One of my great loves in life is laying by the pool in the summer with a good book. Over the summer holidays I always make sure I have my Kindle stocked up with lots of books or I have a few paperbacks lined up ready to go. I say summer but regardless of the season, I feel lost when I don’t have a book to read so I almost always have one on my bedside table. While I love the delicious smell of a paperback and turning the actual pages of a book, having a Kindle does make reading a little easier, especially when outdoors or when snuggling up with your buba 🙂 And I have also found that most eBooks are a lot cheaper than paperbacks and so quick and easy to purchase. This summer I read loads of really great books so if you are longing for a book to get lost in, I’ve got you covered (you can also read my last bookshelf post here).
Three Wishes – Liane Moriarty
If you’ve read a few of Liane Moriarty’s books then you’ll know her books are funny, engaging and feature utterly relatable characters that she really brings to life. I love how each chapter is written from a different character’s perspective and you get a different view point of events leading up to a certain point. Three Wishes is Liane Moriarty’s first book and the story of three triplets, Cat, Gemma and Lyn. It follows the sisters through a mayhem-filled thirty-third year which brings drama, hilarity, sibling rivalry and secrets. It’s funny and charming and keeps you guessing until the very end. This is one of her more light-hearted, feel good books and I thoroughly enjoyed it – a perfect summer read!
The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
Based on a true story, this historical fiction is written by first-time author, Heather Morris and it captivated me from the very first page. Based on interviews conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov, this is a beautifully written and illuminating novel of courage in the midst of true atrocity. During his two and half year imprisonment, Lale witnessed horrific atrocities and barbarism as well as incredible acts of bravery and compassion. He tattoos the arm of the woman he falls in love with and vows to survive the horrow that lays ahead of them. As the tattoist, he is in a more privileged position than most and technically falls under the political arm of the SS – a position which comes with its own moral ambiguities. The lines between fact and memory are blurred so if you are looking for a historically accurate non-fiction, then this won’t appeal. But this vivid and harrowing re-creation of Lale’s experiences tattooing the arms of thousands of prisoners, which became such a powerful symbol of the Holocaust, this book is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.
A Spark of Light – Jodi Picoult
If you’ve read a few of my Bookshelf posts then you’ll know I love Jodi Picoult. Her books approach complicated, relevant issues that inspire debate while revealing all the shades of grey of a polarizing issue . She is fearless when it comes to her writing and she is one author that everyone should be reading. A Spark of Light tells the story of The Center, the only women’s health clinic in the state of Mississippi where it’s possible to obtain legal abortions (this is fact is true), in the throws of a hostage crisis and at the mercy of disturbed gunman. Picoult unravels this story in reverse, through the events of the day which ultimately brought each of these individuals to the same place. Because you already know what happens at the very beginning of this book, you are forced to focus on the emotion, complexity and politics of this incredibly controversial topic. The central issue of the book is abortion with Picoult’s characters standing on both sides of the fence but she also touches on father-daughter relationships, racism and gun control. This is an incredibly thought provoking book that sat with me for a long time and one of her best.
The Girl You Left Behind – Jojo Moyes
Another one of my favourite authors and another beautifully poignant novel. I love how Jojo Moyes can make you get lost in a book and feel like you know each of the characters personally. This beautifully written and incredibly moving love story is completely engrossing and one that I found hard to put down. The book opens in 1916 in a small town in France, under German occupation in World War 1. In order to keep her family safe while her husband fights at the front, Sophie Lefevre serves dinner to the German officers that descend on her hotel each night. When the Kommandant becomes captivated by a portrait of Sophie, created by her husband, a range of heartbreaking and complicated events unfold. Left on a cliffhanger, Moyes then drops you back 90 years later in London in 2006 where Sophie’s painting, The Girl You Left Behind, now hangs in Liv Halston’s bedroom. A treasured gift from her late husband, the now-valuable painting and its dark history fall at the centre of a incredibly complicated courtroom battle. This story not only delves into the complexities of art stolen during wartime but the power of cruel and ignorant rumours and asks the question, is it still betrayal if done for the right reasons?
Have you read any of these on my list? What’s your latest read? Leave me a comment below with your recommendations!