AOTR BOOK CLUB: NOVEMBER

“BOOKS ARE THE PLANE, THE TRAIN, AND THE ROAD. THEY ARE THE DESTINATION AND THE JOURNEY. THEY ARE HOME.”

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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 Boy at the Top of the Mountain
John Boyne
*****

The author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas returns with another novel set during World War II. The story revolves around an orphan boy Pierrot who must leave his home in Paris and travel to Germany to live with his Aunt Beatrix; a servant in a house at the top of a mountain. John Boyne is a magnificent author and tells this story of corruption and the horrors of war in such a compelling and disturbing way. It will stay with you in a similar way The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas does – though they are two completely different stories. 

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Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen
***.5

This story is both incredibly sad yet uplifting. All throughout, this is well written, engaging and the characters are quite easy to relate to in some respect. It evoked a lot of different emotions – happy, angry, sad – especially the end! Though the story is based around a travelling circus, it focuses more on the characters involved – both animal and human. I have watched the film as well, and can say I definitely enjoyed the book more but when isn’t that the case? 

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And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini
****

Khaled Hossini never fails to deliver a beautifully crafted and well written story. And the Mountains Echoed begins in Afghanistan with the siblings Abdullah and Pari. At the age of three, Pari is sold to a young woman in Kabul who cannot have children of her own and the loss remains with Abdullah for his entire life. Pari only being 3 years old at the time forgets that she ever had a brother. The story is both tragic and beautiful. It definitely reminds us what a privilege it is to have strong bonds and relationships with loved ones.

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Haruki Murakami
***.5

A motivational memoir about about running and writing. Two things I absolutely love! It’s not a ‘How to Run a Marathon’ or ‘How to write a successful Novel’ but it definitely puts you in a certain head-space and has the ability to change the way you approach your health and creativity. Being a marathon runner, I loved reading about the different locations and races he competed in and found that I could relate to a lot of what he had written. That doesn’t mean that if you’re not a marathon runner, you won’t enjoy this book.  It is written in such a way that most readers will enjoy and hopefully take something from.

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NEXT MONTH:

I’ll be reviewing:

  • I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes
  • Looking for Alaska – John Green
  • We Were Liars – Emily Jenkins
  • Before I Go To Sleep – S.J. Watson

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!
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