50 Book Challenge (part 4)

I feel like my love of reading has returned, and it’s wonderful. It’s entirely possible that starting up my book blog helped with the return of reading motivation, but who knows. I’m just glad this feeling is back and I hope it’s here to stay! Here’s what I’ve been reading lately:

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Scholl – 9/10 – This is my favourite book of the year so far. Actually, I’d say it’s probably tied with The Kind Worth Killing (see below) for that coveted number one spot, so needless to say it’s been a good few months of reading for me. I loved this, and it was an unusual love for me because I disliked all of the characters. I guess that’s a true testament to good writing. Go into this book knowing very little about it. Read it ASAP.

Never Never by Colleen Hoover 7/10 – This is part one in a trilogy (which, for once, I knew going into the book), and it was good enough for me to want to read the next two books. If you know anything about me, you’ll know that means a lot because I very rarely read more than one book in a series. This book was part mystery, part thriller, part romance (ugh), and it ended on a really great cliffhanger. I can’t wait to get stuck into book two.

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight 6/10 – This was a decent thriller, but unfortunately I picked it up between reading Luckiest Girl Alive and The Kind Worth Killing, and it had too much to live up to. It was still enjoyable though, and worth picking up for an easy rainy weekend read.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson 9/10 – As I mentioned earlier in the post, this is tied for first position for best book I’ve read in 2015 so far. I’m going to be annoying and say that this is another book that you need to go into knowing very little about. If you’re not afraid of something a little bit twisted, check this out. I’ve already reserved Peter Swanson’s first book at the library and I can’t wait to read it.

Survive The Night by Danielle Vega 3/10 – This book had so much potential, and I was really enjoying it until it got ridiculous about halfway through. Such a shame.

50 Book Challenge (part 3)

I am way behind on my 50 Book Challenge for the year. This happens nearly every year, where I hit a bit of a road bump with one particular book and lost my mojo for reading altogether. I’m making a conscious effort to read more as of this week, and can hopefully get my total back up to speed ASAP! I have a week off at the end of July, and my long service leave at the end of the year coming up and I’m planning on getting a lot of reading done then! In the meantime, here’s what I’ve read lately –

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray 6/10 – I was after a bit of lightheated fun when I picked this book up, which is exactly what I got. I saw the cover of this book pop up on goodreads a couple of years ago and found it quite intriguing. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but we all do it. Let’s admit it. This was a bit of a silly book, but had a good heart at the base of it all. If you’re a fan of reality tv (like me), then you’ll probably get a kick out of this.

The Visitors by Simon Sylvester 7/10 – This was one of those books that I get stuck halfway through and it took me ages to finally pick it up and finish it off. The story had a paranormal twist to it, and I had no idea it was going to go in that direction. To be honest, if I’d known this was a paranormal book I probably wouldn’t have picked it up in the first place. One thing I did really like about it was the setting. A cold and blustery Scottish island is exactly where I wanted to be transported to when I was curled up in bed reading this on a winter’s night. I’m glad I made the effort to pick it up and finish it off, because I ended up enjoying it in the end.

This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers 4/10 – I added this book to my to-read list back at the height of my zombie obsession, which has apparently fizzled out. This book was alright I guess, nothing too exciting and nothing good enough to push me to read the follow up books in the series. I didn’t feel anything for any of the characters, which makes it difficult to care in a life or death situation. I think this book was written very much knowing it would be the first in a series, because there is a lot of build up and very little pay off.

Seed by Lisa Heathfield 8/10 – I was really excited to read this, because it seemed so different from all other YA books I’d read in the past. The story revolves around a group of people living together in a “community” (read: cult), run by Papa S. When outsiders infiltrate the group, things fall to pieces. This was a quick and easy read, and one that I was happy to pick up and not quick to put down.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver 6/10 – This was one of the books I featured in my ‘5 YA Books I Want To Read’ post, and I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. I picked the ‘twist’ about halfway through but I won’t say too much about it, as this is a book that’s better off reading without knowing too much about the story.

5 YA Books I Want To Read

I’m currently 4 books behind in my 50 Book Challenge, and it’s time to bring out the big guns. Young Adult books are great to kick-start reading momentum. They’re usually easy reads that I can progress through quickly, and always help me get back into a reading rhythm. I’ve picked out a selection of five books I’m currently dying to read, and hopefully I’ll get around to reading them soon. I tend to read YA books on my kindle, as they’re rarely books that I want to keep or re-read again in the future. Which makes it even easier for me to read them faster than usual because I can access my Kindle books wherever I happen to be, thanks to my iPhone. Ahh, technology. I’d love to know, what’s the best YA book you’ve ever read?

2015 Reading List

My collection of books to read has gotten to the point where everything is overflowing and I’ve had to stack a big pile of them next to the bookcase, because there is no room left inside. I really need to get on top of this, and stop adding books to my to-read pile while so many others sit there untouched. Today I’m going to share with you 20 of the books I’m planning to knock off of my to-read pile in 2015.

I actually own ALL of those books, but I just haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. What a shame! If you have any suggestions as to which books I should pick up first, please let me know in the comments below.

50 Book Challenge (part 2)

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (10/10) – As soon as I finished reading this book I ordered two more books by the author, and after I finished reading Big Little Lies (see below), Liane Moriarty officially cemented her status as one of my favourite authors. This book had been sitting on my shelf gathering dust, purely because I had read one not-so-favourable review on Goodreads. I then saw two rave reviews from people who’s opinion I hold in high regard, and decided to pick it up. I’m so glad I did, because I loved this book.

The Martian by Andy Weir (5/10) – I saw this pop up on a friend’s Goodreads list earlier in the year and was instantly captivated by the cover art. I listened to this in audiobook format on my Audible app on my phone, and it really helped bring the story to life. As soon as I finished the book I told Sebastian that I thought it would make for a great movie. Guess what? Someone agreed with me.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins (7/10) – This book was popping up all over the place, and the blurb was enough to intrigue me so I decided to pick it up. This was an easy read, and a decent mystery that had me captivated from the get go. It’s getting compared a lot to Gone Girl, but I feel like this book had a whole different vibe. But still, intriguing in it’s own right. Worth picking up if you’re in the mood for a page-turning mystery.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (10/10) – I liked this book more than I liked The Husband’s Secret, although they’re both brilliant in their own way. Liane Moriarty has a way of twisting a story over and over again, but bringing it all together in the end so that it makes perfect sense. This book went down a totally different path than I expected to, and it was wonderful. Read this book.

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (6/10) – This was another book that I saw popping up all over the place (and one who’s cover art was enough to pique my interest), and this line from the blurb made it a must-read for me: “I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she works. I don’t know the colour of her eyes or what they look like when shes scared. But I will.” This book was nothing like what I expected it to be, but I enjoyed it all the same. I suggested it as the March/April bookclub read, and I’m looking forward to discussing it with my girlfriends at our next meeting.