Hey y’all —
One of my resolutions, or goals as I prefer, for the new year was to read more. I didn’t set a true numerical goal for how many books I’d like to read throughout the year, but, I think 1 a month is a realistic number. Though ONE a month may sound pathetic, it’s more than I was reading before. Wait… that’s even more pathetic. Ha!
This is where A Novel Idea, a new ‘series’ (hopefully) of posts on my blog, was born.
I became a member of a group on Facebook that discusses their readings and it really motivated me to want to read. (I was going to say “read more”, but, as I was reading approximately zero books a year, I really just want to read in general.) When the new year rolled around, thanks to the Facebook group, I made it a mission to go and get myself a card at one of my local libraries. I am proud to say that during the month of January, I utilized said library card and read… FOUR WHOLE BOOKS!
This month’s first book of choice was Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. And, I’m so glad it was! I thought this book was really good — well written, with great characters who I felt were very relatable. The book starts out with a fire (as the title implies) and throughout, as the plot thickens, you’re left trying to decide who or what started the fire, along with how and why the fire occurred. A legal battle surrounding an adoption is also thrown in the mix. It wasn’t necessarily a mystery or a thriller, but I found myself so anxious in the last 3-4 chapters. I’m talking increased heart rate and tight chest kind of anxiety.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn: Oh my word… this was a good one! Sharp Objects is full of dark subjects – murder, self-harm, and abuse. The characters are deeply flawed, which I have found that I really enjoy because it makes them more realistic — aren’t we all deeply flawed in our own ways? I also found this to be a quick read because you simply cannot put it down! I finished the entire book in less than 48 hours, with the first 10 chapters being completed (that’s 61% of the book, but who’s counting) before my head hit my pillow on the first night. This psychological thriller was written in a way where I was glued to the pages. You’re left turning each page wanting to figure out who murdered the two young girls in Wind Gap, how they did it, why they did it… you seriously will read this with burning questions the entire time. Because I really enjoyed this one, I’m going to add Gillian Flynn’s novels Dark Places and Gone Girl to my “TO READ” list as well.
Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle by Jeff Flake: If you know me, then you know I’m all about the world of politics. I absolutely love Washington D.C. and Capital Hill. With that said, if you’re also into politics, then I think you’ll find this to be an interesting read. Yes, it’s a book about conservative ideals. But, more importantly, this book talks about placing our country over our party, while discussing the uproar caused by the 2016 election. I believe it is good – and crucial – to read about both sides of the political spectrum. It is so important that we can talk openly about both sides and understand both sides so that we can work together to make America (and the world) the best it can be.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: This one started off slow for me, but picked up as the book progressed. It jumps between three different characters, each narrating their own chapter. I struggled with this, so it took me a little while longer to fully catch on, piece it all together and understand what was happening. Once I caught on, I was latched! Though I struggled for the first half of the book (ugh), I enjoyed the storyline. Now I need to go watch the movie to compare!
I’ve come to realize that the thriller/suspense/give me anxiety books are the ones I enjoy. I love a book that keeps you turning the pages and up all night.
Here are a few books that I plan on reading in the near future (also known as, the books I’m on hold for at the library): Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter; The Good Girl by Mary Kubica; and Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta.
Have you read any of these books? What books have you recently read or what are you currently reading? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Let’s chat in the comments.