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periods where for months I read a lot of physical copies of books, and then for months I’ll read digital, oftentimes unpublished books on my phone.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:
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.)
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.
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.
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.