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Mini Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

girlonthetrainI’ve decided to start posting mini reviews of books that I read, but don’t desire to write a full fledged review of on my blog. As I mentioned in my 2016 Book Goals post, I’m hoping to post 26 full reviews on my site this year — half of the goal that I aimed for in 2015. This is in part so I can focus on other projects (like my podcast!) and because while I might be able to read 52 books in one year, writing reviews of 52 books was an insurmountable mountain for me. Thus, I’m going to start posting mini reviews on my blog to balance the lengthier 26 reviews I’m aiming to post this year. The shorter reviews will either be dedicated to books that I felt ambivalent about while reading (aka I didn’t necessarily love or hate the book) or books that are wildly popular (like this review) and you a) have likely already read it or b) have decided whether or not you’re going to read it already. So without further adieu, here is my very first mini review of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. 

I give this book 3.5/5 stars. This book was an extremely quick read and was very easy to jump back into after putting it down, no matter what’s going on around you aka this is a good book to read on a train! It was a decent thriller that I didn’t figure out until right before the big reveal… but I also wasn’t super curious to find out what the big reveal actually was. Was the book engaging while it was in my hands? Yes. Was it dominating my thoughts whenever I wasn’t reading it as I want mysteries to do? No. Will I remember the details of this book two months from now? Probably not.

I’ve never seen a title on GoodReads be reviewed by so many of my friends, aside from the Harry Potter series maybe, so obviously there’s something in this book that captivates a large number of people (side note: this article detailing the book’s wild success on GoodReads is worth a read of its own). I bumped it up on my To-Read list because of a strong-sell from a friend and because a promo photo of Emily Blunt starring in the film version was released. This book will be talked about a lot so I’m happy to have read it so I can participate in discussions with peers, but overall, I kind of wish this girl (me) had picked a different book to read on the train.

Publication Date: 13 January 2015 by Riverhead Books. Format: Hardcover.

Author: Paula Hawkins web/@twitter/facebook

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#findabook and autumn round up!

Long time, no post! As I mentioned in my last post, I took a much needed hiatus to focus on studying for a major test. Now that I’ve taken the test, I need to shift my energy to writing applications related to that test which means I still don’t have as much time as usual to be reading books and reviewing them for my blog.

Amy's #findabook

When I’m not burrowing my head in application land, I’ve begun circulating a side project that I developed for the blog called #findabook. In order to eliminate clutter from my life, I’ve decided to put books I own in public places to share them with strangers and friends. In order to kickstart the project, I’ve sent a few books to friends via mail (fellow book blogger Amy was sent Bright Lines; my pal Shelly in D.C. was sent Fun Home; my longtime friend Lisa in Austin was sent Brain on Fire; my coworker Loulou was given Americanah) and left a few in public spaces (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeGone Girl, and The Martian). If you find one, please leave a comment and let me know what city you found it in and your name and be sure to pass along the book to someone new when you’re done! Speaking of projects, I’ll also be launching a podcast soon, but more on that later…

I’m still roughly on track to finish 52 books in 52 weeks, aka the motivation that led me to create this blog initially, and I hope the coziness of fall encourages me to spend some more time reading. I’m currently toggling between two books for two different book clubs. I’m listening to My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante and should have a review of that up in November and am reading 200 pages a month of Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace for a book club I’m leading. I’m thinking that I’ll post reviews of each of the 200 page chunks since it’s such an undertaking! Have any of you finished or attempted to finish this book before? I’m finding that the shared responsibility of tackling it for my book club has really motivated me through it. Feel free to join me digitally by completing the first chunk by early November or reading the first 400 pages by early December! If you’re joining, let me know and we can have an online discussion about what we’ve read so far!

During my absence, I was also tagged in some fun book blog related things (thank you Amy, Maryan, Chloe, and Alyssa!) that I’ll get to when I’ve officially left application land. I hope you’ve all had swell falls and have been able to cozy up to more books than I’ve had the chance to!

august round up! & a hiatus…

Hi friends, the August Round Up is coming to your blog feeds a little bit later because I’ve decided to take a momentary break with my blog (cue the classic, “It’s not you! It’s me!). After having a pretty eventful August, in terms of reading, posting reviews, and real life, I’ve decided to take a minor break to prioritize some major life events that are happening, like: 1. This weekend I became an aunt! 2. I should be spending my free time studying for a massive test! 3. I’m currently reading, the extremely long, but insanely enjoyable A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I’ll likely return in mid-October when I’m no longer needing to devote my spare time to studying and will be happy to snuggle up with some fall beverages and a book whenever the opportunity arises.

In order to not feel overwhelmed with backlogged book reviews when I return, I’ve decided to update my books read list to include ratings for every book that I’ve tackled in 2015 even if a review of the book doesn’t currently exist on the blog. You can find the ratings for books read during this summer, but not yet reviewed, just below (and in my jumbo list). I’m hoping that I’ll feel motivated to include reviews of all of them when I return, but I’ll see how I feel in October. In other news, I’m still on track to conquer my goal of reading 52 books in 52 weeks! I’ve currently completed 43 books this year, so I only need to finish 8 more to succeed in my goal, which is the entire reason I started this blog!

Here’s a list of books I’ve read this summer, but haven’t had the chance to review. If you click on the book titles, you’ll be taken to each of their respective pages on GoodReads.

  1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven ★★
  2. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ★★★★★
  3. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer ★★★
  4. The Martian by Andy Weir ★★★★
  5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews ★★★★
  6. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen ★★★

Here is a list + links to book reviews and posts that actually got published during August.

 dontfailmenow funhomeatthebeach

idontknowwhatyouknowmefrom readyplayerone

  1. Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam: A Book Release (event; book review here)
  2. Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche ★★★★★
  3. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel ★★★★
  4. I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer ★★★★
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (through a book conversation with Amy) ★★★★★

I also launched my #findabook project, which I may lightly continue during my hiatus, but will definitely devote a full blog post to when I return in October. I look forward to telling you all about it and sharing more books with the world!

Ciao for now! I’ll be back when the leaves start to change. Hope you all have lovely Septembers!