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3 weeks ago
Is there anything better than hearing that an author whose work you love loves yours in return?Before I take off to the Eastern States for book tour, I wanted to share with you all six books I’ve read recently that I haven’t mentioned here yet but that I absolutely LOVED! These are all solid 5 star reads from me.
A LIFETIME OF IMPOSSIBLE DAYS
It’s not often a book has captured my heart from the dedication, but this one did. I was hooked by the lyrical writing, the magic of the story and I fell completely in love with beautiful Willa, the character who we get to know as a child, in middle age and as an old lady. A unique and wonderfully told story that will simultaneously break your heart and lift your spirits. It’s a debut novel and WOW, what a talent this author is! I’m already waiting to see what she does next.
THINGS NOBODY KNOWS BUT ME
This memoir about growing up between Bosnia and Australia with a mentally ill mother will stay with me forever. One of the best, if not THE best memoir I’ve ever read. Amra’s writing is raw, confronting, powerful and deeply emotional.
THE THINGS WE CANNOT SAY
I found it impossible to put down this compelling dual timeline story set between present day Australia and war time Poland in the ‘40s. It was a very emotional, all-consuming read that I devoured and adored. Plus it gave me a big case of imposter syndrome because of just how good it was!
I bought this book without even reading the blurb because Wendy James is incapable of writing a book I don’t lap up. This is a twisty, page turner and Wendy is a master of building suspense and making you question what and who you believe for the entire book. It’s about an abducted school girl who escapes her captor, but was her abductor a loved female teacher at the local school? I stayed up late reading to find out! Incredibly addictive!
THE FLAT SHARE
This writer is right up there with Mhairi McFarlane for me as the best of the best of the chick-lit genre. I smiled my way through this gorgeous, funny, super clever and romantic story about two people who share the same bed in a London flat at different times of day to save money because one works night shift. It’s a light feel-good story but what I love about it is that it still manages to have real emotional depth too.
OUR SOULS AT NIGHT
By Kent Harouf
A simply told beautiful love story between an older couple that packs a big emotional punch. I picked up this book in a secondhand bookshop only because I was drawn to the premise in the blurb and I’m so glad I did. Loved every word. Cried at the end. Tragically the author died before the book was published.
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3 weeks ago
Honoured to be included in this line-up.
And if you haven't yet got a copy of Nicola Moriarty's THE EX -- you should do something about it now 🙂
Welcome to Better Reading Book Club! Tonight we’re talking all about top book club picks with special guests Nicola Moriarty and Jane Turner of Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookstore. Which books has your book club loved? ...