Mrs Red Recommends- TBC 20/20 Day 4

This week 20 bloggers from THE Book Club on Facebook are posting 20 of their favourite books. Each day I’ll be posting my recommendations here, and on the event page with links to the full review. These are not in order of preference, and have been selected across genres to give a wide range of recommendations. This is the final day of recommendations.

1. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffinegger – Henry and Clare are married, or at least sometimes they are, and sometimes they haven’t met yet. Henry spontaneously travels backwards and forwards in time, so Clare is never quite sure which version of Henry she will meet next, or when she will next see him. They both try to live a normal life but obviously time travels makes this quite an awkward and interesting relationship. This is a really emotional read. The jumps in time are cleverly crafted and the end leaves you thinking about the book for days after. This book got me back into reading in my spare time and I have never forgotten it.
2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Amir and Hassan are the closest of friends until events at the annual kite fighting tournament in Kabul change things forever. The reader is introduced to Afghanistan in many ways; from Amir’s family life, to the life of their servants and then as a country at war. Full of beautiful friendships, loyalty, trust, betrayal and guilt, this book made me so emotional and has stuck with me ever since.
3. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – Kathy, Ruth and Tommy attend a boarding school called Halisham. The students all seem very happy and well balanced but they don’t really know much about the outside world. There is talk of carers and the importance of staying healthy and looking after themselves. The disturbing truth is gradually revealed as the three leave school and start to explore the world around them. A haunting dystopian novel I could never forget.
4. Tindog Tachloban by Claire Morley – Typhoon Yolanda hit Tacloban in the Philippines on the 8th of November 2013. Claire Morley was a volunteer in the aftermath and this book is inspired by her experiences. There are two main stories; that of Izel and his family who were caught in the typhoon, and Helen’s experience as a volunteer. The terror of being caught in the typhoon and fighting to keep family safe really hits home as you remember this is based on experience and interviews. After losing everything to Yolanda, children are exploited by the most evil kind of people. I can’t begin to imagine having to start over after nature, and then criminals, have ripped apart your home and your family. Claire Morley has told a powerful and important story that will not be forgotten.

Read the full review here
5. Recipes for Melissa by Teresa Driscoll – Melissa receives a book from her mother (Eleanor) after not seeing her for 17 years. It’s a recipe book that also contains letters and photographs started when Melissa was only eight years old. It’s written like a journal allowing Melissa to understand her mother’s reasons for not telling her the truth about her cancer. I found it was not as tearful but more heartwarming and nostalgic than I was expecting. It deals with grief perfectly – not wallowing in the descriptions but conveying the meaning with just enough emotion for you to feel it but not drown in it. The book is steeped in motherly love, balanced with hurt and guilt.

Read the full review here

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