My name is Mary Cox, and I have lived in Evanston for almost 8 years. I am a personal trainer and most of my hobbies involve moving my body in some way. I love to play tennis, hike, and embrace all that summer has to offer here with my children and husband. When I do relax, it is with a book where I can truly escape and unwind.
1) The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2013)
Amazing character development with a unique story. At the end, I felt like I had been a part of the story.
2) The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (2012)
Such a quick and fun read that gave me insight into how one’s identity changes after a cancer diagnosis. The story was sensitive and honest. Nothing like a teenage love story.
3) Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (2013)
I love historical fiction novels because they allow me to learn through a story. This book takes place in England during the first and second World Wars. It is unique, educational and beautifully written.
4) Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple (2012)
A funny and quirky read about a mother in Seattle. The book is a satire on motherhood in this day and age and what it might take to defy it.
5) And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (2013)
Just like The Kite Runner, this book is eloquent in portraying life in Afghanistan. He follows three lives over the course of 40-50 years and how they intersect. I loved learning about the customs and hardships of living there.