This is my World Book day book. I’ve read this several times.
Its not a religious book, its about the people Eddie, the main character in the book, meets during his life and how they turn out to be all connected in small ways.
Its full of emotions, sadness, joy, love and easy to read
The blurb is….
On his 83rdbirthday, Eddie, dies in a car accidents trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. With his final breath, he feels 2 small hands in his-and then nothing. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden , but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by 5 people who were in it. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers, but each one changed his path in life forever.
It is a true story of a couple, in their 50s, who lost everything in a legal battle and were made homeless and, rather than take the offer of a temporary B and B, they set off on the South West Coastal walk (600 miles or so) and it changes their lives. Thoroughly thoroughly uplifting -a great ‘Covid read’ as it shows the power of hope and human endurance and reinforces the idea that almost anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Loved it!
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See is an amazing story about endurance; physical and emotional. It begins in the 1930s to present day and spans the Japanese occupation of Korea and WWII. Young -sook is born into the culture of Haenyo, female deep-sea divers. She befriends Mi-ja, daughter of a Japanese collaborator, who is sent to live with her Aunt and Uncle and joins the Haenyo. Lisa See writes of an incredible world, where women divers risk their lives each day to support their families; reaching perilous depths in freezing temperatures without diving equipment. The friendship between the two women faces many challenges and a betrayal which Young-sook has to decide whether to forgive, or not.
This spectacular adventure had me gripped from the first chapter. Michael lives a very normal life until the day his family decide to embark on the journey of a lifetime; from that moment on you are dazzled and delighted at the his escapades!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The novel focuses on 29-year-old Eleanor Oliphant, a social misfit with a traumatic past who becomes enamoured of a singer, whom she believes she is destined to be with. It deals with themes of isolation and loneliness, and depicts Eleanor's transformation journey towards a fuller understanding of self and life.
Currently reading: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. Really good so far but I have not finished it yet!
My favourite book is Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, the story of a woman whose story is told multiple times as she makes different decisions and her life takes a different course. I also loved A God In Ruins – the follow up which followed the story of her brother.
Anything by Tolkien, I’m missing my lord of the rings books, because a friends son has borrowed them in lockdown. I was introduced to Tolkien when I was 9 years old, by my cousin, have never looked back. My Granny shared her birthday with Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.
Fletcher was nothing more than a humble blacksmith's apprentice, when a chance encounter leads to the discovery that he has the ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, he must travel with his demon to the Vocans Academy, where the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. The academy will put Fletcher through a gauntlet of gruelling lessons, training him as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire's war against the savage orcs.
Fletcher will find himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with nothing but his demon, Ignatius, to help him. As the pieces on the board manoeuvre for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands ...
Like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Pokémon all rolled into one- recommended for anyone who loves fantasy! (Books 1 and 2 available in the library)