Books, Reviews

August Books

Helloooo! I hope you’re having a great day, whatever it is that you’re doing or are yet planning to do. As for me, I’ve spent today watching Riverdale, reading and working on a little upcycling project that I hope to share with you really soon. All very relaxing and therapeutic.

Ok, this post title says books so I’ll best get to it. Hah, you know, funny story… Uhmm. Well, we had a big clear out of books – basically we’re always buying books and we ran out of room for all of them, so we decided it’s time to pass some of them on to new homes – and with those books that we gave away, were two of the ones that I read in August. So on my picture there’s actually two books missing. I’ll still write about them of course, but it just doesn’t feel right to not have them there. Oh well. I hope they’ve found nice new owners in any case.

I read 4 books in August, bringing my total to 26/30! I’m way ahead of my Goodreads goal at the moment which I’ve achieved by taking a lot more time to actually read instead of wondering where the time goes when you’re not doing anything. I know I’m not alone in this either – how much time do you spend flicking through films on Netflix instead of actually picking something to watch? Or going through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. Well, I’ve been doing my best to catch myself when I’m once again just ticking away, not actually doing anything. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to have time to just chill, but I do like to mix it up a little.


The first book that I read in August was How to Kill Your Husband {and Other Handy Household Hints} by Kathy Lette. This book begins with a woman who stands accused of her husband’s murder and continues with one of her two (very unlikely) best friends telling the story from the beginning. Let me just get it out there – I didn’t like it at all. It was trying to be funny and witty way too hard, turning out downright annoying and unnecessarily crude. The characters and their relationships were ridiculous to begin with and it didn’t get any better as the story progressed. It had a couple of funny moments but they couldn’t even begin to try and make up for the rest of it. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone.

The second book I read was Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. It is a (psychological) thriller about a seemingly perfect couple with a few oddities about them. This was an interesting one. It didn’t feel like a great book but it kept me turning the pages. As the story unravels you learn more and more about the reasons behind what’s happened and how it happened. There are no major unexpected plot twists, but it’s an easy read and there’s definitely something about it as it really kept me hooked right until the very end.

The third and fourth books that I read are from a box set that I recently picked up on a sale. It’s The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot #2) by Agatha Christie and The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot #6) by Agatha Christie. When I told a friend of mine that I’m reading Agatha Christie books he asked me, all surprised, ‘Aren’t her books for old people?’. It struck me as hilarious as of course I’d realised that there are children’s books and books more suitable for adults. However I never stopped to think that there may be books for ‘old people’. I do understand where my friend was coming from though. I doubt many people my age would enjoy reading these detective stories that are from a whole different era and style. I however do enjoy them and these books were no exception. I love trying to figure out the different clues that we’re given throughout the book and even though I’ve got quite a way to go to be able to solve the mysteries before the detectives in the book, I have had several occasions where my hunches have turned out to be right. I’m not going to describe the plot and characters of these two books, but I’d be happy to leave you with this:

10 guidelines from the ”Golden Age of Detective Fiction” 

1. The criminal must be mentioned in the early part of the story, but must not be anyone whose thoughts the reader has been allowed to know.
2. All supernatural or preternatural agencies are ruled out as a matter of course.
3. Not more than one secret room or passage is allowable.
4. No hitherto undiscovered poisons may be used, nor any appliance which will need a long scientific explanation at the end.
5. No Chinaman must figure in the story.
6. No accident must ever help the detective, nor must he ever have an unaccountable intuition which proves to be right.
7. The detective himself must not commit the crime.
8. The detective is bound to declare any clues which he may discover.
9. The “sidekick” of the detective, the Watson, must not conceal from the reader any thoughts which pass through his mind: his intelligence must be slightly, but very slightly, below that of the average reader.
10. Twin brothers, and doubles generally, must not appear unless we have been duly prepared for them.

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This was a rather odd mix of books there, although they did all fall into the mystery/thriller/crime genre. Looking back it seems that as I was going through some tougher times regarding my health, I went for easy to read entertainment that would keep me thinking along, trying to guess what would happen. I think these books were quite a good choice for that.

If you’ve got any recommendations for me as to what to read next, I’d love for you to share them with me in the comments 🙂

G.

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