Reading is a fantastic mental escape for me. I love curling up with a book for no other purpose than to mentally unplug from the day. As much as I love to be challenged and fully believe in the importance of continual learning, I will say that fiction books have played an equally important role in stretching me and teaching me something new about myself and/or the world around me. Such was the case with one of my favorite reads this year: "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.
This book was a fantastic journey back to a very controversial time period in our nation's history. There was such beautiful, raw character development in this book, it was hard not to get emotionally involved with the characters. I truly appreciate the witty, honest way the author tugged at your heart strings throughout this book. I experienced the whole gamut of emotions as I got a glimpse into the lives of these women, and I found myself laughing, crying, and shaking a fist in frustration — all in one chapter at times. I could go on and on about all the things I enjoyed about this book, but I think one of the things I liked best was the bravery and perseverance of the characters — even in adversity — and their willingness to do something hugely risky all for the sake of making a positive difference. They were willing to put it all on the line in the hopes that somehow, someway things would get better. I have such respect for people that are willing to be authentic and not "sugar-coat" things — even if it makes them vulnerable. I loved the authenticity of these characters and their unwavering commitment to take a stand for something they believed in. Fiction or not, I know I walked away with some very real life lessons!
This post is part of Think Kit 2011.