Have you ever read a book that reminded you of another book? I have recently read several books that remind me of novels from my past. In preparing for author Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s visit to our library, I read her book The Language of Flowers and found it to have similarities to another much-loved book I have read. The strong female lead character Victoria in Diffenbaugh’s book reminds me of Laura, the protagonist in one of my favorite books Lightning by Dean Koontz. Both novels explore how these young women deal with loss of family early in their lives; how they survive the foster system and then continue to overcome the challenges and struggles that their paths’ in life have set before them.
Another powerful female getting much attention is Katniss in the currently popular Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. This story also deals with loss and battling through life and reminds me yet again of another past favorite – one of Stephen King’s shorts, The Long Walk. Published originally under King’s pseudonym Richard Bachman in the collected work The Bachman Books. If you’re drawn into the dystopian setting of Hunger Games, King’s walking contest will keep you on your toes till the very end.