Lots of recommendations for books to read and enjoy: how does that sound? In just 3 weeks we are going on a holiday and we are always looking out for fun, interesting and exciting reads. Fiction, non fiction and it doesn’t have to be a book, it can be a magazine as well. We have many interests. We both have an e-reader with so many books we could go on holiday for weeks. At home I (Janet) prefer to have an actual book in my hands. What do you like better?
The woman in the window – A.J. Finn
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Premisse: Depressed, heavy drinking thirty something woman with agoraphobia spies on neighbours and thinks she saw her neighbour being murdered. Of course no one believes her.
Level of tension: 2 out of 5 stars
The silent companions – Laura Purcell
Genre: Horror in a historical setting
Where: an old abandoned mansion in the Britisch country side mid 19th century
Premisse: Newly widowed pregnant Elsie is forced to sit out her pregnancy on her late husbands inheritated and no longer in use estate in the country. Because so many people have died here over the years the villagers won’t even come near the house. Strange things start to happen pretty soon after she arrives with her late husbands niece.
Level of tension: 3,5 out of 5 stars for Janet and for Anneloes it’s 1 out of 5 stars
The museum of extraordinary things – Alice Hoffman
Genre: Historical and a bit of fantasy
Location: Coney Island / New York City around 1900
Premisse: Coralie was born with webbed fingers and she is the only daughter of the owner of the Museum of extraordinary things. She performs as a mermaid but is looking to expand her horizon if only her father would let her. One day she meets Eddie, a young immigrant and photographer who has run away from his family.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars because of the historical background and magical elements (without magic)
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstein (my favourite from this list)
Genre: Historical fantasy
Location: mostly New York City and Londen at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.
Premisse: Without warning the night circus arrives. It’s suddenly there, opens at nightfall and closes at dawn. Two young apprentice magicians, Celia and Marco, are pawns in a competition they never learn the rules from. When they fall in love the game becomes even more dangerous.
Level of magic: 5 out of 5 stars (an enchanting read and visually an amazing ride, but if you look purely at the plot there are some things that are not very satisfying)
Forest Bathing: how trees can help you find health and happiness (translation of ‘Shinrin-Yoku’, Japan)- Qing Li
Genre: Health, nature, non-fiction
Subject: The healing power of forest bathing, an almost 40 year old Japanese way of healing the mind and the body. The author describes the history, the most beautiful forests in Japan and the world, Japanese trees, ways of healing and diseases that can be healed by forest bathing. The book is beautifully illustrated.
Coffee table book rating: 4 out of 5 stars