The Book Club: #WhatKirstieReads Part 2

As you will have seen from posts on my Instagram account, I have been absolutely steaming through books recently. An eight day holiday paired with the desire for a bit of escapism from everyday life has got me reaching for fiction more often that I have in years.

Here are three books I’ve recently read that I implore you to pick up on your next trip to the bookshop.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The best book I’ve read since Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale Solokov, an Auschwitz survivor. At the start of the tale, Lale sacrifices himself for the sake of his family, unknowingly volunteering for what becomes three years at the infamous concentration camp. The tale follows his imprisonment and how his bravery helped feed and protect some of his fellow campmates and how he unexpectedly found love in the darkest of times.

This book is truly fantastic and is an important reminder that we must never forget the atrocities of the Holocaust. For those interested in Lale Solokov, this is an interesting article.

Adele by Leila Slimani

Following the huge success of her debut novel Lullaby, I was keen to pick up Slimani’s latest offering when it was released back in February. Not one to shy away from the most difficult of subjects (her first book centred around a nanny who murdered the children she cared for), Adele follows the story of a journalist with a sex addiction. Set in Paris, lead protagonist Adele attempts to navigate motherhood, marriage and her career while satisfying her addiction by engaging in quick trysts with strangers, longstanding affairs and even paid-for satisfaction. Difficult to read at times, this story is an insight into addiction and the fall-out that comes with embracing it. At just 224 pages, I devoured this in a single day!

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

A timely read in the current #MeToo era, Anatomy of a Scandal follows the trial of a rape that is alleged to have taken place within the Houses of Parliament between a married male politician and his female assistant, whom he was also having an affair with. This novel is brilliantly written, with the first-person narrator changing between chapters offering fresh perspectives of every situation. Flashbacks littered throughout the book aid the reader’s understanding of events as they unfold, helping us feel part of the story. Aside from a poorly considered twist in the middle, this book is a brilliant tale of crime, heartache and moral dilemma.

What are you reading at the moment? Do you have any recommendations?

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