Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February Books

Hello, friends! It's time for...

Life According to Steph

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart - This book killed three birds with one stone. 1. It was January's book for my IRL book club. 2. I chose it as part of Erin's reading challenge. 3. I just knew I wanted to read it. I really knew nothing about this book except that all the cool kids were reading it so of course I wanted to as well. I didn't know until much later that, while the book is fiction, most of the characters and events really happened, and the the main character, Constance, became the first female sheriff. Highly recommend.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware - December's book club book, but I didn't finish it in time and I didn't want anyone to spoil it for me so I didn't go to book club. I mean, we may meet in a bar, but we really do discuss the books, too. There's a murder mystery and it kept me guessing until the end. I didn't totally love it, but it was a good enough read. What I found interesting were some of the reviews on Goodreads in which people went OFF on the main character and I wondered why someone would keep reading while feeling such hatred toward the book.

And then I read The One You Love by Paul Pilkington - I don't think I've ever truly "hate read" a book until this one. Emma's fiance disappears a week before her wedding and the book focuses on her trying to figure out what happened. In getting to the answers, there are lots of twists and turns, and frankly, there are too many. And Emma had so many people completely obsessed with her I thought she was some kind of snake charmer. I finished it because I wanted to know whodunit but it was an annoying ride. This is the first of a trilogy. I won't be reading the next two.

What have you been reading?


  1. i don't understand why people read books with so much hatred towards a character either.... but then i have read books i absolutely hated as well haha. i'm really bad about needing to finish books. girl waits with gun sounds interesting!

  2. I have In a Dark, Dark Wood on my to read list, I like a good murder mystery and now I'm interested to see why everyone hates the main character too.

  3. I am really annoyed with the third book too, and I was like well I guess I have to read the others. But I can't. I tried with the second. No.

    I loved Constance as a character.

  4. YES to Girl Waits with Gun!!! I adored that book!!!

    In a Dark Dark Wood was on my nightstand and I had to return it before I read it and haven't picked it up again. I keep hearing good things about it so I probably should.

  5. I've got both In a Dark, Dark Wood and Girl Waits with Gun on my "to read" list. Guess I need to read them!

  6. Girl Waits with Gun sounds really interesting! Definitely adding it to my list.

  7. For some reason I thought Girl Waits with Gun was a memoir, not fiction and generally I prefer fiction over memoirs, so I never added it to my list. Now I'm more interested in it, which I know is kind of lame, so it's going on my list!

  8. I keep seeing Girl Waits With Gun, but had no idea it had some true events in there. Very cool! I didn't really like any of the characters in In a Dark, Dark Wood, but something made me keep reading.


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