The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian: The Armenian genocide is the topic of the book. Framed in a love story of the grandparents of the narrator. Too bad that neither the love story nor the background story of the genocide really take off. I am honestly not sure why the fell in love, because not much happened and then they wrote a lot of letters which arrived late or not at all. The genocide on the other hand is a topic that needs a lot of space and I am not sure it got that in this book. Still, it was a good book!


Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior: Veronica is 86 years old and seems to be really cranky. As well as rather forgetful some moments, but still wears a deep red lipstick. But she is also a feisty lady who gets what she wants. Her antics made laugh out loud several times, as did the unwashed Patrick, or Pip. One has to love Pip, he is like a ray of sunshine. You don’t need to go to the Antarctic yourself to enjoy this book, you can do so from your couch. Or like me while traveling through Scotland.


Beartown by Fredrik Backman:  I am not sure why I started to read two ‘winter’ books right after each other. But ‘Beartown’ had been on my TBR pile for a long time already. So after finally reading it, I can only wonder why it took me so long to pick it up. It’s a wonderful book about a hockey and a team, which sticks together. Above all though, it is about community and friendship and loyalty. And knowing the difference between right and wrong. Great book!


The Idea of Your by Robinne Lee: Finally a book which I read in one go. It only need one rainy Sunday and I finished ‘The Idea of you’. Which is actually quite sad, because the book makes a couple of very interesting points that need to be discussed in detail. Like the visibility of women over 40 or art that caters especially to women. Mainly ‘The Idea of You’ is a great love story which will make you laugh and cry. So feel warned! I loved it!


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