Dark, unsettling, heartbreaking, daunting reality.
Confused? These are not random adjectives but my TBR for this month. For June, I have handpicked three books and I hope I read them all by the end of the month. I have been sticking to my TBR in the past so let’s hope it stays this way.
Tin Man by Sarah Winman
This is more of a re-read. However, I feel there are layers to the story still yet to be found which is why I decided to pick it up again. I will try to read it in one sitting.
Ellis and Michael are twelve when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of an overbearing father. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more.
But then we fast forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question, what happened in the years between?
This is almost a love story. But it’s not as simple as that.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Genre: Historical Fiction
I saw this book in trend on Bookstagram and was an impulsive buy. Since this is a true story, I am unsure if I will be able to pull this book off. But I sure will try.
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.
Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Genre: Historical Fiction
One of my most anticipated books of this year. This book is really huge fyi. Not as huge as 1Q84 but huge in its own way. So, pray for me to finish it.
In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another
Have you read any of these books? Do you make a TBR or are you a mood reader?
If you have a made a TBR, ping back to this post or leave your post links in the comments. I will be making a dictionary of this month’s TBR and adding yours to the list below.
June TBR across the world