Spring…after what feels like an endless winter I’m welcoming her with open arms. I live in a rain forest where it rains almost daily from November until June, but the rain starts to wane in April and the sunshine returns. Rainy days are not all bad, it’s a great reason to tuck in with a good book – a lot. With the changing season I feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle more upbeat reads.
I want to share with you four really great books I’ve read recently that I think should be on everyone’s ‘to be read’ list.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – ‘Alaska, 1974. Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed. For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.’ Spoiler alert! I’m already calling THE GREAT ALONE the best book of 2018. I suffered a severe book hangover for two weeks after reading this one – it was on my mind all the time.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara – ‘You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark.‘ I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK is for true crime buffs but to be upfront it’s graphic and scary but well worth reading. This book follows the East Area Rapist now known as the Golden State Killer’s gruesome rampage in California during the 1970’s & 1980’s.
Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner – ‘In this exhilarating thriller inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer. This is actually book two from the Unsub series, which I highly recommend reading first to get to know the main character but stands up well on its own. INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE is another book for true crime lovers but with a fictional tie-in making it an excellent choice for anyone who enjoys thrillers.
The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers – ‘The true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war.‘ THE MONK OF MOKHA is a fascinating book for anyone who is interested in all facets of how coffee is produced. Mokhtar Alkhanshali is on a quest to bring the best cup of coffee to San Francisco without exploiting the workers and exporting the beans from Yemen during a civil war. Coffee lovers will enjoy this one but really it’s an interesting read for everyone.