We {HEART} books

If you’re lucky enough (like me, yay!) to be getting some rest time over the holiday break – it’s a perfect time to catch up on some reading. I’m hoping to get a few little book treats from Santa (hint, hint)… namely Women of letters and You’ll be sorry when I’m dead.

Over the next couple of days we’ll be recommending some books for you to read, the first installment are our ‘must-reads’.

An incredibly written novel recounted in a series of letters by Eva Khatchadourian to her absent husband. The book deals with the ‘nature vs nurture’ debate at its most devastating.

Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become, she confesses to a deep, long-standing ambivalence about both motherhood in general and Kevin in particular. How much is her fault? When did it all start to go so wrong—or was it, in fact, ever ‘right’ at all? Lionel Shriver tells a compelling, absorbing, and resonant story while framing the horrifying tableau of teenage carnage as a metaphor for the larger tragedy—the tragedy of a country where everything works, nobody starves and anything can be bought but a sense of purpose.


2. The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas

If you happened to catch the 8-part mini series on the ABC, you’ll already know what this book is about. As (usually) always the book is much better!

The Slap is about so much more than a ‘slap’, it is about the modern Australian family, the different cultures, morals and opinions that shape our country. It is confronting, sad and such a gripping story you won’t want to put it down.

Written from the perspective of 8 different people who were present at a BBQ where ‘the slap’ occurs, it delves into their  lives, loves and many secrets. Read it, you won’t be disappointed!


3. The Memory Keepers Daughter – Kim Edwards

The Memory Keepers daughter starts out in the early 60’s, It should have been an ordinary birth, the start of an ordinary happy family. But the night Dr David Henry delivers his wife’s twins is a night that will haunt their lives for ever.

First born is a healthy boy, his daughter has Down’s syndrome. And, in a shocking act of betrayal whose consequences only time will reveal, he tells his wife their daughter died while secretly entrusting her care to a nurse. As grief quietly tears apart David’s family, so a little girl must make her own way in the world as best she can. Amazing book about how a secret can tear apart so many lives.


4. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

This would have to be one of my favourite books of all time. So beautifully written, the words dance off the page and you can feel, see and touch every page.

Written from the perspective of Susie Salmon after she has been murdered and is somewhere in between earth and heaven. It is haunting and innocent. She watches as grief, anger and revenge slowly start to destroy her family. This is a definite must read!


Stay tuned for some recommended romcom reads!

What books do you recommend reading?

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