Introducing the AOTR Book Club! Rather than publishing my top 10 books twice a year, I’ve decided to take on the challenge and review 4 books every month. I’ll give each book a short summary (without spoilers), my personal star rating, and will finish each post with a list of the books I plan to review the following month. I hope you can read along with me!



Cheryl Strayed

If you’re looking for an informative guide to the Pacific Crest Trail, this isn’t the book for you. Wild is a story (though a memoir, it reads like a novel) of loss, pain and courage. The way that Cheryl describes her turmoil, I felt like I was right there with her, heavy pack and all. There were a number of times where she would go into stories about her life before the trail, which I understand were relevant to why she decided to do the trek in the first place, but they dragged on at times. All in all though, this was a very well written memoir.


Colleen Hoover

When it comes to Colleen Hoover, I try not to know too much about the story I’m about to read. I’ll generally have a quick look at the blurb and then dive right in not knowing much else – this is how I recommend you read this story. I love that from the start of page 1 you are literally thrown straight into the story and it’s hard to put down once you get going. This book will make you furious and then full of love. It will warm your heart and then rip it from your chest – in classic Colleen Hoover style. It’s laugh out loud funny and like all of Hoover’s books, tells a unique story that will have you hooked and wanting to finish it in one sitting.


Paulo Coelho

If you’re after a beautiful, inspiring and motivating story, The Alchemist is the perfect book. It tells the story of a boy who is on an arduous journey to find treasure that he’s only ever dreamed of. This book gives hope to those who read it and certainly encourages readers to follow their dreams, but at the same time, not to expect it to come easily. The language is simple and because the story is short, there isn’t a lot of character development, but this doesn’t take away from the key message the story is conveying. If you’re ever feeling lost or unmotivated, this is the book to help get you back on the right path to living the life of your dreams.



Loung Ung

On a recent trip to Laos I picked up a copy of this memoir having spent time in the Tuel Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeng Ek, the most infamous of the killing fields. To say that the experience was horrifying and heart breaking is an understatement. What shocks me most, even to this day, is that this all happened not that long ago. Loung Ung lived through his horrific genocide and tells her story through the eyes of a child. Reading from this perspective makes the whole ordeal all the more heart-wrenching but in the same way, easier to understand; particularly for those who know very little about what went on. First They Killed My Father is a book you’ll find very hard to put down and will stay with you long after you’ve read the final page.



I’ll be reviewing:

  • Girls on Fire: Robin Wasserman
  • Everything Everything: Nicola Yoon
  • Twisted Tales – As Old as Time: Liz Braswell
  • I am the Messenger: Markus Zusak

If you happen to have read or are planning to read one or more of these, please link me if you’ve reviewed them, and I will share your link in my post next month!

As always, would love recommendations!

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26 Comments Add yours

  1. jaimieweb says:

    Thank you for this!

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    1. You’re most welcome! Happy reading 🙂

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  2. 365daysofnew says:

    I love this! I read and reviewed 4 books for my May 30 Day Challenge. It was though for me to get them all done. Amazing you do this every month. All four look pretty good too!

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    1. Thank you so much! I have a 3 1/2 hour commute to and from work each day, so I make use of my time by reading as much as I can. It really is the only time I have to read 🙂


      1. 365daysofnew says:

        Wow! That’s a crazy LONG commute. Great use of time. Other than reading and blogging, I’m not sure what else I do with that much time. 🙂

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      2. It is! Most people think I’m crazy for doing it, but it’s quite common for Sydney-siders. I see a lot of people watching TV series and movies. Listening to podcasts. Knitting and crocheting. It makes time fly. I actually look forward to the train ride home 🙂

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  3. Bellewether says:

    I love the quote by Cassie Clare!

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  4. Hey, I also have a crazy long commute to work and back and spent most of that time reading books. I read Wild this year and enjoyed the memoir a lot. As for The Alchemist, I wasn’t a fan of that book at all! Haha! But to each their own.

    It’s always nice to meet a fellow bookworm. 🙂

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    1. Oh really!? I’ve found looking at reviews that readers either love the Alchemist or strongly dislike it haha. I love meeting fellow bookworms 🙂 If you have any recommendations for books to read, please send them my way!

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      1. For adventure, I would recommend ‘Into The Wild’ by Jon Krakauer. It’s a non-fiction book about a young man who travels to Alaska to live on his own, leaving behind his friends and family. It’s interesting and a little disturbing – but I won’t give you any spoilers, don’t worry! Another book I really enjoyed was Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. This was one of the most beautiful novels I ever read. It’s historical fiction about an island in Hawaii that used to be a Leper colony and has filled me with an powerful urge to see that place for myself. 🙂

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      2. Oh! I watched the movie based on ‘Into the Wild’. I would like to read the book because the movie just shattered me lol. That sounds beautiful! A little different as well which I love. Thank you!! 🙂


  5. I love this! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

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  6. becky_in_china says:

    Wow, what a great challenge! I love reading, but I’m not sure I could do 4 books a month! 😃 I look forward to reading your monthly reviews 😊

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    1. Thanks Becky! My commute to work is both a blessing (I get to read often) and a curse (it’s 3 hours every day) 😉 If you have any recommendations, please share!


  7. Read them all. Great selection and good reviews. I haven’t read any of your upcoming reviews so will look forward to that. Thanks!

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    1. I have a feeling you’ll like next months bundle, Caroline! 🙂

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  8. Thanks for liking my post ‘another book bites the dust’. I would recommend my recently completed and self published novel ‘Padma and the Elephant Sutra’. It’s about an ancient elephant civilisation on the brink of destruction. Set in Ceylon @ 1830’s. It is speculative fiction, with alternative history, sci-fi, Xenofiction and some dragons for good measure. Think Vonnegut, Gaiman, blended with Krishnamurti. Getting early 5 stars in UK. If your interested in taking a peek I can send you a kindle ready PDF.

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    1. Wow! Sounds really interesting 🙂 Thank you so much. You’re more than welcome to email it through to

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  9. Forgot to mention. Here are a couple I recently enjoyed: “I let you go” by Clare Mackintosh and “The tea girl of Hummingbird Lane” by Lisa See. Happy reading!


    1. Thanks Caroline! The Tea Girl of Hummingbord Lane sounds really interesting! They’re both on the TBR list 🙂


  10. I need to start making a note of the books you read to give me inspiration. I’ve just finished “The Cherry Tree Cafe” by Heidi Swain which is an easy read romance and am now half way through “A Time To Kill” by Tom Wood which has been ok so far but I’m intrigued to see how it will end.

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    1. Thank you for the recommendations! I couldn’t find the one for Tom Wood though. Is it “A Time to Die”? 🙂

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