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As I’ve mentioned in a few of my posts recently, at the beginning of the year I decided that I wanted to take more time out for reading. It’s such a good way of switching off and clearing the mind, and I wanted to stop wasting so much time online scrolling social media endlessly. So, I set myself a Goodreads challenge – albeit a slightly ambitious one of reading 52 books this year – and I also set up my online book club. You can read more about that here, and if it sounds up your street, you can join here.
When I’m looking for something new to read I tend to base it on recommendations. I have a whole folder of screenshots on my phone from where friends have shared the books they’ve loved and I’m adding them all to my To Be Read list. So, with this in mind, I thought it made sense to share my Recent Reads each month, and let you know what I have thought of each of them – the good, the bad and the ugly. Hopefully one of you may find a new book for your list!
A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
The Woman In The Window by AJ Finn
Slender Man by Anonymous
This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor by Adam Kay
White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock
This is the book I’m currently reading and I have to admit I’m struggling with it. I’ve read one of Berry-Dee’s previous books and found that hard going to as I find his writing style quite difficult to get lost in, but in this book, as well as that issue, I’m also finding that my brain keeps getting the occasional jolt of this-was-written-with-the-male-gaze. Each of the female serial killers in the book has been introduced with a description of her appearance – one of which was described as “… petite, in real life drop-dead gorgeous, magazine-cover-glossy, classy act…” Another was “… a statuesque beauty with sultry, raven hair. She had a figure that made most men, and many women, drool… even after serving 15 years in prison she was still drop-dead gorgeous…” I don’t know; I just felt like describing these women by their physical attributes and glamorising them in such a way was a little off-key. I will keep ploughing on with the book though as the subject matter is my genre of choice and I’m sure it’ll be interesting; I just need to persevere.
Now, the eagle-eyed amongst you will realise that I’m slightly behind my Goodreads Challenge schedule. To nail my target of 52 books by the end of the year I need to reading one each week – we are now into week 10 of 2019 and I’m on book 7 – I need to get a wiggle on!
I have quite a few books on To Be Read list but I’m always looking for recommendations, so if there’s anything you’ve read and think I need to know about, let me know! You can either comment in the box at the bottom of this post, or contact me on any of my social channels (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook).
I’ll be back again at the beginning of March with my Recent Reads, so I’ll definitely have to get a move on with my current book or there won’t be much to talk about!