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The Books I Have Read #1

04/20/2020

It has been over 7 months since my last book post on my blog, which feels like an eternity ago. I tend to go through periods where for months I read a lot of physical copies of books, and then for months I’ll read digital, oftentimes unpublished books on my phone. These past seven months have been a lot of the latter, but I have finally started reading physical copies of books again after placing a little book order at the start of the month.

In the past, I’ve only shared the books I have loved in my book recommendations posts, but I want to do it a little differently. From now on, I am going to share (hopefully once a month or so) the books I have read, both the good and the bad, with my thoughts on them and a rating out of five. There will be no spoilers, but this way I can share more books posts on here! So, without further ado, here are the books I have read recently:

And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie

4.5 out of 5 stars

This is the second book of Agatha Christie’s that I have read, and there is no doubt why she is the queen of mystery. The book is about ten people who get invited to an island, and slowly they start to get murdered. With the following of the nursery rhyme to the twist of who done it, I would highly recommend giving this a read if you like mystery books and want something you can read in a weekend. Just don’t skip the very last section like I almost did (I was convinced for a moment that she wasn’t going to say who had done it, and was slightly enraged at Agatha.)

In Five Years – Rebecca Serle

5 out of 5 stars

So. Unbelievable. Good. I picked this up on a whim after browsing through the top books on Amazon for that week (I always browse books on Amazon but buy them elsewhere) and it was even better than I thought it would be. It’s about a woman who has always had her life planned out to a T. After getting engaged to her boyfriend, she falls asleep and wakes up in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and she’s beside a very different man. She spends exactly one hour five years in the future before waking up back in her apartment. She goes on with her life until four and a half years later she meets the man from her vision.

It truly is a book you pick up and won’t want to put down until the end. The twist is unexpected and painfully beautiful. Just have a few tissues nearby.

Eight Perfect Murders – Peter Swanson

3.5 out of 5 stars

This is the second book of Peter Swanson’s that I have read, and although it isn’t in my top favorite suspense books list, it overall was a good book. It is about Malcolm, a bookseller, who wrote a list on the bookstore’s blog on the eight perfect, unsolvable murders from murder mystery books. Years later, an FBI agent comes to the bookstore to question him about a series of unsolvable murders that seem to be similar to the ones on his list. Malcolm begins to look for possible suspects, and it all hits a little too close to home for him.

The story is told entirely from Malcolm’s point of view, in a memoir style, which I loved. There were times where I had to remind myself that this was, in fact, a fiction book and not real. The only thing I wasn’t pleased with, although it made sense to the plot, was throughout the book quite a few classic murder mystery books plots are spoiled. So if you want to read any of those (a few Agatha Christie books are mentioned), then I suggest reading those before reading this book. The twists in this book are unexpected, especially the last few chapters. And the plot is unlike any book I have ever read. Although I didn’t find this as gripping or the end as shocking as other suspense novels, it is a good read if you love suspense/thrillers.

The Last – Hanna Jameson

3.5 out of 5 stars

This book was a completely new genre for me (post-apocalyptic/dystopian thriller), and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The book follows a man, Jon, who is on a business trip at a remote hotel in Switzerland when nuclear attacks occur in major cities all over the world. Twenty survivors are left at the hotel, and two months later when investigating the hotel’s water supply, they discover the body of a young girl.

The book has two plot lines – finding out who killed the girl, and how humans would navigate the “end of the world” with no societal structure or rules. I love the style of how this was written; the main character is keeping a journal of notes of what is happening. The murdered young girl kind of felt like an afterthought to the story, but it still was a twist. Although it might not be the best thing to read with everything going on at the current moment, I highly suggesting giving it a read!

I’d love to know what you’ve been reading recently! And I finally created a Goodreads account, which you can find here.

 

18 responses to “The Books I Have Read #1”

  1. Janet says:

    I love this post! These books all sound so good, especially In Five Years by Rebecca Serle, that sounds so good except for needing the tissues!
    My best friend since High School is a publshed Author, so I am mainly reading her books just now.
    I have just finished reading Cruelty’s Daughter By Anna Willett and next I will read Small Town Nightmare by Anna Willett. Happy reading Kara! xx
    Janet
    http://www.rediscoveringmystyle.com

  2. Eli says:

    Okey, I need to buy “In five years”: now i want to read it so badly!!
    Thanks for the recommendations! I’ve just signed up on Goodreads and added you 🙂
    xx

    Eli

    Curly Style

  3. lily says:

    I’ve never read an Agatha Christie book before and now i’m very tempted!

    Lily Loves | https://www.lilyloves.net

  4. Jamila says:

    Wow! Lovely recommendations for reading. Did you read all of them in one month? All I can say is that Agatha Christie is an amazing writer!

  5. Diana says:

    Wow, I’m saving this list of books, they sound amazing! I think And Then There Were None and In Five Years sound like such captivating reads. I’m just starting The Wives which I’m looking forward to.

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  6. I need to get that In 5 Years book! Love the premise! Thanks for all these awesome reviews.

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  7. Thanks for the review. My parents have a whole Agatha Christie collection, I don’t even know why I never read it, although I read a lot. Probably because I choose mostly Russian, French and German classical literature)
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  8. Mercy says:

    I like Agatha Christie, she’s an all time favourite for such a long time.

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  9. Thank you for sharing your review of these books. I’m looking for new titles to read, so this was really helpful xo

    Makeup Muddle

  10. Julia says:

    I love And Then There Were None! Such a brilliant plot. A lot of Agatha Christie stories are actually awesome, and easy reads too. If you haven’t seen it, you should definitely watch the last BBC adaptation of And Then There Were None – it’s so good!

    Julia x
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  11. Susie says:

    I love seeing what you have been reading! I loveee Agatha Christie but haven’t read and then there were none, I want to!! Hope you’re keeping safe and well xx

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  12. Tiziana says:

    Thanks for the book recommendations! They sound great and didn´t knew most of them 🙂

  13. Kinga says:

    I like A.Christie 🙂

  14. Emma says:

    Lovely post and reviews! I’m always trying to find good books through recommendations! xx

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  15. Mica says:

    I’m not really into thrillers or mysteries, I prefer lighter books, but that in 5 years book sounds fascinating, I’d love to read it! I’d love more time for reading – we have a virtual book club with the neighbours I just finished the book for, but it was hard finding time to read around the kids, haha!

    Hope that your week is off to a good start! 🙂 We are on week 6 of staying at home but they have started to lift some restrictions which is nice! 🙂

  16. Zia Domic says:

    Oh I love a good mystery and I haven’t read Agatha Christie in so long, thanks for the recs… so much time to read right now! xo ~Zia

  17. Lovely says:

    I adore Agatha Christies and have read most of her books, including And Then There Were None. Would love to read Eight Perfect Murders, thanks for the recommendations hun!

    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

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