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Books I'm Bringing to the Beach: Cuba Edition

I'm planning on taking two trips this winter with the family. The first one will be Cuba in the upcoming month and the month after we we're thinking about going to Roatan (heard such great things about it from a friend).

Dang and I always travel very light (the few trips we took together we brought backpacks). We only bring a few items of clothing that we wash by hand every night but what always took most of the space in our backpacks were our winter clothes that we have to wear when we depart and return.

However, this time we're taking it easy and doing an all inclusive in Cuba. Proper rolley luggage only! It'll be our first trip with Quinn and I'm not really all that sure of what to bring but I'll be doing some research online plus asking my friends for their advice and I'll put up a blog post about it.

What I DO know is that I love laying in the sun and reading a great book and I've picked out three that I'm looking forward to reading.

The Color of our Sky by Amita Trasi
A friendship between two young girls in India. Mukta, a girl who was fated to become a temple prostitute who escapes to work in the home of an upper middle class family. Tara, the young daughter of the family, who teaches Mukta a world of luxuries she never imagined. 

When Mukta disappears one night and Tara's family relocates to Los Angeles, she never forgets her friend. Once she becomes an adult, she returns to India to try to find Mukta only to discover a world of human trafficking and long buried secrets in her own family. 

This is my first pick to read as I've always been drawn to books set in India. The story vaguely reminds me of a great one I read by Corban Addison called A Walk Across the Sun about two sister's whose village gets swept away by a typhoon and their struggle to survive all alone. 

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, leaving her under the care of her tortured and charismatic father. One day she meets Jacob, who looks at Turtle like she's the sunrise. Suddenly, her world becomes much more in focus and she takes charge of it and plans her escape.

I accidentally let my eyes linger a little too long over a review of this book 😔 I was looking for a more thorough synopsis and ended up finding a spoiler or two. Well... cover blown or not, I am definitely looking forward to reading this book for it's tale of courage and heartbreak.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
A memoir of Paul Kalanithi's life battling stage 4 metastatic lung cancer while finishing his residency as a neurosurgeon.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? 

Paul Kalanithi passed away from cancer before his memoir was published. We get to have a behind the scenes glimpse of the journey of a man suffering from a life ending disease while he simultaneously saves the life of others. 

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