The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is one of my favourite books of all time.
It has an incredibly clever premise, where a woman’s husband has a chrono-genetic disorder which causes his body clock to reset itself, causing him to jump back and forth through time without an ability to control it.
It is a beautifully written, unique, dark and powerful love story, which on finishing it made me want to go back through the book and read parts of it again.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender is a book that I wish I had written. I adore the premise of this novel. It’s quirky, unique, reflective and dark.
The main character discovers at nine years old that she possesses the ability to taste peoples’ emotions through tasting their food. When she bites into her cheerful mother’s lemon cake she tastes her sadness and despair. She goes through life almost haunted by the secret and hidden emotions of others, trying to find ways to cope with this ability.
I’m a big fan of Aimee Bender, I love the ability she has to view life from an unusual angle, writing reflective and unique stories about real characters.
The Diary of Anne Frank is the book I’ve re-read the most. Diary writing was an important part of my life growing up, I wrote one every day, and the entries were less about what I did and more about how I felt.
Documenting my feelings was always a necessity for me and so for that reason I was pulled to reading about a girl at a similar age who did the same thing. How different our lives were, how heart-breaking, harrowing, and unfair hers was. I’m still compelled to pick up the book and read passages, because in those pages she is so alive.
I eagerly await Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher novel. I started reading this series when I was on maternity leave five years ago and I was immediately hooked. Within months I had read the entire collection and was hungry for more.
Every year I’m excited for his new release and put special time aside to read it. I love Jack Reacher’s character, I love his ability to sum up a person and entire situation by one small gesture or glance. He’s incredibly clever, and solid as a character. I also love the female characters that Lee Child creates. They are never part of the problem, they are not the people to cause the problem as so many of these style of books do, they are clever, focused, smart women who are a joy to read.
I published my first Young Adult, Flawed, earlier this year and my favourite YA book that I read this year was Sarah Crossan’s One. It is beautiful, moving, reflective and had me in tears on my couch on the final pages.
The novel is written in verse and is about conjoined teenage twins Grace and Tippi who are more than two people, they are one. They share a body but also share their souls and it is a moving, heart-breaking story about what happens when one sister becomes ill and a decision must be made.
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