Monday, September 21, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Unraveling the Train of Events (Suspense)


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is a thrilling psychological ride about a depressed, unemployed, divorced, alcoholic woman who rides the train to London every day and starts wondering about the people’s lives in the houses she passes.  She focuses on one particular “perfect, golden” couple—a delicate, beautiful woman and her handsome husband.  She plays that mental game where she creates their lives in her head.  She imagines their daily routines, their relationship, their hobbies.  Then one day she’s suddenly involved in their lives in a way she never imagined. 
I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t wait to get back to it each morning and evening to find out what was going on. It was quick and easy and definitely held my attention.


This was a book club selection and the girls in my club really liked the book. Everyone thought it was a good suspense story where the author kept setting "traps" for us, and of course, we happily fell into them as she guided us along giving us little bits of information that led us in different directions. One member mentioned that the author seemed to have a good insight into the way people think, especially this aging, alcoholic woman.  Very good book!  Thumbs-up all around.


This book met a few of my 2015 Book Challenges:  Read a suspense/thriller; read a book set in a foreign country; and read a book set on an island.

Happy Reading,


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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Book Title Acrostics

What’s in a Name? (Word Game)

What is Book Title Acrostics?  Well, it’s just a fun and nerdy little word game where you spell out your name with book titles that you’ve read­­­.  I got this amusing idea from Monica’s Bookish Life, a book review blog I follow.  She, in turn, got it from another book review blog she follows.  So, here’s my name in books I've read and enjoyed.  Click on the links to read the reviews.  

Around the World in80 Days by Jules Verne


Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen


Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn


Tracks by Robyn Davidson


Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks


Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton


Can you write your name with titles of books you've read?  I imagine it may not be that easy for everyone. For example, Xena and Xavier might find it bit more challenging.  :)

Happy Reading,



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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Patty Jane’s House of Curl by Lorna Landvik

Sisters and Their Misters (Lost and Found Love)

Patty Jane’s House of Curl by Lorna Lanvik is about a woman whose husband disappears one night after an argument, changing the direction Patty Jane thought her life was headed.  The 7-month-pregnant Patty Jane learns to move forward one day at a time with the help of her best friend—her lifelong support—her sister Harriet, as well as her mother in law.  Together the three ladies and the baby, Nora, form a strong family bond that takes each person through different highs and lows. 
I really enjoyed this story that was set in Minneapolis, starting in the 1950s.  The author’s wit and wry humor kept me going as did the strong love the characters had for each other.

Funny and touching.
This book met one of my 2015 Book Challenges:  Read a book about siblings.

Happy Reading,



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