review

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Description from GoodReads:

“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival—literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught, he would have been killed; many owed him their survival.”

My thoughts

What can you say about a book based on someone’s experience whilst at Auschwitz? Written simply with no inapproriate flowery language Heather Morris tells us Lale’s story from boarding a train with no idea where he was going, to the end.

At times I had to stop reading and take a break, the horrors were too much. I know about the Holocaust, who doesn’t? But this is different, reading an account of life inside the camp is more intimate than watching a film like Schindler’s List.

I kept reading in the hope that the people who Lale befriends would survive, knowing of course the outcome, knowing the history. I did dread what the ending would tell me and wondered at times if I should stop and just not pick the book up again. But if people can survive this then it would be disrespectful if I could not read it. It’s important to know what happened, to know the story of these innocent people even though it’s so hard to read about.

I wish this wasn’t a true story!

 

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Ninja Book Box Unboxing

I took the photos for this post as soon as I got my Ninja Book Box but with having no internet and all the chores involved with moving….

So here it finally is!

August’s Ninja Book Box Unboxing

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Each months Ninja Book Box includes a welcome message, a recipe card, spoiler envelope and the lovely charm! Augusts theme was The Search and the gifts are a hint of where the book will be set:

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Included: a New York coaster and card, stickers for planners (love that idea) and Kindness cards (didn’t put them right for the photograph!) with ideas for little acts of kindness. 🙂

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There was also this lovely and very Autumnal candle holder. I’ve recently got interested in candles and have a few, including the one from the Magical Lands Ninja box which I’ve been saving for when I read the sequel to the book which featured in that box.

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And finally the book is: The Lustre of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller. I can always trust that the book will be perfect! This book is all about a search for a book, a book lover’s dream, sorry way too many repititions of the word ‘book’ and I’m told it’s a happy book which is what you need for the dim Autumn/Winter.

The next Ninja Book Box is in November, you can buy a one off box. Subscriptions are on hold after the November box.

I could do with starting this book now, I’m reading some intense books but I’ve aquired so many and have two being delivered. I am not reviewing anymore Netgalley books at present, I’m going to be focusing on reading the books I already own and maybe next year I will go back to reviewing on Netgalley and authors who contact me. That’s the plan anyway.

You can learn all about the Ninja Book Box on their website here the Ninjas have been very busy lately with the opening of their online bookshop and they’ve got a new box in development:

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I’ve pledged on Kickstarter to recieve the first box minus the book, as I already own a copy of On Anxiety from a previous Kickstarter. A Little Box of Calm is a one off box you will have to buy seperately from the Ninja Box. I love the idea, each box will feature a book and gifts related to a mental health issue. The box on Kickstarter here is for anxiety, you may or may not know that I suffer with anxiety myself and loved the idea of a little box of calm which will help me. If you suffer with anxiety or know anyone who does this is a perfect gift! Read my review of the book included in the box here.

I had a review copy of this book but I’ve backed another book from the same people On Bodies and bought a physical copy of On Anxiety as part of my pledge. It’s a good book!

If you can pledge anything to help the success of The Little Box Of Calm please do (be warned once you start backing projects it becomes an addiction), at the time of writing this blog these are the stats so far:

£531

pledged of £400 goal

20

backers

8days to go
They’re so close to reaching their goal! Mental Health is a very important issue and attitudes are changing. I can’t wait to recieve my Little Box of Calm and you’ll here all about it right here.
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A Discovery Of Witches No Spoilers

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Today is a day I’ve been waiting for. It’s the release day for A Discovery of Witches, a tv series on Sky and Now tv based on my favourite books by Deborah Harkness. I am obssessed with these books. I have all of them, including a book about the World of All Souls. I’ve read them a few times, once with the facebook group as part of the annual real time read. My books are still in boxes so I’ve had to borrow some goggle images:

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I’ve mentioned them before and will definitely be going on about them (sorry Twitter followers) again. It’s an amazing unique fantasy world with characters you will love, a world you will not want to leave. It begins with Diana finding a lost manuscript in the Bodleian library which everyone wants, she is pulled back into the magical world she didn’t want to be a part of.

Deborah Harkness is an amazing writer and she is a lovely person, always keeping fans up to date and connecting with us online.

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I watched episode one of the series this morning,whilst having breakfast, I couldn’t wait, it was on record at 2a.m.  Only fellow All Souls fans and other book or tv fans would understand how excitied I was and I did plan another blog post today but sorrry I can’t help but rave about this. I loved episode one, everything was perfect! No spoilers though.

Take a look at the Trailer here 

Not sure on the US release date I think it’s next year but the next book in the series is out next week. I was fortunate enough to pre-order a signed copy from Waterstones. So exciting.

 

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I’ve had such a crazy couple of weeks with moving and I’m still not unpacked and sorted yet but my internet is now up and running so I’m hoping to get back to normal very soon. Exciting moving and then a new series and two new books this month, Times Convert and the new Carlos Ruiz Zafon I have been waiting years to read. I really need to stop buying books now and read more but there’s just so many.

Thanks for reading my post and sticking with me during my busy time. I have a Ninja Book Box unboxing coming very soon I promise, still trying to fit everything in but you know how is goes.

Have you watched the series or read the books? No spoilers please but tell me how much you love them in the comments 🙂