JFL Reads – Book Reviews

Ever since I can remember I’ve been an enthusiastic reader. The world that awaits me through the pages in a book, has rescued me more times than I can recall. Calming my fears. Changing my focus. A place where my life and my worries were invisible and instead, my imagination could get lost in the life of the protagonist. Stories have been my escape.

Even now, when I feel overwhelmed or when life is a little hectic, sitting down with a good book for 20 minutes, will put me in a much better place. So, I thought I’d like to start sharing these reads with you, the good, the bad and the ugly. Hopefully, the ones that rocked my world,  can help be your escape too.

1. The People Smuggler by Robin De Crespigny shook me to the core. This book is extraordinary. I must admit that I am a sucker for true stories, whether that be in film or book format, so I knew that I would enjoy this read. However, I wasn’t prepared for the dramatic narrative, detailing Ali Al Jenabi’s plight for survival and search for a safe place in the world, for himself and his family. Very thought provoking (and tear provoking, tissues will be required), especially in the context of the asylum-seeker debate. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

2. Wonder by R.J Palacio. This book is SO good. Beautiful yet brutal. Told from multiple perspectives, it tells the story of a young boy with physical deformities. Targeted at young adults, I was able to read this one in a couple of days, but the story has stayed with me for weeks.

3. Cinderella Girl by Carin Gerhardsen. My plan was to only really share the books that I find brilliant with you gorgeous, why waste your time telling you about a book that wasn’t brilliant right? But then, I thought, what if you went out and bought the book and spent days reading it, only to be disappointed. So, full disclosure it is. Cinderella Girl has so much potential, a great story, personally though I just couldn’t get into it. I think the only reason I finished it, was because I was on a boat in the middle of the Whitsundays and hey, I was out of other books.

4. The Yellow World by Albert Espinosa caught me completely off guard! Surviving cancer many times, Albert Espinosa didn’t want to write a book about how not to die, he wanted to write about how to live. The Yellow World sets out 23 discoveries that honestly challenged my thinking… Every page is truly inspiring and will change the way you see everyday life. A great read.

5. Misery by Stephen King. Tells the story of Paul Sheldon, a famous novelist that gets pulled out of a smashed up car, by his biggest fan Annie and then held captive, Annie threatening his life until he re-writes an alternative ending to one of her favourite books. Sounds weird but it was brilliant. I must admit, I have never, ever read a Stephen King novel before this. I get ridiculously scared and so, I have always bought books that make me cry, over books that will give me nightmares. When Nick suggested this book as a holiday read, I was dubious… but I couldn’t put this book down. There is definitely a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world… big thumbs up.

So there we have it, the first instalment of the Just For Love Reads. If you have read a book lately and it rocked your world, please let me know in the comments. I am always on the hunt for a good read, so if you have one, let me know!!

Stay Fabulous, Kylie

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