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You know, I really thought that having a baby would mean that I’d never find time to pick up a book again. I ploughed through a ton of books before Jacob arrived, to make up for the fact that I would soon be falling into a literary abyss, but mercifully it hasn’t really been a problem. Excepting the first couple of months, I have probably been able to read almost as much as I used to, which makes me very merry. I still always flick through a few pages before I fall asleep and my absolute favourite kind of multi tasking is reading in the bath. One day I dream of escaping to a little log cabin for a weekend with about twenty books in my suitcase and not re-emerging until I’ve finished them all. That’s my kind of heaven! In the meantime I’ll just snatch moments whenever I can. I really liked the books I read in September – they were real page turners. Why not pick a couple to read in October?
My cousin accidentally left a copy of this at my house and I begged him to let me read it before I returned it to him. I had been seeing it in every bookshop window for months! He agreed as long as I promised not to drop it in the bath (rude!) so I took extra care whilst absolutely devouring this fast paced and addictive novel. I hate scary books so I was pleased that I found this thrilling and intriguing rather than frightening. Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning and whilst gazing out of the window one day she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Suddenly she is dangerously entangled in the lives of people whom she has previously only watched from afar. Danny LOVED this book and for days we were texting back and forth whilst he ploughed through it, trying to solve the mystery. Highly recommended. 5/5
If you’ve read this blog for any length of time then you will know that I am a big fan of Gretchen Rubin, but unfortunately this book fell a bit flat for me. It wasn’t quite as punchy as The Happiness Project or Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, both of which I hugely enjoyed. The book does what it says on the tin – explores how to be happier at home, where we spend so much of our lives. I was fascinated to see what she suggested, especially as a stay at home mum, and there were some really great insights and ideas but it just didn’t feel like there was enough material for some reason. Maybe you would disagree with me! I still think I will read anything that she puts out though, she’s a wonderful quirky writer. I always take away a few new ideas! 3/5
Another cracker! I read this for Book Club. Maud has trouble remembering almost everything and is a classically unreliable narrator, trying to solve a mystery that she keeps on forgetting. No one will listen to her when she tells them that her friend Elizabeth has gone missing. As she sets out to find her friend, the author brilliantly conveys her muddled thought processes and blurring of past and present, culminating in a brilliantly executed finale. Very impressive for a debut novel; I enjoyed this immensely and am looking forward to discussing it at Book Club next week! 4/5
What have you been reading?
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