As I was packing for my upcoming trip I was gripped with a sense of utter panic and a massive burning question; just how many books does one pack for three weeks away?
Being an “old fashioned” reader and not hip to the Kindle-craze means having to physically carry books in my luggage so of course any huge tomes were out of the question. I was leaning towards books that I didn’t mind leaving behind just in case I buy too much and need to lighten my load. Luckily I read these before my trip as these are definite keepers…
You, Caroline Kepnes
Goodreads says… When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
Rosie says… Oh my! You know a book that’s told from the point of view of a stalker which has you laughing out loud and at times siding with him is so so so MESSED up! I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down. I found myself being horrified at Joe and all his efforts into getting the girl of his dreams.
I read this quote about You and I couldn’t have said it better myself: “First and foremost: THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE. This book is to romance what The Shining is to self-help books.”
Read this book… when you’ve just started dating someone – I KID! Seriously, this’ll make you distrust any new beau or anyone for that matter!
Everything To Live For, Turia Pitt
Goodreads says… In September 2011, Turia Pitt, a beautiful 23-year-old mining engineer working her dream job in the far north of Western Australia, entered an ultra-marathon race that would change her life forever. Trapped by a fire in a gorge in the remote Kimberly region, Turia and five other competitors had nowhere to run. Turia escaped with catastrophic burns to 65 per cent of her body.
With too little unburned skin left for skin grafts, Turia was put in an induced coma in the Burns Unit at Sydney’s Concord Hospital while her body fought life-threatening infections and her surgeons imported skin from California. She lost the fingers on her right hand and her fingers on her left are partially fused together. She needed a new nose. There have been numerous operation, yet there are many more to come.
While the story of Turia’s survival involves many people – other race competitors, her rescuers, medical professionals – at its core is the strong will of Turia herself as she continues the long rehabilitation process with the loving support of her partner, Michael Hoskins, and that of their families in their New South Wales south coast hometown of Ulladulla, where the local community has rallied, raising funds to help with huge medical bills.
Everything to Live For is also a love story. Michael, Turia’s handsome teenage crush who became the love of her life, now cares for her as they plan a new life together; he is there to encourage Turia in her determination to move forward in an outwardly different body.
The real tragedy of this story is that it should never have happened – because the race should never have happened. The findings against the organisers of the event, Racing the Planet, in a far-reaching parliamentary inquiry by the Western Australian Government in 2012, were damning.
Despite facing a future with multiple challenges, Turia is optimistic. She is driving again and studying for her Master’s degree. She is walking in marathons and would one day like to run again. Above all, she wants her story to make a difference: her mission is to make skin a more prominent organ in the repertoire of donated organs.
It is a miracle Turia lived when she was expected to die. But Turia was not ready to die – she had too much to live for.
Rosie says… Like most of Australia, I’ve been fascinated by Turia Pitt and her amazing story of survival. I found this book to be a great insight into the Kimberley ultra-marathon tragedy and how Turia’s road to recovery unfolded. It boggles the mind that the organisers of the race, Racing the Planet, refuse to take any responsibility! I’m really interested to read her latest book, Unmasked, as I think there’d be more personal reflection and insight five years later as I felt that this book was written a little too soon after the accident.
Read this book… if you’re in need of some amazing inspiration and true grit!
The Wind Through The Keyhole (The Dark Tower #4.5), Stephen King
Goodreads says… Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement.
Roland Deschain and his ka-tet—Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler—encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.
In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man” preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day’s trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother often read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” Roland says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.” And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us.
King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in the 1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. The Wind Through the Keyhole is sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark Tower epic. But this novel also stands on its own for all readers, an enchanting and haunting journey to Roland’s world and testimony to the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic.
Rosie says… I am a HUGE fan of Stephen King and The Dark Tower series. I started it way back at Uni and managed to amass the books slowly over the last 20 years and when I finished the last book in the series I’m not ashamed to say I bawled like a baby. King has a way of weaving pure literary magic throughout his books and this series is no exception. It transcends different genres from sci-fi to classic western to horror and everything in between so of course I had to read this new-ish addition which slots somewhere between books 4 and 5.
I’m not entirely sure that this book was absolutely necessary as it doesn’t enhance the series but it was a great read nonetheless.
Read this book… if you’re a fan of The Dark Tower series, otherwise you may be a little lost in the realm of Mid-World.
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