The Tattooist Of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

For readers of Schindler's List, The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas comes a heart-breaking story of the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.

In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale - a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too.

So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the true love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.

I loved every page of this book. I laughed, I cried and even wanted to scream and shout at times. I could not put it down. I binged read this book in two days! It is so many things; a love story, a story about survival and I factual look into a much darker sadder time. I cannot recommend this book enough.

 

]If you have not read it please give it a go. If you have, what did you think?

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. 

Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

 

When old family friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town - and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at an unexpected and devastating cost.

I found this one a little slow. I heard such amazing reviews on this book and was so excited to read it. So maybe I built it up in my mind too much. But I was left disappointed. I mean, it wasn't the worst read but I keep wanting something more to happen, some more excitement and it just didn't.

Have you read this one, what did you think? Am I wrong?

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. 

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. 

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . 

The only way to survive is to open your heart.

Guys!!! This book is incredible! I cannot recommend it enough. I truly enjoyed this read. I could not put it down. I read it in the bath, I stayed up late and woke up early to read it, I laughed and cried. It was literally a roller-coaster experience.

 

I so enjoyed delving into the scared, unstable mind of this character and learning how she came to be this way. And peeling her layers back to reveal her core, the truth within her. It was such an interesting read. And the whole time I was guessing how and why she was like she was. Once I sort of figured it out, all I wanted was it to end in a certain way. I had anxiety the whole last few chapters because I would have been devastated of it ended any another way to the way I saw it ending. I won't ruin the ending, but wow, what a book. Do yourself a favor and go read this book.

*And Resse Witherspoon is producing a movie on the book, yay!

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