“WE READ TO KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT ALONE” C.S. LEWIS
Introducing the AOTR Book Club! Rather than publishing my top 10 books twice a year, I’ve decided to take on the challenge and review 4 books every month. I’ll give each book a short summary (without spoilers), my personal star rating, and will finish each post with a list of the books I plan to review the following month. I hope you can read along with me!
I Am Pilgrim
A long book, but one truly worth the commitment. I didn’t want to put it down – a captivating story that will have you guessing right up until the end. What is also remarkable is that ‘I am Pilgrim’ is Hayes first novel and he has done an incredible job developing characters and creating a suspenseful and intricate story. I won’t go into the plot as you’ll be hooked from page 1 anyway. Looking forward to what else Hayes has in store for us!
Looking for Alaska
I actually read Looking for Alaska from start to finish in one sitting on a long-haul flight to London from Hong Kong. In typical John Green fashion, the story tugs on a few heart strings as we fall in love with the characters and the relationships they have. It’s a beautiful story of love and tragedy that revolves around teens, Pudge (Miles), The Colonel (Chip), Takumi, Lara, and of course Alaska. You’ll cry, you’ll smile, you’ll get angry, but in the end you’ll be glad you read it.
We Were Liars
I know I’ve read a good book when I finish and I’m not sure what to think or what to do. We Were Liars had me captivated early on and held my interest to the last page. The characters are enthralling – though at times really frustrating – it made them feel more raw, more real. The ending was definitely a shock and will either make or break this story for you – I’ll let you be the judge.
Before I Go To Sleep
A really great example of a psychological, suspenseful fiction. This book was really hard to put down! It’s definitely a pulse pounding/impossible to predict type of story that will have you hooked from the get go. This is a story about Christine Lucas, who has this kind of amnesia that she developed following a traumatic “accident” 18 years ago that only allows her to store memory for only a day. Her memories are completely wiped once she goes to sleep, so everyday she has to relearn her life. The movie is definitely worth a watch as well!
I’ll be reviewing:
- The Host – Stephenie Meyer
- Where They Found Her – Kimberly McCreight
- Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith
- Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
If you happen to have read or are planning to read one or more of these, please link me if you’ve reviewed them, and I will share your link in my post next month!