Thursday, May 28, 2015

What I've Been Reading in April

After the A Beautiful Mess Book Club decided to take a break after reading All The Light We Cannot See by Antony Doerr (see my post about it here), I was a bit at a loss for what to read next. I was really enjoying the process of just picking up each month's book club selection without overthinking about what to read next and discovering something new. But having this book club break did give me the opportunity to read some of the books that I'd acquired and just hadn't gotten around to reading.  


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn/ I had actually convinced my husband to read this book just before the movie came out, and when I was struggling to find something to read on my own he recommended this book to me. I thought parts of this book seemed a little too far fetched, but I enjoyed reading it none-the-less.


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins/ This book was recommended to me through Amazon and Goodreads so my husband and I decided to listen to this book together on Audioble and WE LOVED IT! This thriller is about a woman who always looks out for her favorite couple (whom she has never met) on their back patio that she passes by each day as she commutes to work on the train. But when she sees something shocking during her daily commute the woman has an opportunity to become apart of the lives of the people she's watched from afar.



The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion/ I'd frequently seen this book at some of the major bookstores, so I scooped it up when I found it on the free-to-take shelves at the library. This was a fun read! It's about a geneticist who is approaching middle age but hasn't had a second date, so he comes up with a scientific test, called The Wife Project, to find his perfect mate. The lead character could easily be compared to Sheldon Cooper of tv's Big Bang Theory.


Next I decided to conquer my Roald Dahl box set that I purchased shortly before moving to England:

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl/ What does Roald Dahl have against grandmas!?
Matilda by Roald Dahl/ I had a nightmare about the Trunchbull after reading this book.
The Twits by Roald Dahl/ Fun read!
The BFG by Roald Dahl/ This was my favorite book of the bunch!
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl/ I was surprised how short the book was compared to the film, but I loved it none the less.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl/ I imagined it as a cross between the 1971 and 2005 film versions.
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl/ This was the odd book of the bunch. It's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in space with political undertones.

My overall take-aways: Roald Dahl must not have been a fan of TV; people that are proud, greedy, lazy, violent, or mean for no reason; and was wary of most adults.


Locke & Key by Joe Hill/ When visiting my local comic book store, one of the workers recommended I check out the series after noticing my interest in the True Blood series. The books are written by Stephen King's son and follow the Locke family who have recently relocated to a New England Mansion that has special doors that transform those that walk through them. It's a dark, scary fantasy that's hard to put down.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What are you reading now? Let me know in the comments below.

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