As a lover of history and all books that come under the historical (non-)fiction umbrella, this book by John Hersey really caught my eye when I spotted it in the Amazon Kindle Store the other day. Having watched a fair few documentaries that cover the atomic bombs that devastated Japan and its people during WW2, I’m excited to delve deeper and read the reports from six citizens who managed to survive the attacks against abysmal odds.

My love of the Spanish language and culture always draws me back to Spanish literature, and Stonehill’s novel set in 1920’s Granada certainly isn’t an exception. Having studied the Spanish Civil war a tremendous amount, which becomes a major theme in the protagonist’s story, I’m excited to take a look at the period from a literary rather than political stance.

As a Hong Kong girl through and through, anytime I come across anything to do with my hometown I practically squeal with excitement. This book, a bestseller by Hong Kong-raised Siobhan Daiko, takes a look at Hong Kong and Macau from 1941-1949, before, during, and after the Japanese occupation of the Second World War. Despite completing practically all of my primary and secondary education in HK, I never really covered the World War history period there, the teachers preferring to teach the better known events in Europe and America. Therefore, I’m very excited to sink my teeth into this number and learn more of the history of where I grew up.

As an Amazon Prime member, I get an email at the beginning of every month with the choice to pick one free from a collection of six early release books. As soon as I read the blurb of ‘The Last Girl’ by Joe Hart it reminded me of a fantastic book I read at school - The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Although not quite the same as Atwood’s tale, Hart’s novel focuses on a dystopian alternate reality in which a deadly virus has reduced the female birth rate from 50% to less than 1%. As a result, female babies are tracked down and taken to a heavily guarded facility to protect them until at age 21, they are inducted into a program from which no one has ever returned...

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