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What I’ve Been Reading // August
I always find the time to read, but over the past 2 month I’ve not been able to find enough time. Opening my Etsy Shop & all the other life things took up quite a lot of my time. I did read three books though, which is still pretty good, especially when the only time I got chance to read was before I went to sleep so I am pretty happy with it. Anyway, here’s the three books that I read in August.
After I’ve Gone // ★★★★
This book is very hard to explain, but stay with me. Just got to mention first though. A little while ago, I tweeted Linda telling her I couldn’t wait for her new one to come out, when she informed me that the main character is called Jess and she’s 22, this made me feel rather special (it wasn’t based on me like, but still) and quite freaked out because I knew the story line and it didn’t seem like it was going to be a very happy ending. Basically, Jess, has 18 months left to live. She opens her Facebook page one day to see that it has skipped forward 18 month and her loved ones are leaving heartbreaking tributes to her on her timeline. She also finds out that she has a son that she hasn’t even conceived yet so even though she knows she’s only got a year and half left to live, she doesn’t want to change anything in case she never gets to meet her son. Can you see why it freaked me out a bit? I had no idea how it was going to end, I was almost certain that it wouldn’t end badly but as the story went on, I didn’t know how it would end at all, it definitely plays a few mind games and completely tugs at the heart strings. It was gripping from the first page and each chapter left you on a cliffhanger. The ending was perfect, and that’s not a clue.
In A Dark, Dark Wood // ★★★★★
So finally, after being recommended this by soo many people I’ve read it and I loved it. I thought it was going slow at first, but then it kicked in massively, after only a few chapters too and the story really got going. It’s about a girl, Nora, who walked out of her life 10 years ago and started from scratch, but she receives an email from an old school friend who she hasn’t seen for 10 years, inviting her to her hen do. Nora decides to accept the invite and catch up with her old friend, but it’s not at all what it seems and it all goes wrong. I had no idea what the plot was going to be but it was soo good. It’s packed full with twists you don’t expect and it’s got quite a few spooky bits too which makes it even more tense. When you think it’s the end, it’s not, there’s even more to find out and it was amazing.
The Women In Cabin 10 // ★★★
After reading In A Dark, Dark Wood I knew I needed to read the other Ruth Ware book that was waiting on my book shelf. It’s hard to explain the start, the story seems to kick right in and I was on the edge of my seat, but then it dropped and for about 100 hundred pages I was actually quite bored. I love getting to know characters normally, but I just wasn’t enjoying it, there were too many, I kept getting them mixed up and I just wanted the story to start so I was unfortunately getting quite frustrated. Finally the story kicks in and I did get a little bit more excited but not enough, it just wasn’t there. The suspense from Ruths last book was incredible and I couldn’t understand why this one wasn’t just as good. It got better though, the whole story was quite good and it got really good towards the end, I really liked the twists but the beginning just let the book down massively and the character detail just wasn’t right for me. I’m still going to read The Lying Game though because that sounds amazing.
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