“YOU KNOW YOU’VE READ A GOOD BOOK WHEN YOU TURN THE LAST PAGE AND FEEL A LITTLE AS IF YOU HAVE LOST A FRIEND” – PAUL SWEENEY
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!
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
If you’re not into emotionally intense novels – this book isn’t for you. The Light Between Oceans is an incredibly moving novel that felt the entire way through like there was no chance for a happy ending.
Based in 1920’s Australia, this story is a heartbreaking exploration of right and wrong told beautifully through Stedman’s descriptive and encapsulating work. I found as I was reading that I would keep asking myself, “what would I do if it happened to me?”. Sure we’d all like to think we’d do the ‘right’ thing, but unless you’re in the situation would you?
If you have it in you after reading the book to watch the movie, it is definitely worth watching – just make sure you keep the tissues close by – there won’t be any dry eyes for this one!
Colleen Hoover is a genius. I have read all of her books, and I recommend them all to anyone who doesn’t mind an occasional love story with a twist every now and again.
There is a lot more to this story than what is written in the blurb, it’s not a cheesy, shallow or overdone love story; it is emotional, realistic and it’s impossible to put down!
I can’t say much about the plot without giving too much away – so just trust me that this one is worth the read.
THE KITE RUNNER
Yet another beautiful novel by Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner really puts into perspective how blessed most of us are to live in countries where we aren’t exposed to such brutality and terror. It’s not the kind of book you’ll want to read over and over again., but you will be glad you read it.
Without wanting to give too much away, the story is based around a Muslim boy in Afghanistan who struggles to find his place in the world following a series of heart wrenching and traumatic childhood events. As their home is slowly ravaged by war, him and his father flee Afghanistan to start a new life in the United States, but unable to bury his past, the Muslim boy, now a grown man, must return home to face his demons.
It is a story of a man’s journey to redemption and how the relationships in our lives shape us to be the people we become. It’s both a wonderful and moving novel that will leave a mark on your heart after you turn the final page.
INTO THE WATER
I was a huge fan of “Girl on the Train” so I was both excited and anxious to get my hands on “Into the Water”. What I can say with certainty is that “Girl on the Train” was no fluke. Paula Hawkins is an incredible author and she had a huge amount of pressure on her to produce a book that was going to live up to the expectations of her debut novel – and it did!
The book does start off slow as characters are introduced and the story builds, but it doesn’t take long to become totally immersed in this small town mystery. You think you know all the answers but in true Hawkins style, she throws a spanner in the works and it changes everything. I refuse to believe anyone who says they saw the final ending coming! A very well written mystery/thriller that I believe has the potential to be equally if not more successful than “Girl on the Train”.
I’ll be reviewing:
- 13 Reasons Why: Jay Asher
- Eat Pray Love: Elizabeth Gilbert
- Carve The Mark: Veronica Roth
- Luckiest Girl Alive: Jessica Knoll
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!