Monthly Recap: January 19

Usually at this time of year I’m flat out trying to organise days off for staff while we’re all still recovering from Christmas. AND gearing up for the busy time when work and school starts. But it’s felt a little different this year!! Our business is really starting to take off which hasn’t left much time for reading (or blogging!) and I’ve been attempting to get through some of my end of 2018 back log.

I’m trying a different tack this year each monthly recap I’d like to write less in-depth reviews and more mini-reviews to include more of the books I read throughout the year. Especially as I feel a lot tend to get left behind… but check out my Instagram for more!

I’ll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

I enjoyed I’ll be Gone in the Dark a lot more than I expected to! I was stunned at the level of research and time Michelle McNamara put in and felt very sad that she did not live to see her work published. A really interesting read that definitely felt a little uncomfortable. Great writing and one that really made me think. A must read for true crime fans.

The Final Girls by Riley Sager

I LOVED The Last Time I Lied which was one of my top thrillers (and reads!) of 2018. The premise was totally my cup of tea and I really liked the protagonist. It wasn’t as unputdownable like The Last Time I Lied but I thoroughly enjoyed it and Riley Sager has become an auto-buy author for me. Recommend!!

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

I’ve made my way through Ruth Ware’s backlog ending with her first! I enjoyed this one but don’t feel like it’s her best. I enjoyed the end and wrap up but felt it took too long to get there and was misleading not in a charming mystery way. Could have left it, unfortunately.

The Favourite Sister by Jessica Knoll

While unsettling I really liked The Favourite Sister. I enjoyed the portrayal of a cut throat reality tv show setting and the cruelty female relationships can share. Jessica Knoll comes across as a very smart witty writer and I enjoyed the darker elements of book. I did not pick the twist and loved the way the book wrapped up. Recommend.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I’m really excited about this one! A shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence towards her husband – and the therapist obsessed with discovering her motive… I’ve heard great things already but the premise is definitely up my alley! Abby from Crime by the book has been teasing about it and so I’m super looking forward to losing an afternoon to The Silent Patient.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

I really enjoyed The Hate You Give and so I’m looking forward to Angie Thomas’ follow up. It’s a homage to hip hop – the art that sparked her passion for storytelling. It’s a story about fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you and the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be. On the Come Up I think will be another emotional ride with the smart and straight to the point writing we found in The Hate You Give.

The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

I’ve heard mixed reviews for this one but the premise intrigues me. Following a professional dancer who spirals down through anorexia and depression which leads to her seeking treatment at Swann Street where she meets other girls facing life threatening diseases.

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

A sweeping historical novel about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy whose fates entangle over an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers. Um yes, please! This sounds wonderful and I need another historical novel after reading Kristin Hannah!

The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

I really enjoyed C.J Tudor’s debut novel The Chalk Man so I’m excited to read her follow up. A few mixed reviews though on bookstagram but I like the premise and enjoyed the way Tudor sets the story up for us. Keen as but think I’ll wait for library edition!

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