These are the next couple of books I've been reading... (Check out the first 4 books I read in 2017 here!) and unfortunately, I liked the first set better. I'm so glad I started my own book challenge (going on until the end of June- join anytime!) because it's been helping me stay on top of my reading. I've read more books this year than the past two years combined... and I really hate admitting that.
I would have at least one more on here, but instead of listening to an audiobook, I've been binging on Up and Vanished! It is SO good- right up there with Serial (season 1) for me. Have you listened to it? What do you think?
But anyway, here are my reviews on my recent books-
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
I had never read a book about anyone who had been kidnapped before, and this was so heart-wrenching. *spoiler* I'm glad that it ultimately had a good ending. I feel like the general population has misconceptions about what a kidnapping looks like or what victims go through, and although this is only one person's story, it definitely made me think a lot more about these situations and what kind of strength it takes to survive.
4/5 stars (304 pages) published 2011
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
It took me forever to finish this. When I first started listening to it when it came out, I could only get through a few chapters because it was SO creepy/awkward and voyeuristic. However, when I returned to it, it got much better and I was definitely hooked after a while. I loved the twist at the end and really enjoyed the last third of the book. This is a book to consider reading if you like darker, mystery novels.
3.75/5 stars (336 pages) published 2015
My Story by Elizabeth Smart & Chris Stewart
I found this book to be extremely repetitive. The end turned out to be better than most of the beginning/middle, but I felt like a lot of this was catered to the rumors that Elizabeth heard about herself- like that she has Stockholm syndrome (because she continually said she never developed any attachments to her kidnappers). I enjoyed A Stolen Life (as much as one could while listening to the horrors of what Jaycee had to go through...), so I thought I would enjoy this one too. It was okay, definitely not one of my favorites.
2.5/5 stars (320 pages) published 2013
I would be curious to see how you liked these books if you've read them! I know The Girl on the Train was very popular a few years ago, but it took me a while to finally get to it. I haven't seen the movie, but I heard it was worse than the book (is any movie better than the book, though?!).
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