Um, hey. Long time no see, eh?
On the plus side, the reason is I’ve been reading so damn much. I’ve been reading my way through all of April.
Here’s what I ended up diving into. I know so many of these are old news, so I didn’t dilly-daddle in my descriptions.
Blink – K.L. Slater:
Alright, who started this dumb Kindle store trend of ”The CHILLING MOST DRAMATIC PULMONARY EMBOLISM INDUCING twist of 2018”. Put your hands up. It’s basically book clickbait! I will not stand for it! Half of the books here are as a result. ANYWAYS, Blink. Missing girl story. It did indeed live up to the clickbait-y title, usual two narrative mystery story, slow to build on the world and character but about 40% in it gets super intriguing. Good mystery with good payback. Good. Borderline acceptable to not feel bad about spending the buck on it.
Overall review: 👏 👏
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
I am no connoisseur of the Girl Goes Missing genre, but I got this as a recommendation from the last book. Now, this one, is so well written. Told through the eyes of a man (amazing feat for a woman author!) you are brought to be this lil country boy who’s seemingly all perfect wife has disappeared.
This is what reading is about, being able to enter a fully formed brain of a character for those few chapters in those few words. Diary entries in a novel are so cliche and cringe (as I imagine this blog is ha ha fourth wall!) but it was so rich in world building. I was, I’ll admit, invested in how it ended. Gillian made a world that was so concrete you forget all the nuances of real life. And that was it’s ”AMAZING SHOCK TWIST” as I imagine Amazon thinking about it.
Overall review: 👏👏👏👏
The Girl On the Train – Paula Hawkins
Yeah, no. NEXT.
Jk. I couldn’t feel sorry or relate to the character in this. A girl on a train (SHOCKER, I know) spots something out of the ordinary on her train journey. All sis needed to do was pick her damn self back up and move on with life and she’d have been fine but the end worked out well too. If you get frustrated by toxic personalities this ain’t it, move along.
Overall review: 👏👏 (because we know Rachel is still out there having a mental breakdown so 2 for support)
The Hunting Party – Lucy Foley.
So I see this:
I went from left to right on those Amazon click-bait ads real fast…
Enter – The Hunting Party. Picture Cluedo but with messy character backstories because PEOPLE ARE TRASH. And guess who goes missing? ANOTHER WOMAN, keeping with the theme. ANYWAYs it was nothing like the clickbait promised but it was still an entertaining read despite the fact that I, me, predicted all of the ending.
Overall review: 👏
The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides
You know the name of the game now. Cue clickbait –
Honestly? Yeah, it was almost that good. Once you remove the sensationalism, they are right. It’s a complicated read where you’re seeing through the eyes of an unreliable narrator. And no, don’t be silly, of course there’s no missing girls! This one can’t speak, duh. But seriously, it’s a good read for a journey. Pick it up
Overall review: 👏👏👏
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
I enjoyed 1984 by George Orwell. I always heard about this in the same vein, so I downloaded this too. I needed a break from the sensational Kindle headlines, it was draining my bank. So in this, a chap works for the firemen and it’s his job to burn books, until one day, someone finally asks him why and he’s brave enough to ask why too.
It’s a fitting story for our times despite being published in 1953. We need dramatic clickbait titles to buy books instead of being intrigued by a funky cover in your local bookstore. We must never forget to ask why and this book reminds us why we must do that, because Bradbury’s future predictions are not far off at all.
Overall review: 👏👏👏👏
Vox – Christina Dalcher
Another impulse purchase, can you blame me?
I dunno who this Richard and Judy person are but if they’re reading this I better too. The concept – realistic and intriguing. Women are limited to 100 words a day (that includes writing and reading!). Crazy concept, right? Well, poor execution. First of all, making the women silenced because of Christians? There’s gotta be a better way to paint the story, to make it believable and without villainizing a whole religion.
The main character leaves a lot to be desired for a badass female lead. The men around her are just as annoying as well as frustrating. If you can hold on to the ride for the concept, read it, but maybe don’t waste any coin on this. I’m not too sure what the takeaway message was – was that about protesting and being politically active? Most of us don’t walk around half blind and know our rights, but thank you Vox.
Overall review: 👏👏👏