Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris)

Everybody knows Anne Frank, her diary, her thoughts. Everybody knows The Book Thief, Liesel and the protection she offered to Max, the Jew she protected from the Nazis and kept hidden in her house. Generally speaking, everybody knows about the horrors of Auschwitz, the food rations, the inhumane conditions, the smell of death all around.  But this time it’s different. Because ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ is about survival through love. A love that saves the soul in a pained body. A love that gives hope. A love that redeems.

Review: They Both Die at the End (Adam Silvera)

Since the title is already enough of a spoiler, I will not concentrate on specific actions or much of the plot because yes, there is an app allowing you to find one last friend, and yes, both friends have sad life stories and yes, there is no happy ending, but that’s not of utmost importance. What really makes a difference is how reading this book makes you feel.

Review: Left Neglected

If by any chance you’ve read ‘Still Alice’ and felt shocked, heartbroken or a bit of both, know that ‘Left Neglected’ is only going to further build on that.As a specialist in neuroscience, Lisa Genova creates stories that rely heavily on a medical background. ‘Left Neglected’ is a story of success, connection, hope and adaptation, and I will review it as such, presenting the defining elements of each section.

Review: Lion by Saroo Brierley or The Search for Self

Lion is the true story of a five-year old Indian boy who gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, is adopted by an Australian family and retraces his Indian family and roots 25 years after the incident. It depicts the poverty of the Indian People back in the 80’s and it is obviously spiced with the culture shock that a five year old would suffer when moving from India to Australia. But beyond all that, Lion is about the search for self. Saroo gets lost at a train-station and tries in vain to go back home. He lives in the streets, begs, is finally taken to an orphanage and then adopted. He is no longer a poor Indian boy, but a middle-class Aussie.

Review: We Should Hang Out Sometime

Josh Sundquist is a motivational speaker. And a vlogger. And a paralympic skier. And author of We Should Hang Out Sometime. In case you are not familiar with him, which I wasn’t, myself, until roughly two months ago, you would probably still have guessed by now, that being a paralympic skier entails him having some sort of disability. Well, yes, he is an amputee.

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Most people define a murder as the act of someone taking another person’s life. But does this apply exclusively to people? Not if your name is Christopher, you’re 15 and you’re suffering from Asperger’s syndrome. If this is the case, killing a dog called Wellington by using a garden fork still qualifies as murder. And Christopher has to find out who did it. He doesn’t like novels, because they are not true, but he likes detective stories, because they use logic. So he is going to write a detective story while working out who killed Wellington, the dog.

Recenzie: Curajul de a reuși de Ruben Gonzalez

Visează… luptă… câştigă! Trei cuvinte care arată bine pe hârtie, dar care, atunci când le aplici la viaţa de zi cu zi au un efect însutit. Sunt cuvintele care îl însoţesc tot timpul pe Ruben Gonzalez, argentinianul care a avut un vis extraordinar, acela de a deveni medaliat olimpic, vis pe care a reuşit sa îl împlinească. A participat la Olimpiadă nu o dată, ci de patru ori în patru decenii diferite, toate acestea în pofida sorţilor potrivnici şi a tuturor obstacolelor care s-au ivit pe drumul către împlinirea ţelului personal.

Campion naţional la sanie şi de patru ori medaliat olimpic, Ruben Gonzalez a început să se antreneze pentru prima dată la acest sport la vârsta de 21 de ani. Patru ani mai târziu participa la Jocurile Olimpice de Iarnă de la Calgary. La 39 de ani, concura alături de sportivi de 20 de ani la Olimpiada din Salt Lake City, iar la 47 de ani concura la competiţia olimpică de la Vancouver.

Review: The Girl on the Train

A train that always stops in the same spot. And an alcoholic: Rachel. Whose life also got stuck in the same spot. Five years ago. When she was happy with her husband, Tom. When they were trying to have a baby.

Now, there’s not much left of that. Except the train that stops in front of a house neighboring her old one. And a happy couple that she sees daily, while riding the train to her imaginary workplace. Rachel lost her job about three months ago. Too drunk to work. Too drunk to even live decently. Drunk enough to become… our unreliable narrator.