Finally I feel as though I’m making progress with my reading challenge. This month I’ve managed to smash through three books and picked up a fourth, only for me to pop it back in the pile. Sometimes, thankfully not often, my choices aren’t fabulous, but these three sure were awesome page turners…
Pole to Pole: One Man, 20 Million Steps, Pat Farmer
Goodreads says… In a feat that ranks with the brave and inspiring deeds of Sir Edmund Hillary and Jessica Watson, famed Australian ultramarathon runner Pat Farmer did what no human has ever done: run from the North Pole to the South Pole. His mission: to raise money for the Red Cross to fund water projects in the world’s neediest regions.
On the 21,000 km run, which took Farmer nearly a year to complete, he averaged an incredible 85 km a day. He faced freezing cold, polar bears and ice crevasses; searing heat and rattlesnakes; guerrillas and drug cartels; the stamina-sapping high altitudes of the Andes, and much more.
Pole To Pole is the story of his journey, told in his original diary format and accompanied by stunning photos.
Rosie says… To say I was impressed reading Pat’s story would be an understatement! I can’t even fathom running this next half marathon I have coming up and he ran four times that every day for 10 months – WTF?! It’s not the slickest read as it’s in diary format and it does get a little repetitive in parts but he’s not a writer so he’s forgiven for that. FFS this man ran from one of the earth to the other so he’s a bloody legend in my eyes!
Read this book… when you’re in need of some serious
fitness life inspiration.
Reconstructing Amelia, Kimberly McCreight
Goodreads says… A stunning debut novel in which a single mother reconstructs her teenaged daughter’s life, sifting through her emails, texts, and social media to piece together the shocking truth about the last days of her life.
Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is stunned when her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, calls with disturbing news: her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen-year-old daughter, Amelia, has been caught cheating.
Kate can’t believe that Amelia, an ambitious, levelheaded girl who’s never been in trouble would do something like that. But by the time she arrives at Grace Hall, Kate’s faced with far more devastating news. Amelia is dead.
Seemingly unable to cope with what she’d done, a despondent Amelia has jumped from the school’s roof in an act of “spontaneous” suicide. At least that’s the story Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. And overwhelmed as she is by her own guilt and shattered by grief, it is the story that Kate believes until she gets the anonymous text:
She didn’t jump.
Sifting through Amelia’s emails, text messages, social media postings, and cell phone logs, Kate is determined to learn the heartbreaking truth about why Amelia was on Grace Hall’s roof that day-and why she died.
Told in alternating voices, Reconstructing Amelia is a story of secrets and lies, of love and betrayal, of trusted friends and vicious bullies. It’s about how well a parent ever really knows a child and how far one mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she could not save.
Rosie says… From the outset I thought Reconstructing Amelia was going to be very cookie cutter/predictable yet an enjoyable read but I was pleasantly surprised as it wasn’t what I was expecting. I loved that the twists weren’t so cliché and the storyline felt fresh. I’m usually not a fan of books told from different characters points of view but for this story it was important. A definite page turner!
Read this book… if you’re after an interesting whodunit.
She’s Come Undone, Wally Lamb
Goodreads says… In this extraordinary coming-of-age odyssey, Wally Lamb invites us to hitch a wild ride on a journey of love, pain, and renewal with the most heartbreakingly comical heroine to come along in years.
Meet Dolores Price. She’s 13, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood goodbye. Stranded in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself with the Mallomars, potato chips, and Pepsi her anxious mother supplies. When she finally orbits into young womanhood at 257 pounds, Dolores is no stronger and life is no kinder. But this time she’s determined to rise to the occasion and give herself one more chance before she really goes under.
Rosie says… I was surprised to read so many reviews hating this book because I absolutely loved it and was sucked right in from page one. The story is heavy and quite depressing in parts but I didn’t want it to end and I was hooked on poor Dolores and her fucked up life. I just wanted ONE thing to go right for her, yet I knew it just wasn’t going to happen. What can I say, I love books that aren’t always sunshine and lollipops!
Read this book… when you’re not depressed otherwise this could be a trigger for some.
Read any good books lately?…