I managed to finish three books in February but towards the end of the month I got sick and totally fell into a reading slump for a couple weeks. I did not feel like reading anything; not my textbooks, not any blogs and not even any novels. SADFACE. I had never really been through a reading slump before and let me tell you, it sucks. But thankfully today I managed to pick up a new book and I think I’m out of that slump. I’m currently reading The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda and so far it’s pretty enjoyable. I am also listening to The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, narrated by Imogen Church and I am really loving it.
The Couple Next Door
by Shari Lapena (1 out of 5 stars)
I wrote an entire blog post just for this book which you can read here. But basically I didn’t like it much. The first chapter really hooked me in because the book is about a child being kidnapped, which let’s be honest – is terrifying. I really felt like this was going to be a bad-ass book that I could not put down but I legit wanted to throw it at the wall a few times. I didn’t like a single character and it definitely book should have been written in first-person. Just read my blog post about it, I can’t even write anything about this book anymore.
by Gillian Flynn (3 out of 5 stars)
Gone Girl and Dark Places are two of my favorite books so I was really hoping I would enjoy Sharp Objects. I actually think this was Flynn’s debut novel! It wasn’t terrible but I didn’t like any of the characters and the one girl, Amma, was honestly one of the most confusing and annoying characters I have ever met. I think the author introduced way too many characters in this book and that was totally not needed. Maybe she was trying to trick us and confuse us as to who the culprit was but I just thought it was hard to keep up with so many characters. I think I counted 20+ characters in this book, mentioned by first and last name with little background stories of each one. Totally unnecessary. The story itself was alright, I guess. Some bits were super creepy. However, I would not recommend this book.
The Forgotten Girls
by Sara Blaedel (4.5 out of 5 stars)
I guess February was all about black book covers, geez. I didn’t realize that until now, lol. So this book is pretty amazing! It talks about some pretty heavy topics including murder, rape and mental illness. The main character, Louise Rick, is likeable enough. There is a lot about her that we do not know but I believe it is because this is the 4th book in a series…which I didn’t know when I picked it up. You definitely don’t need to read the first three books in order to understand this story. There are just parts of Louise’s history that you are left a little confused about but I am sure if I read the first three books and the books following this one in the series that I would have my questions answered. The writing itself is amazing, I was instantly hooked just by reading the first page. The story is creepy; an unidentified woman’s body is found in the woods and women are assaulted in the woods while they are out on walks. I can’t say much besides that, but that’s how the story begins. I definitely recommend this book.
What have you been reading? Have you ever been in a reading slump before?