Thursday, 1 May 2014

Books of April

I can't believe that the month of April is over. Hello May. April has been a very stressful month. Perhaps I will talk about that in another post. Maybe. Nothing too much has happened this month however I did read a few books that I will briefly comment on.

I have always been an avid reader ever since I was a child. It started because my family was quite poor hence we spent a lot of time over the summer break and the weekend at home. I have always been a fast reader and over the course of my law degree, the speed that I read has dramatically increased. The downside is that I read very fast now because I skim; I can't not skim anymore which is actually quite bad. I am also quite particular about my novels and if a novel doesn't capture my interest within 5 chapters or so, I abandon it. I usually read around 40 new novels a year, although last year it was only 34.

These are actually the first books that I have read all year. Like most things, I am all-or-nothing. I will read half a dozen books within a week and then never open another one for a few months.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriaty
This novel was so disappointing! I picked it up because Amarixe had recently purchased it in her book haul, the cover was really pretty and the synopsis seemed very interesting. It was a very slow novel, predictable, the characters were so boring and around 3/4 in, I gave up and massively skimmed the rest.

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Disclaimer. I am a major Veronica Mars fan and I love the show but hated the movie (why Veronica why?!). The book was pretty good and I loved the pace of it. Very impressed considering the let-down of the previous novel.

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
This book's premise was quite interesting and I have to admit, it kept me engaged for most of the novel until the very end then it became very blah.

Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club #13) by James Patterson
I am a fan of James Patterson and the Women's Murder Club (still unhappy that the show got cancelled) and this novel was what I expected and I was quite pleased with it.

The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen
A yawn-fest.

Growing Up Duggar: It's All About Relationships
Okay, most people laugh at me when I say this but I am a huge fan of 19 Kids and Counting. It is my guilty pleasure and I love that show. I actually get very excited when I find a new episode on YouTube. This book was what I expected, but it was quite enjoyable actually.

Vanished by Sheela Chari
Quite a good read although I think it is aimed at people considerably younger than me (around the age of the protagonist who is 11. Whoops).

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
I must be one of the few people who isn't a fan of HBO's Game of Thrones. I really thought I would enjoy it considering I do enjoy the fantasy genre, but the show makes me really sad and unhappy. I guess it's almost to the point where I am depressed about how cruel people can be to others. Perhaps I am overthinking it. I have watched 2.5 seasons but I stopped because it just wasn't worth it to me. But I do want to give the series a try and started with the first novel. It was alright; I've already seen the first season so nothing was new but I do enjoy the writing style.

I started using my GoodReads account again so add me if you have one! Do you have any book recommendations? One of my newly found favourites is The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman.


  1. Aw I quite enjoyed the Veronica Mars movie! I've never read any of the spinoff books though. I still watch Game of Thrones but I agree about what you said - there's a lot of unnecessary violence against women I feel, and I usually skip over those scenes.

  2. I really want to read Vanished :)

    1. It was definitely a cute story! Checking out your blog btw :)


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