Growing up, I was always an avid reader. I spent way more time inside reading a book for hours than playing outside. At some point as a teenager, I stopped reading for fun. It took me a good year out of school, after the tons of books I had to forcibly read in high school and college, to starting reading for pleasure again. But I’m back! And it feels good!
I’ve decided to do the Semi-Charmed Winter 2015 Book Challenge and I’m super excited about it! This is my first book challenge and it’s a great way for me to find books that I maybe wouldn’t usually pick up because, as you can see below, I tend to gravitate towards thrillers. I haven’t figured out what I’m going to read for all of the categories yet so if anyone has a suggestion of two books with the same title by different authors please let me know! I’m stumped on that one!
Now, on to some books I’ve read recently.
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I knew I had to read this because almost everybody was talking about it online and it was for good reason. I literally devoured this book, pretty much from the first page on I was dying to know what came next. This book was narrated by the perspectives of three different women and I’m a huge fan of reading a story from different angles. I couldn’t exactly relate to any of them (and I absolutely hated one of them) but for the most part I could empathize with their struggles. Towards the end, I did somewhat figure out the mystery but even after that point I couldn’t put it down because there was more I needed to know. This was wonderfully written and I felt like I really knew the characters, I even felt betrayed by one. My only disappointment was in the ending when I felt the readers deserved a little more.
The Dinner by Herman Koch
My Rating: 1 out 5 stars
I picked this up because of the reviews on the book. Gillian Flynn called it “Chilling, Nasty, Smart, Shocking and Unputdownable”and the Wall Street Journal called it “A European Gone Girl”. After I saw this on the covers, I thought it would be perfect for me but I hated it! Paul, the narrator, was such a negative and terrible person. I also was not a fan of the writing style, there are certain details intentionally left out that are the only things that frustrated me. If I may have known them I could possibly relate to the characters because as it was, the characters and the dialogue seemed so unrealistic. I say skip this one!
Six Years by Harlan Coben
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This is one that I borrowed from my Mom’s bookshelves. It took me forever to get in to it, the beginning chapters were a little slow. Once I was further into the story, it was much more of a page turner. I was definitely interested to see how it all turned out but I think it was a mystery with a few too many details, some of them not believable. In the end, it was just kind of of forgettable…well written with an out of the box story line but not a must read.
You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I must confess this is not exactly a “recent” read. I read this earlier in the year, before I was blogging, but it’s one of my favorite mystery/thriller books that I’ve ever read so I have to recommend it. I couldn’t put it down from page one, it kept me guessing and I felt that I got closure at the end which doesn’t always happen. This is a must read, especially if your a fan of Gone Girl or The Girl On The Train!
I think I need a break from all the thrillers, so I have some love stories on my radar. I’m reading The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan now. What books do you recommend?
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