As we had six months of travelling ahead of us I knew I could get some decent reading time in, however carrying around a backpack for 6 months meant I only had room for one book at a time. Luckily we stumbled across a number of charity shops which meant we could do book exchanges and snap up some bargins. Staying in hostels was also great as people tend to get involved in book swaps too!
Even now I’m back in the UK I can’t go into my local Oxfam book shop without snapping up a bargin!
Still Me – Jojo Moyles
The first book on my list was the third instalment of the very popular ‘Me Before You’ series. This book follows the life of Louisa who we meet in the previous books as she navigates her new life across the pond in New York. This book, as like the others is an easy read which delves into our emotions as humans and the sacrifices we make for those we love. ‘Still Me’ takes us on a journey of right and wrongs all while maintaining who you are and the decency in all of us. As good as the first two books which is sometimes rare!
Conversations with friends – Sally Rooney
I managed to snap this book up in Australia as its been on my list for ages! Many people find it hard to read due to the lack of punctuation and different grammar but i thoroughly enjoyed it. The book follows two friends, Frances and Bobbi as they traverse through life becoming entwined with a married couple which sets a rocky path for their future. It’s an excellent look into lives of young women and the difficult decisions that make who we are. I couldn’t put this down and knew I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book.
Normal people – Sally Rooney
Luckily just as I finished the first Sally Rooney book I found the second one in a charity shop which I like to call fate. Just as good as the previous, this book takes us into another relationship, this time between Marianne and Connell who must confront their differences in class, family and their future. Sally Rooney captures youth in such a perfect, not so idyllic reality which we, as audiences know all too well. I can’t wait to read more of her work.
My Steve – Terri Irwin
Get some tissues ready for this one. We decided to visit Australia Zoo while we were in Aus as I had grown up watching Steve Irwin as the Crocodile Hunter on television. I couldn’t wait to see what legacy he had left and it was amazing. We were so impressed with the zoo and all the conservation work they’ve done that we picked up this book to read about their life story. Not only did this book give us an insight into the Irwin family it let us see the heartache and difficulties Steve faced while scrutinised by the media. It delve into the small beginnings of the zoo to the incredible triumphs that they are still achieving today.
Killing Pablo – Mark Bowen
If you’ve watched Narcos on Netflix you need to read this book. This book gave such a detailed insight into Pablos life, the people around him and his downfall. Mark Bowen has researched so heavily that you really get a feel for what life was like in 80s Colombia. This book details heavily the damage caused by Escobar not only to the country, but to families, including his own. A must read if you liked Narcos for sure.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
I read this book in two days. I could not put it down. Based on the true story of Lale Sokolov, Morris writes such a honest and heartbreaking story about his life. A Slovakian Jew, Lale is taken to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where due to his knowledge of multiple languages his life is spared and he becomes the tattooist, marking his fellow inmates for life. We learn his bravery and compassion for others keeps many alive, through the toughest of years, while falling in love where he never thought possible. If you liked this, the spin off novel ‘Cilkas Journey’ is out now.
Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
This book was another i couldn’t put down. Following the death of a newborn we are thrown into a story revolving around race, misconduct and justice which takes you on a rollercoaster. This is a book that I don’t want to spoil, so do yourself a favour and just read it asap.
Ordinary People – Diana Evans
Thanks to the ‘High Low’ Podcast for this recommendation. Ordinary people follows the lives of two couples navigating their way through life as babies come, parents go and the world changes around them. It shows not only ordinary people, but ordinary life and how we can take moments that make or break us and turn them into something beautiful.