Editor Melissa takes you for a browse through her bookshelf and picks out three of the best she’s just read.

“Committed” by Elizabeth Gilbert

I dare say there is not a memoir I could love as much as “Eat, Pray, Love” but Elizabeth Gilbert has given matching her international best-seller a red-hot go with her new book about love and marriage.

To cut a long story short, Elizabeth and her long-distance Brazilian lover Felipe are forced to marry to appease the U.S government who unexpectedly detain him at an American border. So, despite swearing she would never say “I do” again due to a messy divorce, she is forced to consider the idea and does so in the intellectual, witty manner we have all come to love.

In “Committed” Gilbert debunks myths, unthreads fears and celebrates love all the while giving it a very honest, realistic interpretation. I loved this book, but if you didn’t like “Eat, Pray, Love” then you won’t like this because it’s written in much the same manner. To those of you who that applies, I feel sorry for you!

”The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown

Following on from the success of “The Da Vinci Code” Dan Brown has released the book which took him five years to write – and you can see why! Never before have I read a book with so much fact, history and information woven into the plot.

The story follows symbologist Robert Langdon as he tries to save his friend (and the United States) from a mad man. As in usual Dan Brown style the action is fast, furious and at times extremely convoluted but, hey, that’s why we love the guy, right?

I’d try to give you more of an idea of the plot but I’m still trying to digest it myself. Suffice to say it’s set in Washington D.C. and delves into the history of science, religion, Masonic traditions and the idea of man versus God. Sound interesting? You bet! If you can get past the sometimes lecturous tone it’s a gripping novel with that edge-of-your-seat action that has made Dan Brown so famous. I read it in about a day which is pretty quick for me. So grab this one for a long haul flight!

“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

Amidst the turbulence of the Civil Rights movement, three Mississippi women quietly start their own revolution with a book, some toilets and a chocolate pie.

That short, vague phrase sums up this book and gives us a glimmer of the sweet, personal nature of what is one of the best books I have ever read.

If you have ever connected to characters in a novel before then just wait until you read “The Help”! You will love the three main women who tell the story – two black maids, Minny and Aibileen, and the privileged white girl Skeeter – like they are your own family.

“The Help” is not just about race, it’s about how women, whether mothers or daughters, the help or the boss, relate to each other. It’s about the dramas of domestic life, pride, competition, fear and loss. It’s a book for all ages that every one should read! You’ll love it, I promise.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Can you suggest something for us to read?

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