The Girl On The Train

girlontrain“My head leaning against the carriage window, I watch these houses roll past me like a tracking shot in a film. I see them as others do not; even their owners probably don’t see them from this perspective. Twice a day, I am offered a view into other lives, just for a moment. There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.”

The Girl On The Train
By Paula Hawkins

My mystery book group met last night to discuss The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. I was initially a bit set against this book I admit because off all the hype. I previously mentioned that my library had some 90+ holds on this book. And, of course there were all the comparisons of if you loved Gone Girl, you’ll love this book.

Oddly enough, I managed to not read too many reviews about this book so I didn’t know much about the plot. I didn’t even realize this was not set in the States. So once I started reading I found myself sucked into the story.

Three women, Rachel, Anna and Megan are at the center of the story with Rachel being the girl on the train who is not the most reliable of narrators given that she is an alcoholic and in an extremely emotional state after her marriage has come crumbling down. She invents lives for people she doesn’t know, and she is practically inventing a life for her between all the lies she tells.

Still while she’s facing such a terrible time, I found it hard to think of her as a sympathetic character. Most characters in this book aren’t very likable and perhaps that was the intent so as to create characters that you would think could be capable of anything in the right circumstances.

The thing that I found most interesting among our group was that the men didn’t like this novel very much while the women did. So yes, while I wasn’t too keen on reading this book in the end I liked it a lot. I wasn’t surprised by the ending necessarily but I liked the uncertainty I felt about events and characters while I was reading it. Have you read this? What did you think?

Source: Personal copy

Happiness Is…

The weekend is almost here and I’m really looking forward to it. I have a long list of things I want to get done so hopefully this hot weather (we’ve been hitting the 100s) will not wear me down too much. So to keep this short and sweet here are some things that are bringing me joy lately.

The recent announcement of the Austin Book Arts Center. I can’t wait to join and take some classes. I already saw that they have an intro to letterpress class. I want to sign up right now but Fall is usually a busy time for me with work events, my shop vending events and holidays but this is so exciting. I’ll be sure to let you know after my first visit.

Red garden shoes. No excuses for why I can’t go out and help my husband in the garden right?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACute planner stickers. I use a Filofax planner so I get a kick of out these cute stickers. Good also for just general journaling, to add to notes, etc. You can find tons of these on Etsy and Ebay. I have some from the Bonnie series and the Cooky Helloday series.

Netgalley. I think some of Jenclair’s recent reviews have prompted me to checkout Netgalley more often. I don’t typically read a lot on my Kindle but being that we are going on vacation soon, I thought what a perfect way to check out some new titles and have plenty of books on hand.

Finally, watermelon. Love, love cold watermelon during these hot days.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend and let me know what you are enjoying lately.

Currently Reading

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI hope you all had a great weekend. I got to see some friends, did a bit of shopping and had some ice cream. It is way too hot here and ice cream is a must.

On the reading front I finished a wonderful book. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. Have you guys read it? If you haven’t and are looking for a charming and sweet story, you need this one. On the cover it has a blurb about Bridget Jones meets Little Miss Sunshine and I can see why.

So my other books were left to the side while I read this one but now I’m back to reading Brokken Monsters by Lauren Beukes, which is quite the creepy thriller but I’m very much intrigued.

I’m also still reading Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. This book is not that long but it’s not holding my attention very much. I think it’s probably because I cannot stand one of the main characters. I’m very close to finishing it though so I will report back once I’m done.

Finally on the audiobook front, I just started Notorious by Allison Brennan. This is the first in the Max Revere series. I think this will be a good one for the gym. Now, let’s just hope I put in enough hours at the gym before the book is due back at the library. Ha.

What about you, what books are you reading?