Hi there! I am totally back from my vacation, where I read a lot! I didn’t actually read often during the school year, but I did my best to read more the past few months. When I am on holiday, I can’t stop reading 😃. We just sit there with our family, all next to each other, with a book. One hour, or a whole day, next to the swimming pool or in the shadow. Here’s what I read (it’s a lot for one month) in those sunny moments 😃.
I started August with a long book, Paula, written by Isabel Allende. At first not much happened, but that is quite the writing style of this Chilanian writer. She writes about her daughter, Paula, who is in a coma. They don’t know when or if she’s going to awake. To stay busy, Allende writes to her daughter. She tells her memories from her childhood and from Paula’s, she tells her what is happening while she’s asleep… The whole book long, you’re feeling hopeful that she will awake, just like Paula’s mother. Sometimes people didn’t believe in her getting alive again, and then I kept believing but also started doubting . It is a long book, but a real pageturner. The book has no chapters because it is one long letter to Paula, which makes that I always wanted to keep on reading. Isabel Allende is an amazing writer, and a courageous person!
Verloren brood (can be translated literally as lost bread, or french toast) by Nele Reymen is a book of 2015. Reymen is a Belgian writer, who writes about a boy who lives between North, East and West, a sort of futuristic world. His father is an alcoholic and his mother is gone, so he swarves from one place to another; one girl to another. These are described in this book. I thought the book was a bit bizarre at first, but I kind of liked the way it evoluated.
The finding of Martha Lost (Caroline Wallace) is a book that takes place in the train station of Liverpool. Martha was found in the station when she was 3 months old, and Mother adopted her. Or so she is told. When Mother dies, she starts to search for her real mum. Mother made this journey difficult, because she made Martha believe that she couldn’t leave the station or it would collapse. The reader goes on a searching journey together with Martha, only 16 years old, hoping and thinking about who could be her mum.
Next on, I read a book by Renate Dorrestein, Het duister dat ons scheidt, which has not yet been translated to English. You could translate the title as The darkness that separates us. Six years-old Loes lives in a small village together with her mum and the Luco’s, two men who everyone identifies as renters of their rooms in the house of Loes’ mum. But everything changes from the day Loes’ mum goes to jail because of murder. The book has three parts, one when she is six years old, the second takes place when her mother is in jail and the last part is about Loes growing up into an adult when her mother is back home. A story of mysteries, the need to know the truth. With those three different parts, it’s nice to read the childish thoughts from Loes at first, to when she becomes older and has a boyfriend.
The fifth book I read is Saving Grace by Jane Green. A bestselling book that looked like a nice book to relax with. The book is about Grace, the wife of a bestseller author, Ted Chapman. Everyone knows Grace as a stylish and happy woman, always organizing things perfectly. One day, Beth applies to work for them, to help Ted with his work, pay the bills, the householding… But Grace has a past, that is still very traumatic for her. Afraid to become like her mother, the book tells about Grace as a happy, afraid and tired woman. This in combination with the character of Ted and the mysterious Beth, makes this a very good book. I’m excited to read more of her books!
Lastly, I read the book you have probably all heard from this year, Me before you from Jojo Moyes. I read a lot of reviews from this book, it still is in the top ten bestsellers of 2016, and that’s why I wanted to read it too. The book is about a girl Lou, who becomes the personal assistent of quadriplegic Will. Their relationship is very awkward in the beginning, Will hates Louisa. After a couple of months, they get to know more about each other, about the boyfriend of Lou and the feelings of Will about him being a quadriplegic. A very moving story, written in an emotional way. After you, the sequel of this book, is already waiting for me! 🙂
So, that’s it for this month. Have you read any of these books? And what did you think of them?
Lots of Love,