“ONE MUST ALWAYS BE CAREFUL OF BOOKS AND WHAT IS INSIDE THEM, FOR WORDS HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE US” CASSANDRA CLARE
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!
WILD: FROM LOST TO FOUND ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL
If you’re looking for an informative guide to the Pacific Crest Trail, this isn’t the book for you. Wild is a story (though a memoir, it reads like a novel) of loss, pain and courage. The way that Cheryl describes her turmoil, I felt like I was right there with her, heavy pack and all. There were a number of times where she would go into stories about her life before the trail, which I understand were relevant to why she decided to do the trek in the first place, but they dragged on at times. All in all though, this was a very well written memoir.
When it comes to Colleen Hoover, I try not to know too much about the story I’m about to read. I’ll generally have a quick look at the blurb and then dive right in not knowing much else – this is how I recommend you read this story. I love that from the start of page 1 you are literally thrown straight into the story and it’s hard to put down once you get going. This book will make you furious and then full of love. It will warm your heart and then rip it from your chest – in classic Colleen Hoover style. It’s laugh out loud funny and like all of Hoover’s books, tells a unique story that will have you hooked and wanting to finish it in one sitting.
If you’re after a beautiful, inspiring and motivating story, The Alchemist is the perfect book. It tells the story of a boy who is on an arduous journey to find treasure that he’s only ever dreamed of. This book gives hope to those who read it and certainly encourages readers to follow their dreams, but at the same time, not to expect it to come easily. The language is simple and because the story is short, there isn’t a lot of character development, but this doesn’t take away from the key message the story is conveying. If you’re ever feeling lost or unmotivated, this is the book to help get you back on the right path to living the life of your dreams.
FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER
On a recent trip to Laos I picked up a copy of this memoir having spent time in the Tuel Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeng Ek, the most infamous of the killing fields. To say that the experience was horrifying and heart breaking is an understatement. What shocks me most, even to this day, is that this all happened not that long ago. Loung Ung lived through his horrific genocide and tells her story through the eyes of a child. Reading from this perspective makes the whole ordeal all the more heart-wrenching but in the same way, easier to understand; particularly for those who know very little about what went on. First They Killed My Father is a book you’ll find very hard to put down and will stay with you long after you’ve read the final page.
I’ll be reviewing:
- Girls on Fire: Robin Wasserman
- Everything Everything: Nicola Yoon
- Twisted Tales – As Old as Time: Liz Braswell
- I am the Messenger: Markus Zusak
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!