Read // 7

22.4.15

 
The Girl on the Train // Paula Hawkins
This book has three female narrators, and I love the way it was written through the 'main' character's eyes every day on her train journey in and out of London.  Interesting features like that are just guaranteed to get me hooked.  Rachel has created a synopsis in her head for the lives of a couple (Jess and Jason) she sees into the back garden of everyday on her commute, so when one day she sees Jess kissing another man and then later discovers that Jess has gone missing, Rachel becomes tangled up in their real lives. This was a crime/mystery/thriller book, which was an enjoyable, easy read which was well-written.  Some things to note though: (1) I've never read a book where the main character is so repugnant, and (2) there are far better books in this genre out there.  I felt like it had a really good, suspenseful build up although by the time the dramatic reveal came about I wasn't surprised, and I found the ending, dare I say it, unbelievable.  A good story though, and one I'd recommend if you want to start getting into crime novels.
Rating: 3/5

Bitter Greens // Kate Forsyth
After falling in love with The Wild Girl, I was eager to read another of Kate Forsyth's books.  Bitter Greens has three intertwined narratives and retells the story of Rapunzel within a historical fiction novel featuring of Charlotte Rose de Caumont la Force, banished from French court and sent to a nunnery, alongside the fictional courtesan and sorceress Selena Lionelli who has a fear of time.  It was slower to get into than Wild Girl, but I devoured this book within a day.  I liked Charlotte's first-person narrative the least, but all three characters' stories were well-rounded and enjoyable.  I doubt that any description I give here will capture the story and do it justice, but what I will say is that Forsyth is an incredibly talented writer who deserves more of the spotlight.  A must-read.
Rating: 5/5

The Lottery // Shirley Jackson
I was after a few shorter books to use as lighter material in between reading, but didn't expect this to be so short!  Literally, 12 pages long and I'm not sure whether I can justifiably feature it here.  But I have read it, so wanted to share my thoughts with you all.  It was more of a classic 'short story' than I anticipated, and the sort of thing I would have read in school.  The Lottery is a Hunger Games-type affair that takes place in a village, but I have to admit that after reading it I still know little more than that.  I guess that's the nature of a short story, leaving your mind to fill in the blanks, but I think I need things spelling out to me!  I felt like this didn't really get going, and cut off when it should have been developed more.  There was a lot packed into the 12 pages though, and it was an interesting concept.
Rating: 1/5

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) // Mindy Kaling
Let me start by saying I love Mindy Kaling.....but I didn't love this book!  I could really hear Mindy's voice when I read it (which is a great thing), but I felt it was disjointed and didn't really flow.  I'd find myself finishing a section and just feeling confused....where did that fit in, and what was the point?  It was interesting finding out the background to how Mindy rose to fame, but there were a lot of *funny* lists that I ended up skim reading.  Perhaps I was expecting too much; I didn't want a full-on autobiography, but I wanted something with a bit of meat to it.  And on a purely aesthetic note, the book has a beautiful cover, scratchy old-school pages and tiny black and white grainy photos.  And I mean tiny.  It could have been executed so much better.
Rating: 2.5/5

1 comment

  1. I enjoyed Girl On The Train - it was entertaining and filled a few boring tube journeys nicely but one that I forgot about within 5 minutes of finishing! x
    LilyLipstick

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