Still Me (Me Before You Trilogy, Band 3) by Jojo Moyes: Book number three made me cry as well. Why is that, when nobody dies? I really liked the story of Lou and how she moved on after the death of Will. Even though part two (which I didn’t re-read) is hazy in my memory, part three lives up to the big love story again. Lou finally comes into her own, exactly as Will would have wanted her to. Definitely a book which kept me up at night.
The Rainbow Troops by Andrea Hirata: I found this book on my first day in Indonesia, strolling around Yogyakarta. What better way to get to know a country than by reading a book about it from a local author? It’s about a local school and how to overcome the cycle of poverty with education. The author dedicated the book to his teacher and after reading it, it’s totally understandable. Never give up and always believe in yourself. Or as John Lennon said: Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly: This is the story of three women whose lives converge during and after WWII. It is also a rather detailed account of the medical experiments done to women in the concentration camp of Ravensbrück. There are parts which are hard to read, which makes the realization worse that this actually happened. Two of these female characters are historical figures while the third one is leaned on a real-life survivor of the camp. Strong read!
The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years Book 1) by Sarina Bowen: Wow, what a roller coaster book. I had laughing out loud moments and was later crying a little bit. The story of Callahan and Hartley was heartwarming, touching and a bit more than your usual YA romance. There is quite a bit of substance to this book. I read this book on one rainy Sunday, there is nothing better than loosing oneself in a good story. So glad then that there are five more books to come.