September Reading List

Hi all,

I’ve decided to try something new: share my reading list every month. I find that when I’m in school it becomes difficult to consistently read and next thing I know, I haven’t picked up a novel in months. Reading helps me de-stress and when I read right before bed, it helps me fall asleep faster. So to hold me accountable and purposely make time for myself, I wanted to share the books I plan to read this month. Feel free to join me in my readings, we could even discuss the books after we read them!

  1. Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brownwatch me disappear
  2. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriartytruly madly deeply

Do you have any other suggestions for me?

Have a great week!

Marilyn

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The Couple Next Door: My Thoughts/Review

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Hi all,

I just finished reading The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena and I thought I’d share a mini review/my thoughts about the novel!

The book is about a couple who are struck by a mysterious tragedy one night while they are at a dinner party next door. The novel explores every aspect surrounding the tragedy and explains how the mystery gets solved.

The characters are so believable, I immediately got attached to them and felt like I was in their head when reading from their point of view. The story really captivated me right from the beginning, since the main event happens in the first chapter, which is only a few pages long. I was immediately intrigued and didn’t want to put it down. It seems like in almost every chapter, we uncover surprising details that can’t make us stop reading there; we have to continue onto the next chapter.

The ending surprised me, I was not expecting it at all! I don’t think I have ever been this shocked at the way a book ended. It’s definitely a tie between this and Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I still can’t believe it… what?! I’m not sure how it would play out if she were to write a sequel, as in if she’d have enough to write about, but I really feel like I have questions that need to be answered.

When I started reading it, I was immediately reminded of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins because of a few similarities. One of these being the alcohol theme. The main tragedy or event happens when the main characters (Marco and Anne) are under the influence of alcohol, such as Rachel was the night Megan disappeared in The Girl on the Train. There’s also the fact that Anne worked in an art gallery, just like Megan did.

I love that it’s so easy to read, the pages aren’t too long, so I was able to fly through the book. If you’ve got a few hours on your hands, I’m sure it can be read in one sitting. All in all, I highly recommend it, especially if you liked The Girl on the Train. It gets sort of creepy at times, I had trouble reading it at night! I really loved it though and I’m urging you to go pick it up!

I hope that you enjoyed this review/my thoughts!

What are some books that I should read next? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love some suggestions!

Marilyn

Book Wishlist

Hi all,

Here’s another one of this year’s Christmas gift guides! I’m a huge reader and wanted to share the books that made it onto my book wish list this year. As you’ll see, there’s a mix of teen & adult fiction.

*I haven’t read these books yet so I don’t know if these are good or not; I just want to give them a read!

  1. The Fever Code by James Dashner15322519_10206136947982674_936001180_o-20161201
  2. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney15321541_10206136948142678_957558771_o-20161201
  3. The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer15311361_10206136948342683_1660737693_o-20161201
  4. Paris For One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes15303985_10206136980743493_856895802_o-20161201
  5. The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang15292771_10206136948462686_694137856_o-20161201
  6. Something In Between by Melissa De La Cruz15292849_10206136948022675_521784649_o-20161201

Let me know if you’ve read any of these, I’d love to know what you think!

Marilyn

Christmas Book List

Hey everyone,

I’m a huge reader, and I love Christmas-themed books this time of year. I was at Chapters last week and saw several Christmas books and thought I’d put this short list together, if you’re also looking for books to read this holiday season.

*I have not read these books, so this isn’t a review, but I did read the summary of each and them all seem interesting.

  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens15146714_10206049250990304_1551634797_o-20161119
  2. A Shoe Addict’s Christmas by Beth Harbison15126279_10206049251270311_1778737617_o-20161119
  3. My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories: edited by Stephanie Perkins15152268_10206049251030305_118112471_o-20161119
  4. The Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans15145086_10206049251070306_145039033_o-20161119
  5. The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan15126166_10206049251110307_1863829111_o-20161119
  6. A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury 15133821_10206049251430315_540358885_o-20161119
  7. Christmas Under The Stars by Karen Swan15153088_10206049251550318_1016848817_o-20161119

I hope you enjoyed this short list, let me know how they are if you read any of them!

Have a great weekend!

Marilyn