My third review in a month? I don’t know what’s happening to me in 2019, but I like it. Here are my thoughts on Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson.
Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson
Publication Date: 1st February 2019
Publisher: HarperImpulse Genre: Women’s Fiction
Format: Review copy from Netgalley provided for free in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis: The best friendships are worth fighting for… It’s been fifteen years since Aggie’s friendship with Rosie Hughes ended abruptly. But now she’s heard from the village rumour mill that Rosie is off to war, she knows her best friend needs her more than ever – despite what’s happened between them in the past. As Rosie faces a desert full of danger and Aggie falls further from the path to love she’ so wants, the two friends write each other letters. The comfort in their shared words is an anchor to the life they knew before…and the only constant in a world as increasingly unpredictable as the wind.
It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s prompt is a topic that has been weighing all too heavily on my mind these past few days; the books that I was supposed to read in 2018, but didn’t quite get round to. The guilt is real.
As per my reading resolutions for 2019, I am determined to read more non-fiction this year. A non-fiction book that I was incredibly fortunate to read ahead of official publication was The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield.
The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield
Publication Date: 24th January 2019
Publisher: Michael Joseph Genre: Historical Non-Fiction
Format: Review copy from Netgalley
Synopsis: Where there is family, there is hope…
Vienna, 1939. Nazi police seize Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer and his son, Fritz, and send the pair to Buchenwald in Germany. There began an unimaginable ordeal that saw the pair beaten, starved and forced to build the very concentration camp they were held in. When Gustav was set to be transferred to Auschwitz, a certain death sentence, his son refused to leave his side. Throughout the horrors they witnessed and the suffering they endured, there was one constant that kept them alive: the love between father and son. Based on Gustav’s secret diary and meticulous archive research, this book tells their incredible story for the first time – a story of courage and survival unparalleled in the history of the Holocaust.
Just like last year, I am trailing behind everyone else with my reading resolutions. I am of the view that if its January, I still have time to sort them out. Why worry about them in December? I enjoyed sitting down and blogging about my reading resolutions in 2018, and it was certainly interesting to look back at how I did. With another year of Don’t Bend the Spine (hopefully) on the horizon, I am once more setting myself some bookish challenges to spice up my life.
Even though we’re almost halfway through the month, it still feels like the first few days of January to me. No, I don’t know why either. I thought it would be a fun idea to look back at the reading resolutions I made for myself in 2018before I think about the ones I want to make in 2019. Let’s go!
One of the worst feelings as a book lover is when you have such high hopes for a book, and it ends up being disappointing. This series documents the books that have disappointed me; it can either act as a warning or even pique your interest in a new read.
New year, new me? Probably… not. However, the New Year does mean lots of new books, and one book that I was looking forward to at the beginning of 2019 was All The Lonely People by David Owen.
All The Lonely People by David Owen
Publication Date: 10th January 2019
Publisher: Atom Books Genre: YA
Format: Review copy from Netgalley
Synopsis: Everyone tells Kat that her online personality – confident, funny, opinionated – isn’t her true self. Kat knows otherwise. The internet is her only way to cope with a bad day, chat with friends who get all her references, make someone laugh. But when she becomes the target of an alt-right trolling campaign, she feels she has no option but to Escape, Quit, Disappear. With her social media shut down, her website erased, her entire online identity void, Kat feels she has cut away her very core: without her virtual self, who is she? She brought it on herself. Or so Wesley keeps telling himself as he dismantles Kat’s world from across the classroom. It’s different, seeing one of his victims in real life and not inside a computer screen – but he’s in too far to back out now. As soon as Kat disappears online, her physical body begins to fade and while everybody else forgets that she exists, Wesley realises he is the only one left who remembers her. Overcome by remorse for what he has done, Wesley resolves to stop her disappearing completely. It might just be the only way to save himself.
The aim of this reading game is to help me read more books and hopefully get on top of the ever-growing To Be Read pile. The more books I read, the more books I can buy. The more books I can buy, the more books I can read. It’s a win-win, right?
Guess who’s back, back again? Daniella’s back, tell a friend. In 2019, I promise to be a better book blogger. I have finally sorted out a place for me to write, which includes an actual desk and chair, so no more hunching over a laptop on the sofa. For my first post of 2019, I am diving right in with Top Ten Tuesday, and discussing my top ten books of 2018.
It’s time for another Recently Read post! After being struck down with a bad cold, all I could do was read. I scrolled through my Netgalley shelves and made it my mission to read the books that have been on my shelves for longer than I would care to admit. I dream of the day I achieve an 80% feedback ratio.