Recent Reads Vol. 8

October 26, 2016

You guys, I've been reading up a storm lately and have so many good books to share with you! When the weather cools down I just want to stay inside cozied up reading all day.

The Woman in Cabin 10. Phew. I just whipped through this one because I couldn't get enough. It's a similar style to Gone Girl - a psychological thriller. It was honestly drama from start to finish, which I really enjoyed. I love when a book hooks me in right from the beginning. What I also enjoyed about this one was that I actually liked the main character. In both Girl on the Train and Gone Girl I kind of hated all of the main characters. Anyway, this one is about a woman who gets invited on a press trip aboard a small luxury boat. I won't give too much away but a lot of mysterious things happen aboard the ship that raise a lot of questions. There were some good plot twists that I didn't see coming! The author also wrote In a Dark, Dark Wood which I immensely enjoyed too. 

The Light Between Oceans. My mom recommended this one and once I found out about the movie I knew that I had to read the book first. #thebookisalwaysbetter. The Light Between Oceans tells the story of a couple that live as lightkeepers on an island off of Australia and they're having trouble having children. Then one day they rescue a baby out of the water and decide to keep her. The book walks us through their courtship all the way through their decision and how it affects them for years. It was beautifully written and a really intriguing story. I also know that part of the appeal was picturing Michael Fassbender as the main character ;)

The Longest Night. This one had been on my list of books to read for a while and I had honestly forgotten where I heard about it or what it was about. I ended up really enjoying it despite going in with no memory of the premise. It takes place in the '50's and follows a young army couple and their family as they move to Idaho so he can work at a nuclear reactor. He soon discovers that there are some shady things going on at the reactor and a lot of drama ensues. The book is written from various perspectives, which I always love because it develops the characters really well and you can see how they all intertwine. I know my description doesn't make it sound all that thrilling, but it's good I promise! It's loosely based on a true story about the men who worked at the real reactor, which I found very interesting too.

In Cold Blood. I mentioned in my last Recent Reads that I was reading The Swans of Fifth Avenue, which is about Truman Capote and his society friends. After reading that I was curious to read his most well-known book, In Cold Blood. It's basically the OG psychological thriller, but real life. It actually was the first true crime novel, and I can see why it was so popular. If you're not familiar, back in the '50's there was a man and his wife and two of his kids murdered in their Kansas home. It was a very small town and for months they couldn't figure out who would have done it or what their motive was. Truman Capote interviewed the murderers so you get to hear their side of things, which is just downright fascinating.

We Were Liars. This book tells the story of a wealthy, dysfunctional family who have their own island. Seriously, this family has a small island off of Cape Cod and every sister has their own house on the island. Even though it's fiction, I still found that concept to be very interesting. Anyway, it's told from the perspective of Cadence, a teen girl, who suffered a head injury and is having trouble remembering how she got injured and what lead up to her accident. There's a lot of twisted family drama, which livens things up in addition to her trying to piece together her past.  

What have you read lately that you'd recommend??
xo Catherine 

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