Reading is a good mental fitness workout. You don’t only get to discover new worlds when you read; you also meet different kinds of people. Almost all novels also help you learn something new. For the military community, reading can be a form of relaxation and therapy. As such, it is important to choose the right books. While YA or young adult novels are intended for the teen generation, these stories are actually for all ages. The stories are light and the endings are almost always happy. Just what our military brothers and sisters need. So if you’re planning to pick up a good book, here are three military-themed novels that you might like.
1. Something Like Normal
Author: Trish Doller
This is the story of Travis, who returns home from the Marines as he is on leave. However, things do not turn out as expected because Travis has a difficult time creating a connection between his former self and his new self. He also has to deal with the people around him, because they do not seem to understand that he is no longer the Travis they knew. To add to his dilemma, he learns a painful truth about his family. Something Like Normal features a story that anyone can relate to – military and non-military alike.
2. The Impossible Knife of Memory
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
This is a story that deals with PTSD. It is narrated by a funny and suffering but strong girl named Hayley, whose father has PTSD after his stint in Iraq. You’ll see the young girl learn, grow, and survive through her struggles. You’ll find a new hero in Hayley, who can really be anybody, young or old, trying her best to find peace and happiness in a world she does not understand.
3. The Things a Brother Knows
Author: Dana Reinhardt
After three years in the Marines, Boaz goes home. But to Levi, his younger brother, it feels like Boaz has taken off into another world because he’s rarely “there”. His mind is always far away that it can become quite a challenge connecting with him. Levi makes it his mission to find out where his brother has gone to and he vows to do all that he can to finally “bring him home”. It’s a beautiful story of brothers trying to rebuild relationships and reconnecting their lives.