Thursday, May 21, 2020

Recent Reads - Iso Books

Recent Reads - Iso Books
1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens / 2. In My Shoes by Tamara Mellon
3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris / 4. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
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Even when I do have more time to read than usual, I still feel like it's never enough. I love getting lost in a great book, letting the story take me on a journey and making friends with the characters, whether it's a true story or a fictional novel. My latest reads have unintentionally all featured an element of isolation, which made them all totally relatable during this time even though they're all very different. Each one of these books also strongly demonstrates the power of relationships. Here's a little rundown of what I've been reading lately...

Where the Crawdads Sing

1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I can't tell you how many times I heard or saw something online about this book and now I understand why... It's one of the best books I've read in a while. This beautifully written story about a girl named Kya growing up on the North Carolina coast in the 50's & 60's is one of romance, survival, mystery and heartache with strong themes of the science, nature, discrimination, social norms and perseverance woven throughout. The dialects are perfectly penned, the characters are rich and relatable and the story is hopeful. If you're looking for something great to read during lockdown, I can't recommend Where the Crawdads Sing enough - it's just incredible. I finished this in just two days because I simply could not put it down.

2. In My Shoes by Tamara Mellon
Not a new book by far, In My Shoes is a memoir by Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon. I got this book for Christmas years ago and simply never got around to actually reading it, but it's still super relevant and a great read for anyone who's interested in shoes, business, fashion or becoming an entrepreneur. Mellon's personal life is just as fascinating if not more so than her professional life and she puts on paper the struggles of starting a brand, keeping it alive and navigating the treacherous waters as it becomes a fashion giant. From rehab to court cases, working in magazines to being unemployed and what it's really like to put your shoes on the celebrities working the red carpet while juggling meetings with venture capitalists to keep the brand alive, this memoir is one I just couldn't put down. It's not new, but it's so relevant that it stands the test of time and I really enjoyed it.

3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
I might be the last person on earth to read this book, but just in case I'm not I thought I'd include it because it was very good. It's definitely not my favourite on this list, but an incredibly touching story about Holocaust survivors and their experiences in the camps. It's beautifully written, sad, hopeful and at times very romantic... If you haven't read it yet, it's worth grabbing a copy of this best seller that's based on a true story.

4. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Sometimes a book really surprises you and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is one that really got me. I enjoyed it from the very first few pages, laughing at the main character and her quirks. Little by little the story unfolds and before I knew it, I was totally sucked in and finished the majority of this book in one day. It's a funny, touching, gripping and suspenseful story of the power of a real friendship. It reminds me a little of the Bridget Jones books, but it's a much more sophisticated story in my opinion and not so heavy on the romance. Whether you need a laugh, a good cry, a shock or all of the above, I highly recommend this book.


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