Friday Finds | 5th – 12th May


A couple of non-fic reads found this week, plus a new novel from Paul Pen, author of The Light of the Fireflies, which I loved!

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust 
by Immaculée Ilibagiza, Steve Erwin

Synopsis: Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.

Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them.

It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love—a love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family’s killers.

I found this book thanks to Maddie @ Well Read Twenty Something. She and I both seem to share a need for more books & awareness about The Rwandan Genocide, so when Maddie told me about this book, I knew I had to read it. It talks of finding faith and religion, which is totally not my thing, but reading reviews, I’ve seen lots of other people saying that the religious aspect (even if you’re not religious yourself) is heart-warming and inspirational, not I’m-going-to-push-my-beliefs-down-your-throat.


Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
by Piers Paul Read

Synopsis: On October 12, 1972, a plane carrying a team of young rugby players crashed into the remote, snow-peaked Andes. Out of the forty-five original passengers and crew, only sixteen made it off the mountain alive. For ten excruciating weeks they suffered deprivations beyond imagining, confronting nature head-on at its most furious and inhospitable. And to survive, they were forced to do what would have once been unthinkable…
This is their story – one of the most astonishing true adventures of the twentieth century.

This is another book I’ve come across thanks to a fellow blogger. Chaotic Everything pointed me in the direction of this book, after calling it her favourite non-fiction read! I’ve not educated myself much on this world famous story so it’ll be interesting to read about!


91f47keC4-LDesert Flowers by Paul Pen, Simon Bruni (translator)

Synopsis: Rose and Elmer have created an idyllic sanctuary for themselves and their five daughters in Mexico’s Baja California desert. Out there in the middle of nowhere, blissfully cut off from the burdens of modern society, they’re free to raise their beautiful family…and preserve its secret.

And they’re never giving it up.

Then a young hiker named Rick comes looking for a place to stay. It’s just for the night, he says—but long enough for Rose and Elmer to fear they’ve made a horrible mistake. As the stranger grows more intrusive and more suspicious, the couple know they must do what they can to protect themselves. What they don’t know is that Rick has a secret, too. Soon, home and family will prove to be as cold and dark as the desert nights. And even with so many places to run, there’s still no escape from the past that binds them.

I really like Paul Pen’s novel The Light of the Fireflies, so when Amazon notified me that he had another book out, I immediately added it to my TBR! This book sounds right up my street! It seems Pen has a knack for writing about people imprisoned in homes.


The Well
by Jack Cady

Synopsis: Years earlier, John Tracker fled the insanity of his family and their house, a centuries-old monstrosity that his grandfather Theophilus rigged full of hallucinatory tricks and vicious death traps designed to capture the Devil. Now middle-aged, John receives word that the place is to be demolished to make way for a freeway, and he decides to revisit it with his girlfriend Amy Griffith before its destruction. But when a blizzard traps them inside the house, they will be forced to contend with the dangers hidden within: strange time-shifts, murderous traps, and something evil that stalks the halls in the form of John’s grandmother Vera. As the terror mounts, John and Amy will make the horrifying discovery that Theophilus’s mad ambition to trap the Devil may have worked only too well…

A new horror book for my collection! This is actually an old book, but it seems like it’s being republished. Cady has got barely any reviews on his books on Goodreads, so I like it when I find little known authors like this! It sounds creepy as hell – old houses, crazy old people and the devil… awesome!

Those are the 4 most interesting sounding books that I’ve added to my TBR this week, what are you thoughts?

Have you heard of any of these, or even read any? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!

16 Replies to “Friday Finds | 5th – 12th May”

  1. 😊 there is a big religious aspect to the book, but it’s definitely not a “you have to be religious or else” book, it’s more her experience of finding strength to survive! Thanks for sharing her story!

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  2. The Alive book…. I don’t think I will ever get to read it. I remmeber not being able to fully watch the movie, and have read about it and is just so hard and heart breaking!! In fact a friend of mine knows one of the suvivors and…. nope, no can do!


    1. Sorry, this went into my spam, so I’ve only just seen it! Oh wow, that’s pretty cool they know a survivor. What they went through is beyond imagination really, I can’t imagine how anyone could come out of it the same person as they went in. I’m really intrigued by it but I can imagine it will be a difficult read!

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  3. Oh, I have such a love/hate relationship with your blog, lol. I *love* the titles you introduce me too, but I hate the anguish of knowing I can’t read every single one. 😦 This time, I’ll be adding Left to Tell and Desert Flowers. Alive was very popular back when I was in school. I’m glad that people are still reading it.

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