In honor of the almost-too-anticipated return of Game of Thrones tonight, my book recommendations this week will be for one of my favorite fictional families from the world of Westeros.
Cersei should read one of my recent favorites, Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, a story of motherhood and dreams and burning it all to the ground. If Cersei lived in Cleveland in the 90s, she would be one of those intense mothers of Shaker Heights. Read my review of the book here.
Cersei would also appreciate Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a tale of prophecies and royalty and murder (and she knows a thing or two about those).
Her brother Jamie, on the other hand (sorry), could use something encouraging. He should try the memoir from Christopher Reeve, who played literal Superman and later suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed. In Still Me, Reeve explains how he found new meaning in his life after he lost the abilities that gave him his livelihood and, in some ways, sense of self-worth.
For something a little lighter, Jamie would probably also enjoy some good old-fashioned King Arthur. He should try The Once and Future King.
Another actor’s memoir would be a good choice for fan-favorite Tyrion Lannister, who should check out Carrie Fisher’s incredible Wishful Drinking.
He should also find time for a quick read, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s suspenseful, satirical My Sister, the Serial Killer, a story of another sibling who feels like the only sane one in a family of social climbers and murderers. Read my review of the book here.
Patriarch Tywin probably already has several copies of The Prince and The Art of War on his shelf, so let’s move on to something he might not have read. Alongside lessons from Machievelli and Sun Tsu should be the teachings of another master: Tim Gunn. With Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making it Work, Tywin could become even more fearesome and stylish than he already is.
Joffrey doesn’t need books. He needs therapy. A lot of therapy. He gets just one recommendation:
Myrcella, though, should have all the books her little heart desires. She should start with The Princess Bride and then work her way through every YA fantasy romance she can get her hands on. I’d suggest Laini Taylor’s exquisite Strange the Dreamer, which has a sand-swept setting and gorgous romance she’d love.
Finally, sweet little Tommen could use some books to open up his world. He should read The Princess Bride along with his sister, then move on to everything from Tolkien to Cornelia Funke to J.K. Rowling. In particular, I’d point him towards The Heroes of Olympus series, which puts lots of different sorts of teens in the position of hero and has a few great examples of loving, independent boys.
I’ll be back with another set of Game of Thrones recommendations next week!