Before this year I had a long spell away from my love of reading purely down to complete lack of any time whatsoever. As the new year started I found myself with a bit more spare time so I really wanted to get back into reading big time. I just wanted to share some thoughts on the books I’ve read so far this year because there’s been a few gems. I won’t be writing full blown reviews but just my general thoughts, hope you enjoy!
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
I had heard a lot of hype about this book and so when a family member lent this to me, I thought this would be a great book to get me back into reading. This book definitely pulled me in straight away and I didn’t want to put it down – I got through most of it on my train journey back from my hometown to Scotland. I liked how it incorporated different perspectives, this is definitely a style that I enjoy. The girl on the train is watching other people’s lives as her own was rapidly falling apart. She creates a perfect world for the people she is observing however, it soon becomes clear their lives are far from perfect and she manages to involve herself in their lives whilst visiting a painful past for her. I have to say, I didn’t find the main character particularly likeable at times but I definitely felt her pain and empathised with her struggled. This was a good thriller and fast paced story and sometimes that’s just the kind of book you need. There was a great twist at the end which I didn’t see coming. Would definitely recommend this book – a gripping story in which the suspense gradually increased.
After You – Jojo Moyes
I have to admit, I did something I never do, and I didn’t even read the first book to this sequel. I watched the film at the end of 2016 and found myself curious as the where the sequel would go but not invested enough to read ‘Before You’ as well (I normally read the book before the film but would still read a book after watching it).
This definitely wasn’t the most interesting book and seeing as I didn’t read ‘Before You’ I wasn’t as invested in the characters as I otherwise might have been. I did totally relate to the character’s emotions and feelings of grief and found this aspect of the book quite genuine and authentic. This book is quite a typical romance novel although there is a deeper level to it with the character coming to terms with her bereavement and learning to live with it and move on.
I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend this book but if you want an easy going, girly book then this would be ideal.