The Book Corner: 2016 Recent Reads – Part 1

These past few weeks have been great ones for reading, so far I’ve read 8 books and counting. If this continues then hopefully I can complete my GoodReads challenge this year, rather than fail miserably. Which is what happened in 2015. So far this year I’m making more use of my commute and even taking a lunch break away, which has allowed me to whizz through my to be read pile. Hooray for that!

So what have I been reading? Well funny you should ask that. Have a read below to see for yourselves.

1. The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay – This was a Christmas gift and I absolutely loved it. A good old Agatha Christie style murder at Christmas, in a country house. The perfect thing to get me through the post-Christmas back to work blues.

2. The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin – I was sent a copy of this via NetGalley before it was published and was so excited to get reading. Firstly I love the jacket, which caught my attention and intrigued me. Thankfully it didn’t disappoint and I devoured it over a couple of days. I was so gripped that I didn’t want to get off the train! The main story is interspersed with stories of reincarnation in children, I found myself intrigued by the notion and believing in the possibility by the end of the book. It’s sad, intriguing, has an element of mystery, with a nod to the reincarnation and the unexplained. This is a book I highly recommend you read.

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3. The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, Book 2) by Melinda Salisbury –  A great follow on from The Sin Eater’s Daughter. Once again there are characters to love and to hate, twisting plots and adventures aplenty. I couldn’t have imagined that this was where the story was going next but I loved it and couldn’t turn the pages quick enough. Now, when can I read book three?

4. Siren by Annemarie Neary – Another NetGalley book but this one didn’t win me over like I’d hoped.  I can’t really explain my thoughts on this book. It had an interesting premise and I was intrigued to see how the history would be resolved, but it didn’t really get there. I felt like I was waiting for the big reveal and when it came it seemed to fall a little flat and didn’t reach my expectations.

5. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – I actually gave up on this book when I first started reading it in December last year. I think I was expecting too much after all the hype that surrounded it since it’s publication. Recently I picked it up again and managed to get through it quite quickly. I was quite immersed the second time of reading. It intrigued me and I wanted to solve the mystery, but it did seem a little repetitive and drawn out. I always end up doing this with hyped up books, my expectations are higher and then I get annoyed with both myself and the book for not seeing in it what other people see.

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6. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. – I picked up Kaling’s second book just before Christmas and the friend I was with suggested I read this first, and lent me the book. I blitzed through this over a couple of train journeys one weekend. I loved the essay style of the book. It’s a great way to flit around between topics without having to join everything together in a coherent way. The book covers everything from first jobs to first New York flats, to childhood friendships and meeting comedy heroes, all without taking things too seriously. I’m pleased I read it and it’s made me want to read Why Not Me as soon as I can find it in the piles of books.

7. The Case of the Blue Violet: A Murder Most Unladylike Mini Mystery by Robin Stevens. – This is a mini story set in the world of Hazel and Daisy of Murder Most Unladylike fame. The fact that I’m itching to read Jolly Foul Play which publishes next month means that I downloaded this from the kindle store as soon as I realised it existed. For the first time we are hearing from Daisy instead of Hazel as to how the mystery of the moment was solved. The only downside to this book was it’s length. I know it was meant to be short, but it doesn’t stop me from wanting more.

8. Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer – I picked this book up on a whim and I was pleasantly surprised by just how gripped I was by the characters and their story. It’s a family saga of a story, set between WWII and WWII, that revolves around Harry Clifton. We follow him from a young boy though school, and beyond. The way the book is written makes the story move really well. Each part covers Harry’s story from a different character’s point of view. I found that it made me want to keep reading to see events from each of the perspectives. The ending of the book was a massive cliffhanger which means I’ve already got book two ready to go. He’s hoping it lives up to this book, and my expectations.

My current read is C. J. Redwine’s The Shadow Queen. Only 90 pages left to go and I’m really enjoying it. I cant’ wait to see how it ends.

-Lau x


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