One of my goals this year is to read one book a month. I’m happy to say that so far, I’m on track. The three books I’ve read so far this year are a mix between science fiction, biography and fiction based on a true story. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading all of them so thought I’d share in case you’d be interested in giving them a read yourself. Here are my January to March book reads.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
Last year I saw so many people who I follow on social media shout about this book. I’m a sucker for marketing so this book had me at the title and cover. Knowing it’s based on a true story makes it even more interesting.
From the first page I was hooked and like many others before me, it was difficult to put it away. It only took a couple of days to read. Although I loved the story, it does romanticise everything that we’ve ever heard and read from people’s experience at Auschwitz. It’s almost difficult to think it’s a true story. At the same time I like the thought that there is always a silver lining. Far from everyone survived the horrible events like Lale and Gita did but to also find true love in a grim place like Auschwitz is pretty remarkable.
The Stepford Wives – Ira Levin
This is the first science fiction book I’ve ever read. I had no idea what to expect but I really enjoyed it. Knowing it’s been interpreted on screen, starring Nicole Kidman, I wanted to give it a go. It’s a short and straight to the point book so a very easy read. Written back in the 70’s, the topic is still relevant, perhaps Ira predicted the future?
Joanna moves with her husband and two kids to an idyllic American neighbourhood. She soon suspects that something isn’t quite right with the other housewives in the area. Together with two other women, they begin to investigate what might have happened to the other wives and who’s behind their weird behaviour change. I won’t give away the theory and suspicion they have and if you want to be shocked by the twist in the end, perhaps don’t read the prewords at the beginning.
If you like thrillers and mystery then I can highly recommend this book.
Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story – Arnold Schwarzenegger
It only over the last couple of years that I’ve had an interest in reading biographies and now I can’t get enough of them. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s might not be the first you’d think I’d enjoy but I’ve only heard positives about it so I wanted to read it. You’ll only get positives from me as well. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a very inspirational and admirable person. He’s achieved SO much, coming from nothing to living his own dream. I don’t know if he’s a genius or genuinely mad, it’s a fine line between the two but all you can do is respect the man.
I’m not a film star or a business woman, nor into politics but I can still relate to Arnold when it comes to weight training, moving to a new country where you work hard to fit in and be accepted as a citizen. I thoroughly enjoyed this biography from cover to cover. It’s inspired me to work harder, be myself and enjoy life.
What books have yo enjoyed reading lately? I’d like to read more biographies so if you have any recommendations, please comment with them below.