Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Recently Read - August 2016

Despite already flipping onto August on my desk calendar, I'm less than halfway through my 2016 reading challenge and that fact has begun to annoy me. I am focused on a few new areas of life at the moment and have also been enjoying social media more than I once did, all of which sucks time away from moments to sit down with a good book. I really need to get back into reading and take advantage of the library stack teetering in my office! These are a few library books I've read recently.
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
Let's be real, I read this because everyone was talking about it! Last year I focused on reading current new releases and this year I'd like to do the same, but taking book popularity into consideration. I know that many people avoid doing that, but I like to be able to have a say on the latest hit so it suits me fine - plus I like having other people choose my books in a way! I quite enjoyed this novel despite it being unlike the books I normally pick up - the ending was neat but didn't bother me all that much, and I liked the shaky feeling I had around so many of the central characters.

The Piano Man Project - Kat French
I adored this novel, and felt like the protagonist was really well written. I wasn't expecting too much from this sort of romantic narrative but French built her characters really well in my opinion, and I found the romance a lot more rough and relatable than other novels I've come across.

The Life Intended - Kristin Harmel
Don't you just love that feeling when you read a book you really connect with? I could have put my judgeypants on with so many aspects of this story, but instead I leapt in with an open mind about it all and really enjoyed the strange and painful life that the main character was living. The only part that bothered me (and this may be a spoiler, but I think the blurb says just as much) is any section with her fiancé, who was so much nothing I couldn't even handle it.The ending was one I anticipated earlier in the book but I didn't know if Harmel would go there...well, she did and I surprisingly didn't mind. Would love to hear from anyone else who has read this one - it's made me order some more books by the author at the library.

What have you been reading lately? How is your reading challenge going, if you are doing one?
-Emma x




  1. I'm doing surprisingly well in my reading challenge this year! I'm putting it down to how many nostalgic (read: short and easy) books I've included, lol.

    1. I think I need to rip into my Sweet Valley High stash then, up my game with my challenge this year!

  2. There's nothing wrong with picking up something because others are talking about it! I like joining in on conversations that way, and usually there's good reason those things are talked about. I had mixed feelings about Girl on Train after reading it but feel more kindly toward it after reading a few more lackluster mysteries. I'm definitely going to watch the movie with Emily Blunt in it, to see how they've adapted and changed things up. How about you?

  3. I loved Girl On The Train. I read it in 2 days. It was odd that I didn't like any of the characters, but I still couldn't put the book down. I can't wait to see the movie later this year!


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