2012 50 Book Challenge Update #3

I’m a little bit behind in this challenge (9 books behind, according to good reads) but as the weather warms up I’ll hopefully be spending more time outside in the sun catching up on my reading. Since my last update, I’ve finished the following books:

The Enemy by Charlie Higgins – I picked this up purely because the story revolves around a zombie apocalypse, which turned out to be a mistake because I wasn’t that impressed by it. It’s a young adult novel and the characters in the story were just a bit to young for me to relate to.

The Ice Man (confessions of a mafia contract killer) by Philip Carlo – This was the latest choice for the book club that my close girlfriends and I have together, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I’ve never really been a fan of true crime stories but this was rather captivating. If you’re a fan of the Sopranos this book might interest you.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth – This is the second book in the Divergent series (trilogy?) and I enjoyed it just as much as the first. It’s a super easy read, but I found the dystopian storyline really interesting and the female protagonist was only mildly annoying which was a nice change.

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell – I enjoyed this book and managed to get through it in a couple of days and now I’m curious to watch the film adaptation. It’s quite bleak, so if you’re in the mood for something depressing maybe check this out.

Post-Mortem by Patricia Cornwell – I was in the mood for a quick and easy read when I picked this out of the 3000 books on my kindle. I don’t normally read books like this but I liked it and I think I’ll be reading more from Patricia Cornwell in the future.

Four Past Midnight by Stephen King – I’ve never been a huge fan of short story collections and this was no exception. As with all of the Stephen King books I’ve read in the past, each story ended with a great big WTF and not in a good way.

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer – I picked up this book with no real expectations as to what it would be like, and I have to say it surprised me. This was one of those books that sits with you for a little while after you read it, and so much so for me that I watched the film adaptation a day after finishing the book because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. A very interesting (true) story.

Jaws by Peter Benchley – I liked this book but it deviated from the plot of the film quite a bit which I wasn’t expecting it to do. A fun read but not something I’d suggest picking up if you’re planning on going to the beach any time soon.

14 Thoughts on “2012 50 Book Challenge Update #3

  1. I really love seeing what everybody else is reading. I haven’t read any of these books but I’m quite keen to read Winter’s Bone and Into The Wild (I remember being obsessed with that movie and Emile Hirsch when it first came out)
    Good luck with your book challenge – I’m sure you will have no problem catching up!

  2. I really enjoyed We Need To Talk About Kevin that I won in your giveaway! I have since read that author’s (Lionel Shriver) book So Much For That… it was great too.

  3. I have seen Winter’s Bone, but not read the book. The film is great though, although after seeing the film I’m not sure I want to read the book – it seemed quite dark.

  4. I do have a slightly unhealthy addiction to reading crime fiction – but can highly recommend Patricia Cornwell! She’d have to be one of my fave crime fiction writers!

  5. I want to be back into books! I miss it! Yet I haven’t found the next book to get lost in yet..

  6. Must run in my family – parents, sister and brother all love crime fiction! I have to deliberately tear myself away to read something different (lame, right?!) – but I just love how gripping they are! Happy to give suggestions if you need them 🙂

  7. Gah, I HATED Into The Wild.
    Mostly because the protagonist annoyed me, and I could only finish it because I knew he *spoiler* died at the end.

    I love Winter’s Bone, make sure you see the film, as I think Jennifer Lawrence does the best job.

    • LOL I actually had no idea that he died in the end because I read it on my Kindle and didn’t read the blurb before hand. But then I was sad when I watched the movie and he died because Emile Hirsch is a supremo babe.

  8. I’ve heard of Both Winter’s Bone and Into the Wild but never read either of them. I think I’ll be add that to my list of books “to read”. Love seeing what others have read and what they thought of it. 🙂

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