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My favourite hiding spot is between the pages of a book. While reading we can live the adventures, which we can’t experience at the moment. We can dive into other worlds while sitting on our own couches. It’s my favourite thing to do and in the last weeks, I read so many great books that I would like to recommend to you today.
Vox – Christina Dalcher
The story: It seems to be a totally normal day when the government decides that women are no longer allowed to speak more than one hundred words per day. The main character Dr Jean McClellan is shocked. This can’t be true. Not in the United States of America. Not today. Not to her. Soon women are no longer allowed to work, nor to have their own opinion. But Jean is using her voice. For herself, her daughter and every silenced woman.
This book is brilliant and shocking at the same time. It’s about females losing their voices and how dangerous it can be to stay silent when injustice happens. While I was thinking how absurd the hole scenario is at the beginning my beliefs changed quickly by reading. „Vox“ is an absolute page-turner and every woman should read this book. But it’s not only for/or about females it’s also an eye-opener for hidden racism.
Verity – Colleen Hoover
The story: Lowen, a financially struggling author, gets the opportunity to help the famous bestselling author Verity Crawford to finish her book series. But when Lowen arrives at the house of Verity she finds out, that she has serious brain damage caused to an accident. Nevertheless, Lowen decides to stay as she has a crush on the handsome husband and really needs the money. The longer she stays at Veritys home the more secrets she involves, until she finds a hidden manuscript of an autobiography of Verity, which turns all her beliefs upside down.
Colleen Hoover is known as the queen of young adult love stories and her unique characters always find a way into my heart. Verity is her first thriller and even though there is a tiny love story included the main story is way more mysterious. It’s definitely a psychological thriller and not too intense or violent, but the ending was a perfect fit and it left me speechless. It’s one of my highlights of the year and I can definitely recommend it to you.
The One – John Marrs
The Story: How far would you go to find the one? If it takes only one quick DNA test to find your perfect partner would you do it? And what happens if you find your perfect match, but it’s nothing at all what you expected it to be like?
Another unputdownable psychological thriller is „The One“ by John Marrs. In this book gender, race, age and financial situations don’t matter anymore, while people are finding their perfect matches. There are different storylines in the book like a serial killer and a cop, a same-sex couple, a matched couple which lives on the other side of the world from each other and a couple of other amazing stories. I loved the different perspectives and the short chapters, which mostly had a cliffhanger and made me read the book in just two days. This is definitely my 2020 highlight and if you haven’t read it yet you better get yourself a copy of the book soon!
One Of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus
The Story: Five students at the Bayview High School who barely know each other walk into detention, but only four of them walk out alive. Someone killed Simon, the creator of the gossip app of the school, everyone had a motive but who was it?
Compared to the other books this one is a lighter crime story for younger readers. It’s written from the different perspectives of the four other students and the book has everything you need. Lots of secrets, interesting storylines, diversity and some sweet love moments. One of us is lying is a great book with some really enjoyable plot twists.
Begin Again – Mona Kasten
The Story: When Allie Harper packs up her life and moves across the country to study in Woodshill she is oh-so ready for a fresh start and wants to leave all her trouble behind. The only problem is she doesn’t have a place to stay. She ends up sharing an apartment with the campus bad boy Kaden White, who only lets her stay if she follows three rules:
1. Don’t talk about your girl problems.
2. Keep your mouth shut if I bring someone home.
3. We will NEVER hook up.
So far so good, but the more she gets to know him the lines between the rules start to blur..
Last but not least I want to recommend you my favourite love story series „Begin Again“ from Mona Kasten. It’s a german young adult series, which got now published in English as well. I read the first book a few years ago and since then always bought the new ones right after they got out. This summer I read the newest part, which is called „Dream Again“ and fell in love with the whole setting again. So far the series has 5 books, but you can read them separately. In my opinion, the romantic stories are ideal for the summer holidays, but I warn you: in case you travel somewhere and take only the first book, you will want to get back home as soon as possible to get the next part – yes they are that good! The characters will feel like friends after a few pages and the storyline is not too cliche, even though the whole university setting is pretty typical for a young adult book. Big recommendation! The first part „Begin Again“ is such a beautiful romance about new beginnings, how to make peace with your past and find love and freedom in the most unlikely places.
Reading Gives Us A Place To Go When We Have To Stay Where We Are
And now tell me all about your last book highlight! Do you have one prefered genre or read all kinds of different books? Do you only read in your own language or sometimes in the original one? Let me know which book you can recommend to me. Lots of love, Tiziana