The Big Deal Bestseller list includes a mix of classics, childhood favorites, mystery, religion, and romance.
One book in particular that I was excited to see on the list is Jim Stovall’s The Ultimate Gift and its sequel, The Ultimate Life. They are quick, yet profound reads. A wealthy tycoon leaves his grandson a series of tasks to perform that represent 12 gifts. The gifts include important life’s treasures such as family, work, money, love, and more. It is amazing to see the profound impact that each gift has on the grandson and his personality. A heartwarming tale fit for all ages. The Ultimate Gift was made into a movie starring well known actor James Garner.
Another is Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia. Jess and Leslie escape to the fairy tale land of Terabithia where they reign as king and queen. The only way to Terabithia is by swinging across the river. It provides solace from bullying and ridicule at school. Then tragedy strikes, and the two dear friends are torn apart forever. This was one of my favorite books from middle school.
Then you’ll find some old familiar classics Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, and William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. You either love or hate Faulkner. In addition to the classics, there are some interesting modern counterparts: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Wuthering Heights, the Wild and Wanton Edition. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is on top of the bestseller list, but that is fitting considering the popularity of vampires and zombies lately.
Bestselling author Karen Kingsbury has several books on the list. Her book, Unlocked, is about a boy with autism and his reconnection with his long lost special childhood friend. My favorite aspect of this book is that it provides some of the dialogue from the autistic boy’s point of view. A diverse perspective.
Take this opportunity to get to know lesser known authors. I’ve found a lot of good Kindle books through the free and reduced price collections. And, of course, great beach and poolside reading!