Book clubs. Reading groups. Are you in one? My best friend and I decided to start our very own book club this year as a way to stay connected and push ourselves to expand our reading choices. For example, we want to read more poetry, non fiction (in particular novels regarding the climate, our food consumption and mental health), a novel written the year we were born, and a Stephen King cult classic. However, there will be plenty of fun romance and fantasy reads within our book club as well!
As avid readers who love Goodreads, and the reading challenges, we set ourselves a challenge for 2019: read 52 books by December 31st. A book a week. Seems a little daunting doesn’t it? Follow along to see which books we read, which I liked and those I did not. And, most importantly, if I mange to complete the challenge!
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
I really enjoyed this novel. It kept me interested all the way through. I couldn’t put it down and finished it within a day. In particular, the plot twists offered an element of surprise and they were well executed. Therefore, they didn’t leave me feeling as though they were unnecessary and implausible. Moreover, this novel offered a thoughtful insight into mental health, specifically one’s response following a significant loss. If you’re looking for an easy to read thriller this is definitely a good choice.
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
This novel was a disappointment. I was BEYOND excited to read this (and it was one of my suggestions this month!). In addition, it was gaining a lot of hype in The New York Times, on Goodreads and on Belletrist, but I was immensely frustrated.
To begin, I did finish My Sister, the Serial Killer, which means I was interested. Yet, I wasn’t invested in the characters. They lacked development and nothing really happened, there were no consequences (which I guess was what the author was going for). In addition, the comedy element was a miss for me. All and all, if you want something a little more mentally stimulating, especially in the thriller genre, this probably isn’t the book for you.
The Wicked King by Holly Black
This series! I’m addicted. I have a soft spot for YA, young adult, novels (no shame here!). Recently, it was suggested I try YA Fantasy and my life has been changed forever.
I loved Harry Potter growing up and I believe it wasn’t only the characters that fascinated me, but being transported to a whole new world. However, I never thought to try any other fantasy series. Nothing would excite and absorb me like the wizarding world. How wrong I was!
The Wicked King is Holly Black’s sequel to The Cruel Prince. The Cruel Prince was FANTASTIC. It’s sinful, sexy and fierce, taking place in the wold of the Fae. This much anticipated sequel did not disappoint and I can’t recommend it enough if you wish to indulge yourself in a fun, seductive and wicked story of betrayal, love and power. 2020 book club, The Queen of Nothing, here I come!
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Outlander, Outlander, Outlander… Honestly, I’m undecided over this novel and I hate to say it, but I haven’t finished reading this one yet, so I’m already behind on my challenge! Outlander was published in 1991, which ticked our ‘novel from the year we were born’ box. Do you know when you enjoy a novel, but when you put it down it’s difficult to pick back up? This is that novel for me. Truly, the struggle is real.
Diana Gabaldon is a fantastic writer. Her ability to transport the reader to a different era through her use of thorough details is outstanding. Unfortunately, when there is a lot of detail my mind tends to wander elsewhere. That said, I’m excited to see what happens to Claire, will she find her way back home? Additionally, I can’t wait to start the TV series, but I must finish the first novel first! To be continued… Be sure to check back in and find out our next book club read!
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