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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 26

Day 26: Your favourite nonfiction book.

So I really suck at this…. The whole ‘posting every day’ thing. Fingers crossed that I’ll actually start doing this challenge properly some time soon!

Anyway… My favourite nonfiction book. I didn’t even have to think about this one.

Night – Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel

I have only read Night once, but the memory of that reading has stayed with me throughout the seven years since. This is such a dramatic and beautiful book. The dramatic is perfectly understanding, but the beautiful way iin which t was written completely took me by surprise. Night is Elie Wiesel’s memoir of his experiences as a fifteen year-old Polish Jew during World War II, specifically his experiences in the Auschwitz III – Monowitz concentration camp.

This book is nothing short of heartbreaking, and 100% revealing. It is used within schools to explore humanity and the absence of it, and I couldn’t think of a better example. Wiesel’s description of life within the concentration camp is brutal, and yet magnificently told. I clearly remember one passage which always sticks out in my mind as being particularly beautiful, and it described the sight of human ashes rises up into the night sky.

I haven’t read Night since 2005. I want to re-read it, and I am terrified of doing so. This is such a strong and powerful memoir, and I just haven’t found the courage to pick it up again. But if you haven’t read it, I strongly suggest that you do.

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Book Review: Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

I’ve recently finished re-reading a book that has been sitting untouched on my shelves for over twelve years. The last time I read Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (first published 1981), I was around ten years old and it had such an impact on me that I couldn’t sleep properly for over a week.

"Goodnight Mister Tom"

Aimed at younger readers, Goodnight Mister Tom focuses on the relationship between nine year old William “Willie” Beech and Tom Oakley, a sixty-something widower living in a small town in the English countryside. It is September 1939 and Willie, along with thousands of other children, has been evacuated from London to the countryside, fleeing from the threat of World War II.

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