If you read my first Bookish post you will know that after a one or two year reading slump, I am rediscovering my love for reading. So far this year I have read 14 books. To keep track of these, I have created a ‘Books’ page where I will list the title and author if you are interested in seeing which books they are.
I started the year off on a reading ‘high’ and as the holidays draw to a close I have to say I didn’t get through all the books I had hoped to. Funnily enough, I can partly attribute this to one book I thought was so incredibly well-written that it put me off anything else for about a couple of weeks! See if you can guess which book it was by clicking here. Conveniently, my stack of library books were due at the end of this month and have all been returned now.
Before we get into the books, I just want to say that I hope you have a fantastic leap day tomorrow. Use those extra 24 hours to do something that makes you happy!
This novel was meant to be featured in my first Bookish post because I read it early on in the summer. For some reason it got excluded, which it definitely did not deserve to be. I can’t remember how I came across this book nor have I seen much of it online but oh my goodness this was definitely one of my favorite reads last year. It’s about a lawyer trying to understand the circumstances surrounding her teenage daughter’s untimely death/ supposed suicide. Despite the likely targeted audience of adults, the chapters alternate between mum (in real time) and daughter (in the lead up to her death) which readers of all ages are sure to find fascinating. McCreight, who drew on her own experiences as a lawyer, did a really good job with her characters, especially the female protagonists who were really genuine. There was not one character that didn’t have something to add to the story, and what a story it was. I loved the pacing and discovering who Amelia was as a person before she became defined by the way she died. I highly recommend this one!
If I had to sum up my experience reading this book in one word, it would be: nausea. The setting was nauseating, the characters were nauseating, the slang was nauseating, you get the drift. This is actually a compliment to the author – I think that’s how she intended the reader to feel. Let me know if you have read this one because I am interested in hearing if you agree with me. Only Ever Yours is pretty much The Bachelor TV franchise but on a worldwide scale, and with adolescents instead of adults. Girls as young as four start at a school to compete with other girls in their physical attractiveness. They are groomed to become ‘companions’, but ultimately this is determined by the superior male gender come graduation. Although I still have a few questions about this book, I particularly appreciate the realistic way O’Neill ended it. It was true of the unfair, unethical, sexist society. I look forward to reading her other works and seeing how she approaches different societal issues.
You’ve probably come across this book if you haven’t already read it. The premise of the book, being that it focuses on the ‘ordinary’ as opposed to the ‘extraordinary’, rather interested me. However as hype surrounding the novel grew, I realised that The Rest Of Us Just Live Here wasn’t actually doing anything different by using ordinary characters against an ensemble of extraordinary characters because it just gave the former group their point of difference over the latter. It has now been five hours since I finished this book and I am pleased to say that it actually achieved a good balance between the two different groups – definitely not what I was expecting! It’s less of a ‘us vs them’ story and more of a ‘us against the backdrop of them’ story. I liked this one.
The Girl on the Train is hitting movie screens this year, likely following the success of the Gone Girl film adaption. If you are a fan of Gone Girl or Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window then you will like this one. It’s a British mystery with suburban characters who are all linked to each other in more ways than they would like to admit. My mum is reading this one at the moment and is enjoying it despite the writing feeling a little ‘plain’ to her. The ending wasn’t a huge shock to me (part of the fun is seeing your deduction come true though!) but the journey it took to get there was equal parts frustrating and exciting – just as it should be.
A lesser know mystery novel by a Swedish writer, The Asylum is worth checking out if you are into psychological crime reads. The majority of the novel takes place at a kindergarten for the children of people who are residents at the local asylum. It follows a male worker who has a fascination with one particular resident and a past he is struggling leave behind…
What was your favorite read of the month?