Monday, 18 June 2012

Recommend A... Book That Made You Emotional

'Recommend A... ' is the awesome new feature thought up by the amazing Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit. Each week there will be a different, creative prompt for us to recommend books that we sometimes maybe forget how much we love, giving us the chance to share book recommendations of books that might not get recommended as much as they deserve.

Title: Between Shades Of Gray
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously--and at great risk--documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.
(Goodreads summary)

Such a sad and haunting book, yet beautifully written, Between Shades Of Grey really captured me and touched my heart. On the blurb of the copy I read, it said something like: "Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That day, my brother's was worth a pocket watch." I mean, you can just tell from that that it's going to be a book that will make you cry, can't you? And it really did. Make me cry, that is. But it was such as beautiful book at the same time. Read it. ;)


  1. Hi Catherine! I've been wanting to read this one for ages now, and after seeing this post I just want to read it even more! Isn't the front cover beautiful?

    Jessica :) xxx

  2. That looks like a really beautiful book! Thank you for sharing :)


  3. I really want to read this now. Even though it looks really sad, it looks like a really good read. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! :D

  4. Ooh man I have had this one on my shelf for awhile and THEN this year at BEA I MET Ruta so I really need to read it, even though I'm scared of the emotion! My friend Tara LOVES this book.

    Thanks for participating!

  5. Yes, I've started this one, but never finished. It was totally heart-wrenching. I was wondering if anyone would pick this and it took me until the last link to find it.

  6. That story's interesting...i've heard about this book but haven't picked it's kinda hard for me to recommend a book that made me emotional cause a lot of the ones i've read made me emotional in one way or the other.

    I'd have to say Nevermore (i'm soooo obsessed with this one), i got really into the character and the love they feel for each other. It was just so believable.

  7. I've actually had this one on my TBR list for ages!!! Sounds really good!

  8. I think this is just what I need to read right now, it sounds perfect. And you've made me want to read it even more with your words at the end. Thank you for introducing me, Catherine!


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