Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April Book...and more!

For April, our book club read The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins.



First of all, it was a very quick read.  Sometimes, that's good, in a page-turning way.  You know that feeling: oh my gosh, I have GOT to finish this chapter and get to the next one!  Because you are just so wrapped up in the story.(*even though I didn't have pages with this one; I read it on my iPad.  See more about that below.*)

Or perhaps it's a quick read because it seems easy or not very thought-provoking. 

But The Girl on the Train was neither of these things.  It was a good story, but not overwhelmingly so, and it wasn't too simple, though I solved the mystery early...I'm not exactly sure what it was.  I think I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop.  I wanted to find a reason to like the main character...and, after awhile, I did.  I'm glad I did...it made the story more enjoyable for me.

Here are the other folks' reviews:
Cassie

Katie

Carmel

*This is the first book I ever read on my iPad. I have always told myself that I need a physical book; I need pages to turn.  I didn't find that to be true.  I though maybe I was reading this book quickly because I was able to blow up the pages, which may be true to a degree.  But I will probably never again read a book on my iPad because it ticked my husband off.  We have never had a television in our bedroom because, darnit, our bedroom is for SLEEPING. So I have been told in no uncertain terms that the iPad in the bedroom is strictly verboten.





The other book I read this month was After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman.  I like Lippman's Tess Monaghan series, and her stand-alone novels are similar to those of Jodi Picoult and Lisa Scottoline: genre fiction for women between Twilight and death.  

After I'm Gone is not Lippman's best stand-alone, but it's not her worst.  What I DID like about it was that she kept me guessing up until the very end!  (This rarely happens!)  It's the story of a decades-old disappearance and subsequent murder, with all the appropriate trappings.  **If you like series mysteries, check out Lippman's Baltimore Blues and get a taste of Tess!  (Which sounds vaguely pornographic, but there you have it.)

What have you read lately?




8 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i said the same thing about the ipad, but then i realized that i could have my mother in laws book collection at hand.... and so i bit.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i said the same thing about the ipad, but then i realized that i could have my mother in laws book collection at hand.... and so i bit.

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

yep, pretty much exactly how I felt about the book

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I use my Kindle when I travel and like it for that, otherwise it's a real book for me. I just finished 'Local Knowledge' by Liza Gyllenhaal and I really liked it.

Linda

Andrea said...

Oh my gosh! What did I just read? Why can't I focus long enough to come up with a name or storyline?! (It was one week ago fercryingoutloud) AH! The Storied Life of AJ Fikry (I suppose I could've worked that out on my own and THEN commented)

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I'm finally almost finished with the last Outlander book. I have two books in the que - Half Broke Horses and The Glass Castle. Both by Jeanette Walls. Both memoirs. They meet my criteria for books for the next few months . . . short.

Carla said...

The 3 most current books in the Gregor Demarkian series by Jane Haddam. The newest called Fighting Chance had a very surprising ending. Now I'm re-reading the Posados County mysteries by Steven Havill.

Carla said...

The 3 most current books in the Gregor Demarkian series by Jane Haddam. The newest called Fighting Chance had a very surprising ending. Now I'm re-reading the Posados County mysteries by Steven Havill.

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