Hi everyone! It’s Wednesday and as past few Wednesdays I’ve been writing all kinds of snippets of wisdom, I thought today I’ll write about books. I mean, depending on the book you may get some wisdom or advice from it and to be honest I’m all out of life lessons right now. I’ll let you know when I learn something new though!
Ever since I started working with NetGalley I’ve been pretty much just using my Kindle to read books as that’s how I get the books to read and review from them. If you’re one of those people that prefer the good old paperback (like me, actually), don’t worry, I’ll start mixing in some of them soon again as well.
In October I read 6 books, bringing me to 37/30 of my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge. As I didn’t want to cram them all in one post, I decided to split it into two parts and this is part one.
Also, in case you’re wondering why I set my target so low when I’m obviously reading a lot more, here’s a quick background story on it. If you’re not interested in that then skip right ahead to the reviews (I won’t hold it against you, I promise!). I used to read a LOT when I was younger and then read less and less when I started to go through a lot of changes in my life and having issues with my health to a point where I hardly ever picked up a book anymore. This changed when I met my now husband – discovering that he loves books and reading as much as I used to, he opened a whole new world for me of authors and book series that I hadn’t heard of. For that I’m truly grateful as that’s when I really got back into reading again and I absolutely love it. For the past few years I’ve been participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenges and last year I set my goal at 25, which I only just managed. So I thought I’ll up it a little this year but stay within reason. Little did I know that further changes in my life and health would not drive me away from books but right to them. I’ve been consciously taking time to read and so I’ve surpassed my goal by quite a bit. Do you reckon I could do 50 books next year? Let me know what you think! Anyway, to the books now.
The first book I read in October was The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd. The Innocent Wife is a story about Sam – an ordinary woman who starts writing letters to a man on death row – Dennis. Eventually she falls in love with him and they get married. Sam is campaigning for Dennis to be released from prison, believing in his innocence, as do many others. However when she gets her wish, things seem to change between them and Sam starts wondering about questions she’s not sure she can ask. The Innocent Wife is a gripping story and a real page turner. Even though I could hardly put this book down, there were some parts that felt a bit drawn out. In those instances I wasn’t sure where the story was going and was wishing it would hurry up a little, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it. If you’re interested in this book, it’s expected to be published by December 28th 2017.
My second book in October was Hickory Dickory Dock (Hercule Poirot #30) by Agatha Christie. That’s the last book from that box set so no more Hercule Poirot for a while. I’m not going to go into much detail about this book again other than to say that it follows a masterful detective Hercule Poirot in his ingenious ways to solve mysterious crimes.
The third book that I read in October was The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen. The Wife Between Us took psychological/mystery/suspense genre to a whole new level for me. There was no point in trying to assume anything, the magnificently clever twists blew me away. I mean, OMG THAT TWIST! I couldn’t put it down and stayed up reading until the very early hours of the morning – something that I haven’t done in while. I absolutely 100% recommend it and I just… I’m lost for words. It’s out in the beginning of next year, currently the date is set at February 8th 2018. Also, it looks like there could be a movie version of this brought out by the same people who did The Girl on the Train. I know I shall keep an eye out for that!
Massive thanks to NetGalley and the lovely publishing companies Random House UK, Cornerstone and Pan Macmillan for letting me read and review your books.
Don’t forget to come back soon for Part 2 of my October books!