The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan. Loved Amy Tan after the first chapter. Gives endearing insight into the mother-daughter dynamic among Asian immigrants. Bottom line: all mothers and daughters have the same challenges.
While mourning the death of her father, Lois receives a book called "The Manual," a gift left by her father that is filled with advice for her, along with instructions to read a chapter on each future birthday.
"The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again" by J.R.R. Tolkien - The prequel to the epic fantasy saga The Lord of the Rings chronicles the adventures of the inhabitants of Middle-earth and of Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit who brought home to The Shire the One Ring of Power.