Book Review: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 346 pages

Published: January 8, 2018

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Fiction & Literature, Mystery & Thrillers

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Most Popular Books in US Public Libraries (Shown By City)

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15 city public libraries provided the website Quartz the recent circulation rankings and it looks like Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee and The Girl On The Train  are the most popular books to be checked out:

The time period for the checkout lists varied by library, but all were each library’s most recent figures. Some libraries provided Quartz with lists for July, others for August, and some provided lists that spanned multiple recent months. Because Go Set a Watchman was released on July 15, its popularity could be underrepresented by some libraries’ lists.

Watchman was popular enough to be a top 10 most popular book at nine of the libraries. The Girl on the Train was checked out enough to make 11 top 10 lists.”

To read the full article and see a larger image of the “book map”, click here.

UK’s & US’s Bestselling Books: Week Ending August 29

It looks like we have some newcomers in the US Bestselling list. Again, this week’s UK listing is taken from Waterstones bestselling list:

UK Bestsellers:

  1. The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld Novels 41) – Terry Pratchett
  2. The Taming of The Queen – Philippa Gregory
  3. Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee
  4. The Girl on The Train – Paula Hawkins
  5. Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian – E.L. James
  6. Gray Mountain – John Grisham
  7. Us – David Nicholls
  8. Enchanted Forest An Inky Quest and Colouring Book – Johanna Basford
  9. 14th Deadly Sin – James Patterson
  10. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book – Johanna Basford

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Characters I Didn’t Click With

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With”

This took awhile since I had to differentiate between characters I disliked and characters I didn’t click with:

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Amy was clingy and whiny and Rachel was just depressing all the time. Probably one of the reasons I didn’t like the book that much.

 

 

 

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3. Frank Churchill from Emma by Jane Austen

He is not as bad as George Wickham and I understand that he needed to conceal his engagement with Jane Fairfax…but you’re telling me he couldn’t find another way to hide it other than flirting with another woman, especially in front of his fiance?

 

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4. Kim from Don’t Get Me Wrong by Marianne Kavanagh

Understood where she was coming from but had hard time feeling sorry for her, especially when some of the problems that were caused were of her own doing.

 

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5. Edmund Bertram from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen 

He is not a bad character. It’s just…I feel that Fanny deserved better. I am rereading Mansfield Park now so maybe my perception of him will change.

 

 

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6. Robinson Crusoe from Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Both him and the book was soooo boring!

 

 

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7. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

She was just a very bad narrator. It was difficult for me to get through the story because of her.

 

 

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8. Lemuel Gulliver from Gulliver’s Travles by Johnathan Swift

Same reason I gave for Robinson Crusoe.

 

 

 

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9. Shea Rigsby from The One & Only by Emily Giffin 

Maybe it was the type of relationship that she was pursuing but I just couldn’t emotionally click with Shea like I usually do in Giffin’s other novels.

 

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10. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Sometimes his passion for revenge got the best of him.

 

 

 

What characters did you not click with?

 

Weekly Tea Discussion: Likeability

Books_Cups_Grass_Tea_CupCharacters are such a vital part of any book.

Why am I telling you something you already know?

Because while they are so important, characters can also affect how you feel about the book in its entirety. If you are overcome by the negative characteristics, you might forget about everything else that’s good about the novel and just focusing on the bad. So that is why this week, I will be talking about likeability of characters.

As book lovers, we are bound to have a personal connection with the characters, which of course is natural. When we read, we’re entering into another world, trying to get a sense of our surroundings, develop a deep connection. So in order for us to like this new world, we have to like the people who are in it, i.e. the characters. It’s only expected. But is having that deep connection with the book characters hindering our own experience with this new world? Are we allowing characters’ particular personalities judge a book unfairly?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015″

Here there are:

1. Emma by Jane Austen

No list can be complete without Jane Austen novel and even though it was my second time reading it, it just had to be number one.

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2. The Sound of Glass by Karen White

My favorite of a book I’ve read for the first time so far for this year

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3. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberley McCreight

Love in the Elephant Tent: How Running Away with the Circus Brought Me Home

4. Love in the Elephant Tent: How Running Away with the Circus Brought Me Home by Kathleen Cremonesi

5. The Grantchester Mysteries Series by James Runice

Unknown Sender

6. Unknown Sender by Ryan Lanz

Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars #2)

7. Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars #2) by Rob Thomas

The Bones of You

8. The Bones of You by Debbie Howells

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9. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I feel as the year goes on, this will be lower on my list.

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10. Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

Click on links to read my reviews!

What books have made your list so far for this year?

UK’s & US’s Bestselling Books: Week Ending June 20, 2015

After selling 1.1 million copies in its first week released, breaking records, it’s no surprise that Grey is number one in the UK. But shockingly, not in the US. The Girl on the Train is still going on strong, holding on to its crown. Maybe Grey overthrow its reign next week? We’ll just to wait and see.

UK Bestsellers:

  1. Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian – E.L. James
  2. The Sunrise – Victoria Hislop
  3. Burn – James Patterson
  4. Personal – Lee Child
  5. Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites – Mary Berry
  6. Us – David Nicholls
  7. Guy Martin: My Autobiography – Guy Martin
  8. Twisted – Lynda La Plante
  9. Waterloo The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles -Bernard Cornwell
  10. The Woman Who Stole My Life – Marian Keyes

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UK’s & US’s Top Bestselling Books: Week Ending May 30, 2015

For the second time, Lovereading.co.uk has not updated their website, so I’ll again be using Waterstones’ bestselling listing.

You can definitely tell that graduation is in full swing; Oh, the Places You’ll Go!  has increased spots on the list. Maybe next week in can top The Girl on the Train?

UK Bestsellers: 

  1. Grey – E.L. James
  2. Us – David Nicholls
  3. The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
  4. Personal – Lee Child
  5. The Girl on the Train-Paula Hawkins
  6. The Good Life – Martina Cole
  7. Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom – Millie Marotta
  8. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind –Yuval Noah Harari
  9. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  10. Yes! No (Maybe…) – Liz Pichon

US  Bestsellers:

  1. The Girl on the Train-Paula Hawkins
  2. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – Dr. Seuss
  3. 14th Deadly Sin – James Patterson
  4. Paper Towns by John Green
  5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  6. Seveneves – Neal Stephenson
  7. Memory Man – David Baldacci
  8. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  9. The Wright Brothers – David McCullough
  10. Beach Town – Mary Kay Andrews

Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by Riverhead Books

Rachel is really down on her luck. She is a severe alcoholic, which led to her losing her job, losing her husband to another woman, and has a small room in another person’s flat. The only solace she finds is the same commuter train she takes every morning. She also takes comfort in watching the same suburban couple, breakfasting on the deck. Rachel starts to feel intimate with them, even giving them the names of “Jess and Jason”. Until she sees something shocking. And this shocking event leads Rachel becoming involved in an event with serious ramifications  that will affect all the lives pf everyone involved, including Rachel’s.

This was a captivating novel. But when I say “captivating”, I think I use that term very loosely.Let me just say this right off the bat. A lot of reviewers and other fellow readers have compared to this novel with Gone Girl  by Gillian Flynn. The two things that are relatively similar to Gone Girl  are the three different perspectives the novel is told and you won’t like any of the characters. That’s basically the only connection.  Continue reading “Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins”