My new Kindle has definitely awoken the book-lover inside of me. I loved reading when I was younger, but over the years I fell out of the habit of always having a book in rotation, unless I was on vacation. Blame it on the darn internet, always sucking me in and taking up all of my free time…
I’ve been wanting to read more lately, and a Kindle on my mom’s Amazon account (read: 20+ books that she bought for her own Kindle were already loaded for my reading pleasure!) has given me an awesome jump-start. On the plane to Chicago I started reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and I quickly got sucked in. I read during any spare moment I could find and I finished it within a week.
This book was beautifully written and incredibly moving. I didn’t even read the description before I dove in, so I really didn’t know much about the story or what to expect ahead of time, and I think I enjoyed it more as a result (so I won’t give too much away!). Essentially, the setting is Mississippi in the early 60s, a time of turmoil and racial tension as the Civil Rights movement is gaining momentum. The book follows the lives of Aibileen and Minny, two black maids keeping the homes and raising the children of their white employers, as well as Skeeter, a well-off white woman who has just returned home after graduating from college. The three women have more in common than it may seem on the surface, and the story of what they accomplish with the help of one another had me anxiously awaiting each page (and in tears when no more pages remained).
If you haven’t yet read this book — you should! If you have — what did you think?