenever he can't sleep he turns to Claire, whether to talk, make love or just watch her sleep - ahhhhh.
I just found a great blog, The Lit Connection, where she writes a lot about Outlander, including how her boyfriend has accepted it as part of her life. I understand, as my husband knows when I read Diana Gabaldon, I begin to speak with a Scottish accent and talk about Jaime and Claire as if they're my friends. I know, weird, nerdy all of that, but there is something to be said when a book affects you that much. Isn't that what we read for?