On my recent trip to Broome I read four books – bliss! Growing up in a house without a TV, reading was my first great love. I read everything from the Anne of Green Gables series, Little House on the Prairie, What Katie Did, Anne Frank’s Diary (and years later visited her stone at the Jewish Holocaust Remembrance wall in Frankfurt with over 12,000 names of Frankfurt born Jews who died in the Holocaust – what an overwhelming and emotional moment) and was always at the school and local library finding new books (and yes, I wore glasses and had braces – what can I say, I was a total bookworm!).
I’m really grateful for a childhood full of wonderful memories reading stories and hope to pass my love of reading onto my girls.
Liane Moriarty’s books are the perfect way to ease into holiday reading. She has such a great writing style, I find her characters really interesting and a little bit crazy – just the way I like them! Three Wishes is about gorgeous triplets Lyn, Cat and Gemma Kettle and follows all their crazy antics throughout their 33rd year, and life as a trio. A really enjoyable read. Highly recommend!
This book is written from the point of view five year old Jack whose whole world is just one room, four walls where he and his mother are imprisoned. It’s a pretty intense subject matter, but so beautifully and innocently written and a story of incredible strength, love and determination – and the bond between mother and son. I’ve never read anything like this before and it had me thinking about it for days afterwards, especially the power of a Mother’s love.
What can I say, I love a good thriller! This one starts in a bookstore in the East Village when Jo becomes infatuated with a beautiful young woman called Guinevere Beck. He googles her, then stalks her Facebook and Twitter and sets up a ‘chance’ meeting at a bar where he slowly and deliberately begins to insert himself into her life, reinventing himself as her perfect man. Creepy and thrilling – you’ll rethink the way you use social media after reading this!
I was intrigued by this Pulitzer prize winning book, the story of a blind French girl and German boy whose paths collide during the devastation of World War 2. So beautifully written, with a ‘stunning sense of of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors’ (San Franciso Chronicle). It took me a few chapters to get into, but then I was hooked and woke up in the early hours so I could enjoy. Again I was left with the overwhelming sense of how people try to be good to each other.
What are your favourite reads at the moment?
What are your favourite childhood story books?1