If you go through my Goodreads account, you’ll see that I read the same kind of books all the time really. I’m a YA reader and it rarely ever happens that I read something else than that. One of my resolutions, that just came to me in these last couple of days is to read some other books this year. Don’t get me wrong, YA is a wonderful genre, and if you just want to read YA that’s absolutely fine, but I guess I just want to broaden my horizon and read some other things alongside YA books. Because let’s be real here; I bloody love YA and I don’t think I’m going to stop reading YA books anytime soon – or ever.
I don’t have a specific genre in mind that I want to read more of. I guess I just want to see what comes on my path and sometimes pick things up that I normally wouldn’t. There are a couple of books that I came across already that I really want to pick up that might not be completely up my street. I guess I’m looking to be surprised.
The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen
I have to be honest here, the thing that attracted me to this book at first was the cover. I mean, I love Tuscany, I’m going there this June for the second time and a cover like this just catches my eye. But, this book is a Historical fiction that is partly about World War II. I have never read war books before. I don’t really know why because I do like to watch war movies from time to time – I recently watched The Woman in Gold, and that was a very interesting and saddening movie – but for some reason, war books never appealed to me. Well, until now!
In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal.
Nearly thirty years later, Hugo’s estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father’s funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.
Still dealing with the emotional wounds of her own personal trauma, Joanna embarks on a healing journey to Tuscany to understand her father’s history—and maybe come to understand herself as well. Joanna soon discovers that some would prefer the past be left undisturbed, but she has come too far to let go of her father’s secrets now…
I think this sounds really interesting, and that it takes place in Tuscany is just a very big plus for me. This book will be published on February 20th.
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
Another book that caught my eye is The Music Shop. I actually found this through Book of the Month, it is one of there January selections. And my oh my am I sad that Book of the Month doesn’t ship to The Netherlands… oh well. I can still pick this up of course. This book sounds amazing. As you might know, I really really love music. I also have a record player, I collect Vinyl and I just can’t live without music. So I need to read this book.
It is 1988. On a dead-end street in a run-down suburb there is a music shop that stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. Like a beacon, the shop attracts the lonely, the sleepless, and the adrift; Frank, the shop’s owner, has a way of connecting his customers with just the piece of music they need. Then, one day, into his shop comes a beautiful young woman, Ilse Brauchmann, who asks Frank to teach her about music. Terrified of real closeness, Frank feels compelled to turn and run, yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems, and Frank has old wounds that threaten to reopen, as well as a past it seems he will never leave behind. Can a man who is so in tune with other people’s needs be so incapable of connecting with the one person who might save him? The journey that these two quirky, wonderful characters make in order to overcome their emotional baggage speaks to the healing power of music–and love–in this poignant, ultimately joyful work of fiction.
The fact that it’s about a guy who owns a record shop is already a reason for me to pick this up. And the rest of the description just gets better. I’m really happy I found about this book and I can’t wait to read it. I hope I will love it as much as I think I will. I can already imagine me reading this book while spinning some records. This book was published on the 2nd of January this year.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
This book absolutely flooded my feed the last couple of weeks. It was picked as the book of the year by book of the month and so many people that I follow posted about it. I really couldn’t get around it if I wanted to. It did spark my attention, so many people seem to love this and also, LOOK AT THAT COVER! It’s so aesthetically pleasing with the soft pink and red.
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?
Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.
At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.
If I’m completely honest, this description doesn’t make me super excited, which I did have with the other two books. But, in order to read different books, I feel like I should give books a chance that don’t spike my interest immediately. Also, this book is written by John Boyne, the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas… I mean, we all know that one. I haven’t read that book, but I did see the movie and loved it – and cried a lot. So I have a feeling that this book can really be something.
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Those are the three books that I currently have on my TBR list that are very much different from what I would normally pick up. Let’s see what 2018 brings me in terms of reading and different books. I really hope I can keep up with this goal.