Pretty Words all in a Row #3

I’ve said this in previous posts, but this year I’m really struggling to find the time for reading. This makes me sad because I love getting lost in a good book, but I’ve been fitting in running and now with the new job the last thing I want to do after spending all say staring at a screen is to pick up a book and do more reading. It’s a shame but I’m going to have to admit I’m not going to hit my Goodreads target.

That being said I’m not going to give up on reading and I’ll still be finishing books, but at my own pace rather than racing to a finish line. I will, however, still be updating you guys on the books I have completed! So here’s part three of books for this year.

In part two I wrote that I was reading a book called Our Holocaust, and that I thought it was a little hard going. Well it was, so I moved on and decided I needed something a little less serious:

  • Dark Places  by Gillian Flynn (who wrote Gone Girl) was a perfect easy read. She writes fairly intelligently but you don’t have to think too hard when you’re reading it. The story was interesting to follow. There was a nice twist near the end – but not as big as in Gone Girl. This was Gillian’s second novel.
  • The Death of Bees  by Lisa O’Donnell was one of GoodReads 2013 suggestions early in the year and I found it didn’t disappoint. Written from the perspectives of two young Scottish girls who had to contend with their freshly dead junky parents. Sounds weird and heavy going but was a very interesting read. It reminded me a bit of The Wasp Factory.
  • I heard about The Uninvited via a book blog I used to read and liked the premise. It turned a bit weird sci-fi throughout so I was a little disappointed but it passed the time sufficiently!
  • Running Like a Girl was a gift from Gary. Written by British journalist Alexandra Heminsley, she described her journey from new runner to marathon runner. It was a good read but the first half was more interesting to me since there was a lot of description on how she struggled at the start but then jumped quickly from training and learning to running marathons easy peasy. Still an entertaining read, which I would recommend to any woman starting out running.
  • Hunger is an Amazon Single (their equivalent of a ShortRead). Written by Susan Hill (who wrote Woman In Black and a few of the other books I’ve read over the last year and a half) I was very disappointed. It was so short it started to go somewhere and then was wrapped up as if she was told half way through that she had to stick to a word count.
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn was her first novel (I obviously like to do things backwards!) and a really good read. I like her writing style and her books are always interesting to read. This one again had you guessing all the way through and ended up with an uncomfortable twist, similar to Gone Girl in it’s sinister roots. I really recommend this one, especially if you liked Gone Girl.
  • Apparently I didn’t learn from my last Susan Hill Single but I downloaded Crystal (for free I might add) and gave it a crack. Oh dear. It was worse than Hunger. I won’t make that mistake again. I think I’ll stick to her ghost stories……
So that’s where I am now. I have started and stopped a couple of books since then and I do have a few on the pile that I’m looking forward to starting. Yes, I’m 5 books behind on my challenge, but now I have admitted to myself I won’t achieve it I can relax and take my time reading the books I want to read, and even re-reading some. And as G Man said:
(Oops…. that photo may have given away my exciting news….. ah well ;D I’ll blog it in full when it’s final!)
More when I have it!

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