'We Were The Lucky Ones' Belongs On Your Top 10 Books To Read This Summer

'We Were The Lucky Ones' Belongs On Your Top 10 Books To Read This Summer

Based around the true story of the Kurc family before, during, and after the Holocaust tore them apart. A story filled with power, destruction, and mostly love.

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World War II we know was brutal based on the history books we may read in school or from our Grandparents stories of this time. And every time we read something new about the cruelty of this war we are brought back into this place of solemnity and powerlessness. We read stories from the survivors of the labor and death camps, soldiers in this war, the leadership and power on all ends of this time. It's brutal really but it's something that we must remember today. We can't forget the past we must learn from it.

Georgia Hunter's book 'We Were The Lucky Ones" is based on the true stories that she heard and researched about her own family. Her grandpa was a Jew who actually was in France when Poland was overtaken by Hitler and his hometown turned into a bloody and depressing place where his family was forced from their homes and into the ghetto and ultimately separated for nearly 8 years.

This meant years without being able to contact one another and let each other know they were alive; years of having to just assume their siblings and in Mila's case (one of the sisters we read in the book) to assume her husband had died in the war just so she could keep going and fighting for her and her infant child's life.

Georgia Hunter's work is one of the best you will read about what is was like for Jews before, during, and after the war was finished.

Between chapters which are titled by the name of the sibling she focused the chapter on, Georgia adds bits of facts about where the war was at at the time of this character's journey. She was able to connect all these siblings and parents stories together beautifully through the date at which the characters experienced each event.

And the characters are truly based on people in her family; her Great-Grandparents, her Grandma and Grandpa, her Great-Aunts and Great-Uncles, cousins are all part of it. This book wasn't written just so people would buy her work, it was written because she had it on her heart to write down these stories and events her family was sharing. She knew she needed to keep these stories alive even after her loved ones are gone.

"We Were the Lucky Ones" is a beautiful story dedicated to a family who through the hardest and most inhumane of the human existence, stayed true to one another and fought to survive and return to one another, no matter what. Packed with actions, destruction, love, and above all hope, "We Were the Lucky Ones" is a must read!

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16 Rupi Kaur Poems Everyone Should Read

An experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity
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Rupi Kaur is a Canadian poet, writer, illustrator and performer. She is widely known for her first published book, Milk & Honey, a collection of eloquently written poems and drawings. Kaur has also just announced that she will be releasing a new book called The Sun And Her Flowers in October of 2017.

Words and ideas can change the world, and poetry like this holds so much meaning. I hope you get something out of them too.

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There's is so much more to you than being pretty

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First be full on your own

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Never forget this

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No matter how dark the night gets the sun will still rise, so will you

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I am so sorry people do not understand

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Choose love, always

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Celebrate your friends, your family, your neighbors, each other

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Choose kindness, even when they don't deserve it, especially then

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People are their actions, remember that

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The most important thing is being comfortable with yourself

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Do not ever compromise who you are

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You are your home

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Never let anyone belittle you

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Do, be, and make what you love

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Rest in peace

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You are strong, you are gold
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10 Books For When Reading Harry Potter For The 20th Time Just Doesn't Cut It Anymore

If you're interested in adding lesser-known novels to your collection, keep reading.

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If you're a book lover like me, then one of your biggest dilemmas is probably finding new things to read. You crave new pieces of literature, but you don't want to get roped into reading the same novels that are on everyone else's lists.

If you're interested in adding lesser-known novels to your collection, keep reading.

1. "The Lonely Hearts Hotel" by Heather O’Neill

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This book takes place in the heart of Montreal during the mid-20th century. Two orphans meet in a children's home run by the church. Both spend their days dreaming of better lives and the people they wish to become.

The novel follows their journey as they grow up, pursue their dreams, fall in love and cope with childhood traumas. It's the perfect mix of romance, angst, action and drama.

2. "Midwinterblood" by Marcus Sedgwick

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Have you ever felt like you've lived another life before?

Maybe you're convinced you sailed upon the Titanic, or maybe you were among the intellectuals who built the Pyramids. Perhaps you've visited somewhere that felt oddly familiar, even though you'd never been there before.

"Midwinterblood" follows Eric and Merle. The two loved and lost each other, and they've been searching through time for one another ever since. The novel is made up of seven stories told throughout history, from the days of the Vikings to the year 2073.

This one's for hopeless romantics and sci-fi geeks alike.

3. "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness

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"A Monster Calls" is a quicker read, but it's definitely one of the best on this list.

It tells the story of a young boy coping with his mother's terminal illness, all while being visited by a monster every night. The boy's tale is spooky, mysterious and moving.

If you're looking for a book that will make you laugh and cry all in the same chapter, pick this one up.

4. "Nine Stories" by J.D. Salinger

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For those who read "The Catcher in the Rye" back in the ninth grade and still think about it, this is for you. "Nine Stories" is a collection of short tales by J.D. Salinger, each one more interesting, haunting and riveting than the last.

5. "Vegan Comfort Classics" by Lauren Toyota

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OK, so this isn't your typical bedside novel. (But who am I to say, right?) It is, however, worth the read.

"Vegan Comfort Classics" is a cookbook full of unique, fun and amazing vegan dishes that'll make you never want to eat out again!

6. "Half Bad" by Sally Green

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This book is probably one of the most difficult ones to explain, but it essentially follows the life of a 16-year-old boy named Nathan. He lives in a modern-day version of England. Seems pretty harmless, right? Wrong.

Nathan's world consists of two factions of witches that live among the humans. And he's also the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying and violent witch.

I can't say much more without spoiling the novel. You'll just have to read it for yourself to see what happens.

7. "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas

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Powerful and real, "The Hate U Give" discusses serious issues but throws in touches of humor to keep you grounded.

I'm only about halfway through this one, so I can't put it all into words just yet. However, I know that this book will go down as one of my favorite reads of all time.

8. "My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now" by Peter Mayle

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In this book, Peter Mayle tells stories and reflects on the past 25 years he spent living in the south of France. Beautiful and inviting, this is the kind of novel that makes you want to pack all your things, move to France and start your life over there.

From culinary delights to becoming a better person, Mayle's story is one that will stay with you forever.

9. "Diary of an Oxygen Thief" by Anonymous

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Imagine a world where Holden Caulfield is an alcoholic and Lolita is a photographer's assistant. By some test of fate, they meet in the big city. He is madly in love, and she is mad with ambition.

I can't say more without spoiling anything, so I'll just leave you with the link.

10. "When Life Gives You Lululemons" by Lauren Weisberger

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This sequel to "The Devil Wears Prada" is hilarious and unique. All of my fellow shopaholics and fashion lovers must read it.

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