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Reading, during the last 2 months of 2014, was pretty much non-existent here.
I just took a glance at my Goodreads books that I read from the 2014 challenge and it seemed that I read my last full length fiction novel back in October.
After that, I truly got sidetracked and don’t have any real excuses except life, holidays and work just took on a life of its own.
But since the holidays have been over, I somehow, thankfully got my reading mojo back and have already read two books and also already onto the third of my Goodreads 2015 challenge of 24 books.
Last year’s Goodreads 2014 challenge, I gave myself the goal of 12 (one a month) as I hadn’t been reading many books for almost a year when I first started this blog and yet I more then surpassed that goal with 21 books, but realized that other then the holiday time, I can truly read at the very least 2-3 books a month (see I am already there pretty much for January). So, I upped my Goodreads goal this year to 24 books (2 books a month now).
Since I last checked in though with what I was reading here on my blog, I hopefully and more then happily shared all about Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
However, there was one book though that I read right before Wonder that I also still wanted to share my thoughts. It seems that sometimes, you keep hearing about a book every time you turn around and can’t help, but for whatever reason to not get to read it immediately. Then, for some reason, you put off reading it and opt to read other books before it. But finally the pull is too great and you just can’t help, but finally cave, crack and read it.
That is exactly the case with the book Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. From the first page, I was engrossed and left thoroughly on the edge of my seat. The reviews about this being the newest and greatest mystery/thriller of our time, were not exaggerating. Ms. Flynn, in my estimation, has weaved a suspenseful and captivating novel. I know many did read this and was going to give a full blown review, but am condensing for that reason. And yet still I would be remiss if I didn’t share some of my thoughts here.
First off, I knew enough from reading my fair share of mystery novels that I knew not to take anything at face value from the onset, but WOW, I can honestly say I was left shocked as the plot unfolded and twisted a few times. Another valid lesson that was driven home in this book was as they say never judge a book by its cover nor can you judge what goes on in a marriage behind closed doors. Even though for public consumption, all seemed like they were coming up roses in their marriage, but in reality theirs were anything, but rosy nor perfect by any means.
But since reading both those two books, I have also read What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty (this was back in October 2014), The Look of Love, by Sarah Jio (first book of 2015 for me), and also most recently Big Little Lies, also by Liane Moriarty (yes I just can’t get enough of this author since The Husband’s Secret last year) and now I am engrossed in The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion (kept hearing such great things and couldn’t resist). So, I thought I would catch my readers up on these books a bit, as well.
Liane Moriarty’s books for the most part are real page turners and at least for me hard to put down. Both, What Alice Forgot and Big Little Lies were read with such ease, as well as the desire to find out how each turned out (definitely both kept me on my suspenseful edge of my seat). So, I couldn’t put each of these books down and found myself devouring them to stay up late.
What Alice Forgot, finds the main character Alice coming to on her local gym floor at 39 years old and having forgot a whole 10 years of her life. See she still was believing she was 29 years old, newly married and pregnant with her first child, but in reality she is 39, getting divorced and has 3 kids. The main plot takes us on Alice’s journey to reconstruct the years lost and how she got to this point in her life having the most crucial elements of it so very different rocking her now world to its core. I can say this the trip was very much well worth it and made me wonder what my own younger self would think about my now life 10 years later.
In Big Little Lies, one thing is for sure from the get go, someone had met an untimely demise during a school parent after hours function, but we have to read on to find out who and how this tragedy could take place. The book reads like a steamy, trashy, gossipy PTA meeting and definitely shows that school (parent) politics even for kids as young as kindergartners can be quite interesting and cliche laden for sure. I must admit having Emma in kindergarten this year and being class mom, I have seen my fair share already, but thankfully nothing as scandalous as that of this fateful night in this Big Little Lies’ beloved beachside community public school (still I was captivated and guiltily read each spell-binding page).
Last, but not least, The Look of Love, was very much a fun, easy read, which I pretty much found myself beginning and finishing in less then 2 days time finding the book’s heroine, Jane Williams finding out on her 29th birthday that she possesses the rare gift to see true love, but needs to identify the six types of love before the full moon following her thirtieth birthday, or face grave consequences (to never find true love for herself). Ok, I just couldn’t help, but fall in a little bit more in love with Jane the more I read and also root for her to indeed fulfill the prophecy to indeed find true love herself. Some might think that this is a bit of a simple read, but I was honestly quite enchanted by it, especially coming off the holiday season here and being my first read of the new year.
And in the end…
So, there you have it, back in the reading saddle once again in 2015 since I was here.. I also am checking in more with Goodreads then I was at the end of 2014 and hope you will follow me over there, if you haven’t yet.
I also promise to update, possibly once a month which books, I am reading or have read for the past month here and again if you follow me on Goodreads will be able to see what I am reading in real time, too.