After having a really good month in February, reading books 2-6, March hasn’t been quite so productive, mainly due to my choice for Book 7. While ultimately I enjoyed this book, it was quite difficult to get into and took me a while to read.
Breaking Night – Liz Murray
This book is subtitled ‘A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard’ and while I don’t often read memoirs, this sounded interesting so I thought I’d give it a go. The book charts Liz Murray’s life from her early childhood with drug addicted parents, through her school years and beyond. I found the early chapters of the book horrifying, that a child could live this life. As she grew older and fell into her own self destructive patterns I found myself frustrated with her (and with a system that allowed it to happen). As suggested by the title though, this is ultimately a story of triumph over circumstance. Eventually she returns to school and against all odds (homeless and penniless), she succeeds. Liz Murray now acts as a role model for others and is a motivational speaker. Her story is inspirational and while I found it difficult to relate to her as the narrator, this was a satisfying read.
Gravity (The Taking) – Melissa West
After a tough read with Breaking Night I went back to one of my Kindle Daily Deals books. Another light, futuristic read. Following World War IV humankind have been saved from complete destruction by the Ancients, who have terraformed earth in exchange for being able to ‘take’ essential nutrients from humans. But all is not what it seems… This was an easy read, I enjoyed it – and it was just what I needed! I look forward to the sequel coming out in August.
Following a Twitter chat with Jess at Catch a Single Thought and Lorna at Mummy and her Boys I am now going to re-read Divergent and read the follow up Insurgent, by Veronica Roth. Looking forward to that :)
Last month I also wrote a couple of posts for World Book Day – a tour of both mine and my kids bookshelves, recommending some of my favourite authors. Have a read if you’re looking for some more ideas for this challenge!
I will be linking up again with Julie over at Mama OWL in her 50 books challenge March round-up!