“YOU CAN NEVER GET A CUP OF TEA BIG ENOUGH OR A BOOK LONG ENOUGH TO SUIT ME” – C.S. LEWIS
Introducing the AOTR Book Club! Rather than publishing my top 10 books twice a year, I’ve decided to take on the challenge and review 4 books every month. I’ll give each book a short summary (without spoilers), my personal star rating, and will finish each post with a list of the books I plan to review the following month. I hope you can read along with me!
BEFORE I FALL
Before I Fall is about mean girl, Samantha Kingston, and her life in high school with her popular best friends. When Samantha dies in a car crash following a classmate’s party, she awakens in the morning of the same day. Sam finds herself asking whether she’s been given a second chance to fix the mistakes she has made and through repeating this same day for the next 7 days, Sam learns a lot about herself and the people she cared little for before. This book is heartbreaking, cruel, frustrating, unfair, and yet it’s also sad, hopeful, honest and authentic. A great YA novel that has recently been made into a film.
THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE: A WAR STORY
A different sort of Holocaust story, set at Warsaw Zoo in the years (1935-1945) surrounding World War II in the life of Polish Zookeepers, Jan and Antonina Zabinski. Naturalist Diane Ackerman recounts their lives during the war and how they selflessly saved thousands of lives by hosting ‘guests’ in their villa and the zoo, managing forged documents, feeding and sheltering those who needed it and giving them the opportunity to escape. It blows my mind and warms my heart the number of people that hero’s like the Zabinski’s saved during this horrific war and Ackerman has done an incredible job by incorporating Antoniana’s diary entries, newspaper articles, interviews, historical data and quotes from numerous books. Looking forward to seeing the movie later this year!
IT ENDS WITH US
Colleen Hoover delivers a story that is not only fascinating but will indeed tug at your heartstrings. Fans will not be disappointed in the effort and heart that she has placed in this novel and the incredibly powerful message that is very subtly woven in from the start. For me, it was one of the most powerful, raw, honest, inspiring, and profoundly beautiful stories I’ve ever read. It wasn’t anything like what I expected, but it delivered so much more than I ever could have hoped for. As always, I can’t wait for her next novel – whatever that may be!
NEVER NEVER PART I, II & III
Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
I enjoyed this book because it wasn’t your typical love story. It’s fast paced, thrilling, romantic and keeps you guessing the whole way through. The book is split into 3 parts over 3 small books – which is why I am reviewing them together. I’d definitely recommend getting them all together so you don’t have to wait to continue the story. The Never Never series follows Charlie and Silas (Colleen wrote the Silas’ POV, Tarryn wrote Charlie’s) who wake up one morning without remembering anything or anyone. The people around them know who they are, they have lives, they have family and friends but they don’t remember anyone nor do they remember each other or that they’re supposed to be in love. Whilst trying to figure out what has happened to them they start to uncover more than they expected. A great little series for Hoover and Fisher fans!
I’ll be reviewing:
- What I was doing while you were Breeding – Kristin Newman
- We are all Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
- Two by Two – Nicholas Sparks
- The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
If you happen to have read or are planning to read one or more of these, please link me if you’ve reviewed them, and I will share your link in my post next month!
As always, would love recommendations!