Welcome to the second episode of The Five Things Book Club…
The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
We were having a rare lazy Sunday at home a few weeks back and I thought I would start a new book so grabbed this one from my new in pile. I was hooked from the first page and just had to find out what happened so I ended up finishing it the same day! Having been to Auschwitz during a city break to Krakow I could just picture it all happening as the story progressed and it’s truly heart-breaking to hear the devastating stories from this era. Despite the terrifying times, love blossomed between two courageous members of the camp. This is a beautifully written book by heather, based on the true story of Lale and Gita. However whilst the love story is the main focus of the book, it also goes into depths on the different aspects of the camp members relationships with guards and each other. A story that will stay with me forever and one that I will probably read again in time. There is one line that will forever stay with me: “Remember the small things and the big things will work themselves out”. One thing this book should teach everyone is to have some hope no matter what situation you find yourself in.
The One plus One – JOJO Moyes
I’ve had this book for two years without even realising it! I had downloaded it to my kindle app and completely forgot about it as I very rarely use it. Since being obsessed with her Me Before You story I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. The story is based around Jess, a single mum who is struggling to get through life, juggling 2 kids, 2 jobs and a dog. However when her path crosses with Ed who has his own life crisis going on her life takes an unexpected turn. These unlikely pair get stuck in a life changing journey together and their story was a fun ride to be apart of. As always Jojo knows how to pull on your heart strings.
A little life – Hanya Yanagihara
Despite being one of the longest books I have ever read it was one I just didn’t want to finish. It’s a story that goes into such detail I felt so attached to the characters. I can see why this is a million copy best seller! The story is based on four friends who met at college; JB an artist, Malcolm an architect, Willem an actor and Jude a lawyer. However Jude is the main focus of the story. “His mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome – but that will define his life forever.” I truly sad story of one mans fight for survival in his own mind and boy, but also a story that will show you how incredibly powerful some friendships can be.
Billy & Me – Giovanna Fletcher
This lovely story kept me busy on a 9 hour round trip to Devon for a family wedding! It’s a really easy, fun story that would be great for a beach holiday. It starts with a girl working in a small town who falls in love with a movie star. It follows them through their relationship and exploits all the negatives of having a famous boyfriend. The characters are so relatable which makes the story even better. I love following Giovanna on social media and now I love her books too! It was also the perfect story to read after A Little Life that is a bit dark in places.
The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena
I hate scary stories, scary films and scary books so this isn’t something I would normally pick up to read, however my mother in law had read it and said it was worth it! To my surprise I actually really enjoyed it and even more surprising not even scary (yes I am a big scardy pants). So a couple go next door for a dinner party and leave their daughter at home and regularly check on her during the night. However when they return for the night their baby daughter was missing… dun dun dun! However as the story unfolds nothing will prepare you for the truth around the kidnap. I wont say a word more as it will give the story away. But if this is your kind book, give this one a read!
Do you have any recently reads to recommend?
Thank you for reading,