Book Haul – Jan/Feb 2020

Wow… long time no write… Hi again.

I’m going to get straight back into it and say hi, it’s nice to see you again. Shall we make a cuppa and dive right into some books?

First up is one I’ve always wanted to read, but never have done…

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

Come laugh and cry with the March family.
Meg – the sweet-tempered one, Jo – the smart one.
Beth – The shy one, Amy – the sassy one.
Together they’re the March sisters. Theor father is away at war and times are difficult, but the bond between sisters is strong. Through sisterly squabbles, happy times and sad, their four lives follow different paths, and they discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.


Next up is…

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Meet Queenie.
Journalist. Catastrophic.
Expressive. Aggressive. 
Loved. Loney.

A darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on life, love, race and family. Queenie will have you nodding in recognition, crying in solidarity and rooting for this unforgettable character every step of the way. 

Third on the list is…

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe (Translated by Lilit Zekulin Thwaites)

“It wasn’t an extensive library. In fact, it consisted of eight books… But they were books. In this incredibly dark place, they were a reminder of less sombre times, when words rang out more loudly than machine guns…”

Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau. But Dita becomes the secret librarian of the camp, tasked with taking charge of the small collection of precious books the prisoners have managed to smuggle past the guards. 

But books are extremely dangerous. They make people think. And nowhere are they more dangerous than in Block 31 of Auschwitz, where the slightest transgression can result in execution, no matter how young the transgressor…

I picked up the next book because I have really got into mystery/slightly scary books and this looks right up my street!

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Be careful who let you in…

In a large house in London’s fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up.

In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses.
Close to the is a hastily scrawled note.

They’ve been dead for several days.

Who has been looking after the baby? And where did they go?

And last, but certainly not least…

The Volunteer by Jack Fairweather

Summer 1940: Witold Pilecki, a Polish operative, accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands interned at a new concentration camp, report on Nazi crimes, raise a secret army and stage an uprising. The name of the camp – Auschwitz.

Over the next two and a half years, Pilecki forged an underground army within Auschwitz that sabotaged facilities, assassinated Nazi officers, and gathered evidence of terrifying abuse and mass murder. But as he pieced together the horrifying Nazi plans to exterminate Europe’s Jews, Pilecki realized he would have to risk his men, his life, and his family to warn the West before all was lost. To do so meant attempting the impossible – but first, he would have to escape from Auschwitz itself… 


Let me know in the comments if you’ve read/want to read any of these!

What’s on your to be read pile at the moment?

Lucy xox

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