Some people say never judge a book by it's cover, but I always do and it hardly ever steers me wrong.
I have one rule when browsing for books. If it catches me eye twice, I buy it. It's a moment of serendipity I won't ignore.
In 2020 I picked up these five books because of that rule.
The Stationary Shop of Tehran by Merjan Kamali. Two young lovers meet in the midst of upheaval in 1950's Iraq. A mix-up with a letter the day before they are to marry means they'll spend the rest of their lives apart. Until a chance encounter, five decades later gives them a chance to answer long ago questions.
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardeine Evaristo. I picked this one up in an airport bookshop because the cover was bright yellow and I never ignore a good cover. The stories were even more captivating and I could not put it down.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow. This one is about doors and other worlds and transports you into the story before you even know what is happening.
The Lost Flowers Of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland. A book about the healing language of Australian Native Flowers and having the courage to tell your story
The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle By Sophie Green. Another Australian author and a book about four unlikely women who find friendship through the healing power of the ocean.
I can't help but feel there is something special about all five of these books. I find my mind wandering back to them, unable to let them go.
All this to say, judge books by covers & don't ignore that moment of serendipity when a book calls your name.
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