Hard to believe we’re nearly finished with our 2016 Book Challenge and Chat. Where did the year go?!
This month’s challenge was a “New York Times Best Seller” and I actually read two books, both by Ruth Ware! I just couldn’t bring myself to read The Girl on the Train. Too many of you hated it, and after reading a couple of books I didn’t love this year, I thought it was best to skip it.
I don’t watch scary movies because I have terrible nightmares and was worried to read these books. Thankfully both were more suspenseful than frightening. I’m not a big mystery fan but the purpose of this challenge is to step outside of your comfort zone!
The Woman in Cabin 10 : I’m sure you’ve seen this popping up everywhere lately as it’s being called the new “Girl on the Train” or “Gone Girl”. That’s pushing it. The book is about a luxury cruise gone bad. Per the sleeve: “But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo hears what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers and crew members remain accounted for…” It was a fast read, mainly because I wanted to solve the mystery! It kept my attention but I felt like it wrapped up too quickly. There was lots of buildup and it was over. Just like that. But it remained a mystery until the end for me – I didn’t see it coming!
In a Dark, Dark Wood: I picked up this story of a bachelorette party gone bad first because it was $5 at Half Priced Books. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it, but read it in less than two days. I couldn’t put it down! There were parts of the book I found silly and far-fetched, but it kept my attention the entire time. I was desperate to find out what was happening. And when I thought I had it figured out, I was wrong! I loved that there was a backstory here – that’s something that Ware kind of glosses over in The Woman in Cabin 10. The female narrators were similar but I felt there was more depth to Nora, the lead in “In a Dark, Dark Wood”.
I suggest both novels, especially if you love a good mystery. They’re dark, of course, but nothing too graphic or over-the-top.
And I feel like I’ve been waiting all year for October’s challenge: a book from Rory Gilmore’s reading list! I’m going to read The Bell Jar. I wish I would have chosen this challenge for November to coincide with the Netflix episodes, but this will be a great lead-up! Hope you’ll join us!
Make sure to check out what Llinos read this month!
Have you read either book? What’d you read this month?
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