Over the past few months, I’ve got into the habit of reading every night before bed. It really relaxes me after a long day at work and it means I’ve been able to read books that have been on my to-read list for ages. I really want to try and read more this year so during the Christmas break I ordered a bunch of new, intriguing books from Amazon. I hope you all enjoy my January book haul!
The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
Description from Goodreads: In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.
Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.
One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.
A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov’s experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.
This is the book I’m probably most excited to read. Both the cover and the description drew me in and there was no hesitation adding it to my basket. I love that it’s based on a true story and I think it’s going to be a real eye-opening and emotional experience reading it.
The Secret Deep – Lindsay Galvin
Description from Goodreads: When Aster wakes alone on a tropical island, she has no idea what has happened, why she is there, or where to find her younger sister, Poppy. Meanwhile, Sam, who once met the sisters on a plane, makes links between the mystery of their disappearance and suspicious happenings in his own life. In a stunning dual narrative, the truth unravels with devastating effect – and the answer lies in the secret underwater world surrounding the desert island, populated by the beautiful and the impossible…
First of all, I love a dual narrative so this book has already earned bonus points there. I just love getting into the minds of all the main characters. The cover of this book is absolutely beautiful and the story sounds very mysterious. From the reviews I’ve read, it seems as though there’s a lot of twists and turns, with both science and magic combined. I’ve very excited to dive into this one.
Delirium Series – Lauren Oliver
Description from Goodreads: In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistake.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the Wilds who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?
Lastly, I bought the entire Delirium series, which was a bit of a risky move. I was originally going to buy the first one until I saw they were selling the box set for only £13! I’ve started reading the first one and really like it so far. I do typically love a good dystopian romance story and the premise of this series really hooked me. I have quite high expectations for these books and hope they don’t disappoint!
That’s everything I picked up this month. Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments!