recently read: February

February 17, 2015

My oh my, I have been reading some good books lately! Okay, I have kind of been reading some good books lately. Some of them I have been listening to. I’m totally addicted to listening to books while driving and working out these days, as I know I have mentioned more than once before. I have been listening through Audible, and I want to say my first book was free! (Psssst: and then when I went to cancel my $14.95 a month membership, they offered it to me at $7.49 a month for 3 months – which I’m sure they do to everyone, but just thought some of you might want that tip. 😉 )

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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If I had read this book instead of listening to it, I’m sure I would have read it in a day! If you were a fan of Gone Girl by Jillian Flynn, you will LOVE The Girl on the Train.  Rachel, the main character, commutes into London every day, and she takes the same train every day. On her commute she always watches a certain couple on their deck – “Jess and Jason”. Rachel feels like she knows them, and the life she has imagined for them is perfect. Rachel’s life, however, is not. She has lost everything that she once had, and her present life is a constant reminder of what a failure she is.

One morning, Rachel sees something over at “Jess and Jason’s” house on the way into London that doesn’t seem right. What happens next is a series of events that leaves Rachel weaved into a police investigation.

This novel is one you will not be able to put down. It had me guessing up until the very end!

The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass

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This dystopian trilogy had me hooked from the beginning. I listened to the first book, and at 8 hours in length, it only took me about a week to listen to. I couldn’t stop! The second and third book in the series were read over this past weekend. One book on Saturday, and another on Sunday. Needless to say, I didn’t get much done during nap time those two days. 😉

America Singer’s world is made up of rules, and many of them. In a country ruled by Clarkson Shreave, the kingdom of Illea is a much different country than the one we live in now. The country is made up of castes, a number assigned to you and your family that will determine your life. America, a five, is an artist by trade – and because of her caste, that is all she is allowed to be. America is in love with a six, Aspen, and this is something she knows would bring her mother great shame. So when news of The Selection comes out to all girls, aged 16-20,  in the country of Illea – America is pressured by her family to enter.

The Selection is a tradition in Illea – a tradition that will determine the new princess of Illea. Prince Maxon has to choose a wife out of thirty five Selected girls from Illea. For most, The Selection is an opportunity to escape from the life that was determined for them long before birth. For America, being chosen is dreaded, and when she is, The Selection pulls her into a life she never dreamed possible. Throughout the series, you will fall in love with America’s strong-willed, stubborn nature and you won’t be able to stop reading the love triangle that America finds herself in. This series reminded me of a “Bachelor” type competition – it was a fun read! I don’t want to go into too much detail about books 2-3 because I don’t want to spoil anything for you. However, if you read book 1 and liked it, I highly recommend you keep going!

Happy Reading!

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