Hello and welcome to a new blog feature! If you watch my weekly vlogs you will already know I have become a little bit of a book worm. One of my New Years Resolutions was to read at least one book a month, and I have done wayyyy more than that ever since. Reading has got me hooked. And so I thought I would share with you what I have been reading each month, and if you could let me know any of your book recommendations that would be VERY much appreciated. As this is the first one I have done, I am going to include some favourites from the past few months.
This is definitely one of the best I have read this year. It follows two stories; one of a blind Parisian girl, and one of a young German boy. We follow their lives throughout WW2, giving a perspective of both sides of war from an incredibly relatable viewpoint. It perfectly demonstrates the ramifications of war in everyday life, and also how it effected individuals not only through the war years, but throughout the rest of their lives.
It's written wonderfully but also in a very readable way. It is easy to read, not full of overly flowery language and impenetrable paragraphs. I didn't find it a huge page turner, I would gladly put the book down after a few pages. But it sticks with you in the time your away from it!
I got through this one in just a couple of days! I couldn't put it down at all. It follows the story of Will, a man injured in a road accident, and Lou who comes into Will's life after loosing her job. I don't want to say too much more but if you're into a bit of a spoiler you can see the trailer to the film version here. It was a very easy read, the sort where you get through 100+ pages without even realising it! It hasn't particularly stuck with me in the way All The Light We Cannot See has, but it's a thoroughly enjoyable read.
I both very much enjoyed this and also felt disappointed by it. I enjoyed it because the plot was incredible; it follows two writers, Harry Quebert and his student and good friend Marcus Goldman. When the body of a young girl is dug up from Quebert's garden, Goldman is adamant Quebert would have had nothing to do with the girl's death. From there we follow the process of the investigation, through Goldman who is investigating the case himself, while writing a novel about his findings. The story takes many twists and turns, which is what I ended up disliking. It sort of bubbles away for a while, building suspense, and then takes so many turns in such a short space of time it becomes very rushed. I also struggled with getting to grips with some of the characters, you know when you can't get a picture in your head at all!
This one was a real heart warmer! The sort of book where not too much happens, but enough to make it seem real and emotional. Ove is an ageing man, and incredibly grumpy and all together fed up with people and the world in general. This is the focal point of the story, which revolves around the people Ove interacts with, the situations he finds himself in, and the relationships he develops. This would be the perfect holiday book, as it was wonderfully easy to read - you could put it down at any point, but also gladly continue reading for hours on end.