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4 Books to read in 2015

Ella's Book Tips: Books to read right now // Ella Was Here

Ever since I was a little kid I loved being lost in imaginary worlds created by authors. A book was a temporarily escape from the ordinary world. Just for a while you could imagine that you were there at Hogwarts when Harry defeated the Basilisk or when Mathilda convinced her parents to let her be adopted by that sweet primary school teacher, Miss Honey.

It was not reality, it did not set place in what people call the real world. But that did not make it any less real for us, the children who loved to read. When I got older, the time to read slowly started to slip away. Secondary school and after that university became more important. And the pile of books I devoured became smaller and smaller. I still read. And sometimes I long for those special days when I read 2 books a day. But most times the feeling of nostalgia fades away when I pick up another book.

Ella's Book Tips: 4 Great Books To Read This Year // Ella Was Here

I do not waste my time by reading terrible books anymore. The time I still get to read is precious so I make sure it counts. For those of you in the same position, I listed 4 books that I have recently read and loved. You might want to give them a try as well.

1. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

This story is set in Alaska about 100 years ago. Jack and Mabel, a couple that has never been able to have children, are drifting apart. One day, during the first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning, the snow child is gone but a girl, who calls herself Fiana, appears at the edge of the woods where the couple lives. The Snow Child is the heartbreaking story of a childless couple and their hopeless longing for a child.

It is a story about love and loss, sett in a beautiful but mysterious place. Author Eowyn Ivey knows how to move her readers by creating a jaw-dropping backdrop to a puzzling story. This book is not about solving the mystery of the snow child, it is about the readers’ journey along with the characters. It is not so much the wanting to know what is happening as it is knowing what is about to happen but wanting to avoid it. And that is all I am saying for now.

2. The Book Of Lost Things by John Connolly

The next novel revolves around the live of 12-year-old David who has just lost his mother and therefore feels abandoned. His father does not understand and he turns to books as they seem to be his only friends. Fairy tales begin to take over his life. The fine line between reality and imagination starts to crumble. Imaginary evil characters begin to taunt him in real life.

The dark yet thrilling story of David takes place in the 1940’s during World War II. I genuinely enjoyed The Book Of Lost Things and would describe it as a real page-turner. However, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea as its main character is a young boy with a somewhat childish imagination. It is one of those books that you either love or hate. I ended up finding pleasure in David’s story and would definitely recommend it.

3. The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

Nombeko is a South-African girl that scoops up poop for a latrine management company. One day she is run over by an engineer. She survives but is blamed for the accident and needs to go work for him to pay of her debt. Somehow she stumbles upon a big secret that brings her life in danger. Nombeko decides to flee, which is the start of an enormous adventure.

This is the second book by Swedish journalist Jonas Jonasson. His first book ‘The Hunderd-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared’ is an international best-seller. Nombeko’s journey to Sweden is a delightful adventure. The characters are a very diverse group of people yet they inexplicably seem to belong together. This is definitely the most light-hearted book of the four.

4. Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Little June has always been very close to her uncle. So when he passes away her heart aches from an incredible loss. She however, soon finds out that she isn’t the only one missing him and an unlikely friendship begins to form between her and a secretive stranger.

This isn’t a happy story. I could not help but feel a little overwhelmed after finishing it. It is a humbling tale about losing a loved-one to AIDS and the mystery that comes with such a disease. Perhaps, I should have read and written about more cheerful books. But then again, just because a book tells a story about loss does not make it lifeless.

It might not be that easy to read that much anymore nowadays. I do still love it and therefore I would really like to know which books you read recently and what you thought of it!


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  • Jasey Jade

    I absolutely love books, I love to read but I’m really sad about not having the time to read. I still have a few unread books that I really want to start..
    Just Like beth I also have never heard of them but they seem really interesting !!

    • Hi! I’m so glad you found this post interesting. I also have way less time to read than I used to, which is kind of sad. But I try to read on the train, in the waiting room… When I rather read a book than listen to other people’s conversations!


      • Jasey Jade

        That’s actually a good idea! I will start carrying a book with me!
        Jade x

      • Jasey Jade

        Ella!!! I finished a book! I’m extremely happy! I made time & I did it! I probably sound insane but I actually said ” omg I finished the book” like a thousand times! I knew I had to tell you right away! Thank you for the tip, it really helped!
        Jade x 😀

        • OH, that’s super great Jasey! Which one have you read??

          • Jasey Jade

            I read “Het book van Finette”. You can read about it here if you want: http://jaseyjade.blogspot.com/2015/04/smell-of-roses-vodka-lime.html I love it! I wish I could get my hands on those you suggested!

          • I check on Waterstones (they deliver internationally) but don’t see Curaçao on the list… Too bad, they have an amazing range of books!

          • *checked

  • I’ve never heard of any of these but they sound great – I love finding inspiration for new books to read 🙂

    Beth x

    • That’s great, happy to be of service 🙂


  • Ooh I’ve read The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden and it was actually pretty good. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I did The Hundred Year-Old Man (some of the characters area pain in the butt!) but the main character is fab.

    The other three also look really really good and are going on my Goodreads list of ones to read! 🙂 xx

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    • I haven’t yet read the 100 year old man, but that seems to be a popular opinion!


      • It’s very funny! I recommended it to my Dad and he was in absolute stitches 🙂 xx

  • I haven’t read, neither heard these books but I’ll know now.
    By the way, I’ve nominated you for The Infinity dreams award here: minty-way.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-infinity-dreams-award.html

    • Thanks, I’ll check it out 🙂

  • Never heard of any of these titles, but I’ll keep ’em in mind, thanks!

    • I love all four of them! If you ever end up reading them be sure to let me know what you thought of them :).

  • I haven’t read any of these so thank you for the recommendations! 😀 I love a good book – cant wait to delve into one of these!!

    Jemma xx

    • Oh, glad you liked the post! Hope you let me know what you think of them once you’ve finished reading 🙂


  • I loved The Snow Child – it was such a beautiful story. It was definitely made better by the fact that I read it a couple of years ago over Christmas when it was icy and snowy in Scotland.

    I went through a slump where I didn’t read much for a few years but since I bought my Kindle it’s really stoked my love of books – Kindle and paperback!

    Sorcha x Bright Field Notes

    • I read The Snow Child during the summer. It definitely has more of a winter feel to it!

      I don’t own a Kindle but I bet it’s very easy to use and if you don’t like stacking up books you can just fit them all right on there 🙂

  • I love to read as much as I can and I am always on the lookout for new books to get my hands on, really keen to try The Snow Child, sounds like my cup of tea! 🙂


    • Yes, The Snow Child will be something for you! It’s a beautiful story )


  • I have only read The Snow Child out of these but I really enjoyed it. I am in the middle of reading Tracks by Robyn Davidson which I am really enjoying, it is about a woman who travels across the desert in Australia with her camels and dog.


    • Tracks sounds very interesting. Haven’t heard of it before but will add it to my list!

  • I have that John Connolly one on my bookshelf just waiting for time to read it. I’ll make it more of a priority now 🙂

    • I love it! Let me know what you think of it once you’ve finished it!


  • Sophie Smith

    They all sound like really good reads. I’m going to read some reviews on the first two and add them to my reading list!


    • Be sure to let me know what you think of them once you’ve finished reading!


  • The book of lost things sounds like what I want to read right now. I just started reading diary of a wimpy kid this evening and it’s as hilarious + lame as usual haha

    • The Book Of Lost Things might be something for you!
      And if you don’t like the ending you can just makeup your own 🙂