It’s time to move another letter down the alphabet for The ABC Book Challenge!
Every couple of weeks I’ll be sharing at least one memorable book with a title beginning with the letter of the week, and one (or more) books currently on my TBR.
I’ll be ignoring any As etc at the beginning of titles
The ABC Book Challenge – D
A Memorable Book…
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.
In 1942, with the Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, the Franks and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and surprisingly humorous, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.
I have a really vivid memory of watching an interview with Anne Frank’s father on Blue Peter when I was young and then I bought the diary using a book token I won on as a school prize. This is such a moving book and I really think everyone should read it, it really puts a human face on the war, and I think that’s even more important as the generation that experienced it first hand are passing.
A Book On My TBR…
The Dark Vault by V. E. Schwab
The two novels from The Archived Series appearing together for the first time.
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Mackenzie Bishop’s grandfather first brought her here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now her grandfather is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
A good friend this and only had positive things to say. I’m still to read a book by Victoria so I’m looking forward to sitting down with these! I’m going to have to set aside some time to read it and it’s a wedge of a book!
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
Co-written by sisters Maika and Maritza Moulite, and told in epistolary style through letters, articles, emails, and diary entries, this exceptional debut novel captures a sparkling new voice and irrepressible heroine in a celebration of storytelling sure to thrill fans of Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi and Jenna Evans Welch!
I read an extract in the most recent edition of YA Buzz Books. I’m planning a post on it so I won’t say too much more right now, but keep an eye out next month for more on this great sounding book
One memorable and two to be read D books! Let me know yours in the comments and be sure to come back on the 11th July to discover my E books!